Exclusive Q&A with Tómas Daniels (Miss Scarlet & The Duke composer)

Thanks to a collaboration with Scarleteers – Fans of Miss Scarlet & The Duke, we were able to forward some questions from our followers to Tómas Daniels, the composer of the Miss Scarlet & The Duke soundtrack.

First of all, thank you very much, Mr Daniels, for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to answer our questions!

Everyone just really loves the soundtrack, so the most asked question is: where can I buy, download or stream it? Are there any plans to release it?

Yes!! As part of the planning for S2, I had a chat with the wonderful Jeanette at Avant Music Publishing the other day. A soundtrack album with The Theme, Closing Credits Track and some favourite cues from S1 should be available to download and stream before S2 airs.

What is the song called that is played during the opening credits?

It’s based on a pre-existing library track the guys at Phase had done for Cratedigger Music called ‘Going Places’. When I played Rachael, Declan and all the other execs in the USA pieces that me and the team at Phase had done in the past to try and find the right tone for The Opening Theme, they fell in love with it. I shaped it and gave it the Scarlet sound and Cratedigger were good enough to allow it to reach its destiny as The Scarlet Theme.

During the theme song / opening credits, is there a female voice singing or vocalizing sounds? If so, what is the name of the singer?

There is a great company called Output who make brilliant synths and audio software for the computers that I use in my studio. They make a wonderful vocal plug in called ‘Exhale’. The vocalized sounds are from that.

Suzanne Lau: The main theme tune for Miss Scarlet & The Duke is one of my favourites. What inspired you to create the theme tune the way you did in relation to the show? I really love the rock music element to it.

The Execs wanted the theme to sound like current commercial music mixed into the ‘The Scarlet Band’ (which was the instrumentation we’d decided upon to deliver the score – all organic sounds that, although you couldn’t record them back in Victorian London, you could hear them back then…)

Lucy Feekins: Really love the whole soundtrack you’ve created (would love to be able to listen to it somewhere!) Were you influenced by anyone/thing in particular, and did you have to do any specific research for the show in relation to instrumentation/ ideas?

For the score, Dec & Rachael gave me the guidance that we wanted the sounds to be organic and believable from the past – no synths or electric guitars. I’ve been influenced by so many great composers, producers and arrangers along the way. They’ve all helped!

Helen Collins: I think there are tambourines and cymbals there? Could you tell me what other instruments are used in this amazing music?

The Scarlet Band was:

  • Solo Violin 
  • Solo Cello
  • Solo Viola
  • Double Bass
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Banjo
  • Piano
  • Celesta
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord 
  • Percussion (including tambourines, cymbals, snare, bass drum and sticks)
  • Dulcimer

I augmented the band with a chamber orchestra and sometimes a symphony orchestra too – for the ‘glamour cues’!

How did you come to be a composer?

My Mum forced me to have piano lessons. She used to say “you’ll thank me when you’re older” – she was SO RIGHT! I was very lucky and was given a few opportunities with the Phase guys. I delivered and they came to trust me.

Was Miss Scarlet & The Duke your first time composing for TV?

No, BUT it was my first time out on my own – scary, but thrilling, I loved it so much and am so proud that my first solo gig is a show that philosophically I truly believe in. Rachael has created characters that I love and a show that helps the world get better by showing us the folly of sexism and prejudice. It’s an honour to be part of that.

Final question: Will you be back composing the soundtrack for season 2?

Yes!! I can’t wait. It’s going to be even better!!!

Thanks for asking me to answer these questions Isabel. I’ve really enjoyed it!

Thank you so very much again, Mr Daniels! It was a pleasure talking to you and we look forward to hearing more of your amazing music!

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