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Meet Alexandra Patsavas, The Woman Who Soundtracked Your Favorite TV

By Genevieve Burgess | Music | May 12, 2016 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Music | May 12, 2016 |

Chances are, a lot of you have found some of your favorite music through television. You probably watch more television than you listen to AM/FM radio, and licensing music for television shows or ads isn’t seen as “selling out” the way it used to be. And some shows are pretty good at uncovering new bands or new sounds that then go on to become the sound of a culture. Snow Patrol basically owes their entire career to Grey’s Anatomy.

The same can be said for Death Cab for Cutie and The O.C:

I realize that Twilight itself is basically awful, but did you ever take a look at the soundtrack? How did a group like Iron & Wine get on there?

The answer is one woman, Alexandra Patsavas, the music supervisor who’s been driving your taste in music since sometime in the early 2000s. She tends to work with Josh Schwartz on shows like The O.C, Gossip Girl, and Chuck, but she’s also put her mark on ABC’s Thursday night with her work on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, How to Get Away With Murder, and Scandal. But we’re not done. She’s also worked on period pieces like Mad Men, The Astronaut Wives Club, and Life on Mars. You’re more a Supernatural person? She’s done 166 episodes for them. She gave us the only redeeming parts of the Twilight saga, and the soundtracks for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This woman is still basically my god. She’s amazing, there’s a very good chance you owe her for your favorite song, and now you know who to thank.


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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.