Composer, producer, sound designer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Reitzell combines his wide-ranging influences into evocative music that borrows the best from classical, avant-garde, indie rock, and more.
Growing up in San Francisco, Reitzell listened to industrial pioneers such as Einstuerzende Neubaten, as well as Ennio Morricone, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. He also served as Redd Kross' drummer during the '90s, first appearing on the band's 1993 album Phaseshifter. His first work as a music supervisor came later that decade, when director Sofia Coppola approached him to work on her 1999 film The Virgin Suicides. The project led to working with Air -- who composed the movie's original music -- on their 2001 album 10,000 Hz Legend, as well as reuniting with Coppola to compose the music for 2003's Lost in Translation, for which he and collaborator Kevin Shields were nominated for a BAFTA Award. Along with providing music for Coppola's subsequent films Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring, Reitzell's other career highlights include his work as producer on 2004's Friday Night Lights soundtrack and his score to 2007's 30 Days of Night. The stark, percussive approach he took on the latter inspired the sound of one of his most high-profile gigs: providing the music for NBC's stylishly horrific TV series Hannibal starting in 2013. The following year, Reitzell released his debut album Auto Music -- which included collaborations with Shields and Jim James -- on Smalltown Supersound in June, while his score to the video game WATCH_DOGS appeared on Invada in August. Reitzell reunited with Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller for his televised version of Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods. The soundtrack to the show's first season, which incorporated jazz, metal, electronic, African, and folk influences, as well as collaborations with Shirley Manson, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Jim James, arrived in June 2017.~ Heather Phares