Behind the music

Behind the curtains of Can Can music is being made!

Can Can goes to great lengths to produce and create unique creative experiences not found at any other space or show around the country or otherwise. We develop everything from all-original to re-produced/remixed soundtracks (and variations thereof) ranging from local Seattle favorites, pop recreations to creating full, all-original soundtracks with (or without) guest artists. Music is the very soul of the Can Can experience and it's with great sacrifice and care that we handle each and every musical detail on our stage.

Most recently we went behind the curtain to chat with Co-Producers, writers, and show music makers, Chris Pink (Can Can's Founder/Creative Director) and Dave Pezzner (DJ/Producer) about the direction and inspiration taken to create the brand new soundtrack to Can Can’s all-new summer hit, “The Legend of El Dorado.”

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Check out a few songs from Can Can’s new summer show, “The Legend of El Dorado” here!

 

 
 
 
Chris Pink, Founder/Creative Director

Chris Pink, Founder/Creative Director

What musical influences did you draw from in creating the score for The Legend of El Dorado?

For El Dorado it's sort of a fantastical combo of cinema, theatrical and dance music and the soundtrack is threaded with a classic outlaw country theme. Some influences were Ennio Morricone (The Good the Bad and the Ugly), Jim Steinman (Meatloaf, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion), Diplo (Electronic Dance Music Producer).

What do you want people to come away from this show remembering musically?

The diverse yet nostalgic soundscape and that it’s emotional, danceable, recognizable, yet original.

What is the most satisfying part of orchestrating an all new show like this?

Each show we create we get an opportunity to reinvent ourselves and up the ante. We are fortunate enough to have the rare opportunity to create several new shows per year allowing us to expand artistically with each time.

 
 

Dave Pezzner, Can Can Music Producer

Dave Pezzner, Can Can Music Producer

What musical influences did you draw from in creating the score for The Legend of El Dorado?

When Chris brought the idea to me initially we immediately conjured up visions of rockabilly ala Johnny Cash and Reverend Horton Heat. I'm imagining psychedelic rock standards of the Doors and Strawberry Alarm Clock, but then we're also wanting to pull in the some pop dance appeal of artists like Diplo or Cashmere Cat... As a DJ I'm thinking weird underground global bass and techno artists like Golden Kong, Magugu, or Joy Orbison. In much of the work I do for the Can Can I really love to pay homage to the cinematic tension you hear in scores by John Barry and John Williams. Of course we have some serious love ballad moments in El Dorado, so... Air Supply, Foreigner...


What do you want people to come away from this show remembering musically?

What Chris said. I'd love it for people to feel like they have come away with a truly unique musical experience.

What is the most satisfying part of orchestrating an all new show like this?

I keep learning something new from every show. Each one tasks me to approach music from a different angle and produce songs in fresh new way. In a really cool way, the vision of the choreography helps drive the composition of these tunes. In many cases the songs come out as a bit of a collaboration between the choreographer, the performers and the music studio, so it's music that can really only be experienced at The Can Can understand it's intent. You just have to be there.

 
 
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