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"The OC" and "Grey's" Music Guru Gets Her Own Label

"The OC" and "Grey's" Music Guru Gets Her Own Label

Alexandra Patsavas is known for getting songs by little-known indie acts — including Death Cab For Cutie and Imogen Heap — onto very well known TV shows like "The OC" and "Grey's Anatomy." Now, the music supervisor behind so many influential TV soundtracks is forming her own record label.

As reported today by Reuters, Patsavas just signed a deal with Atlantic Records to launch a new imprint called Chop Shop Records, sharing a name with her music-supervision business. The Pasadena-based label hasn't signed any artists yet, but Patsavas is most likely to scout the same types of indie-rock acts she's been breaking on TV. For the details,

According to the Reuters story:

Many basic details of the venture are still being sketched out. Patsavas says she will look to hire a label manager as well as handful of additional talent scouts and assistants to supplement the efforts of her existing Chop Shop music supervision team of three coordinators. But this much is known: It will be headquartered in South Pasadena, Calif., and is expected to handle as many as three acts at the outset.

I'll be interested to see how this all shakes out. I appreciate the fact that "OC" fans now know who the Walkmen are, and Patsavas can probably come up with some more innovative ways to promote up-and-coming bands. But giving mainstream exposure to bands on independent labels is quite different from discovering unsigned gems, so I'm curious to see how Patavas's skills transfer.


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lesocialite lesocialite 10 years
i love the music in greys and the oc. i can't wait.
balenciagababe balenciagababe 10 years
Wow, that's incredible, I can't wait to listen to who she signs! I had no idea she did the music for Grey's as well as for The O.C. - no wonder I love all of their soundtracks!
Karamelové Karamelové 10 years
oooh i like Bill Ricchini, Ballads in 2D is my soundtrack!!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
This could be awesome. Her ability to find great music is only rivaled by Zach Braff, who always manages to get great artists on both Scrubs and his movie soundtracks. The soundtrack for Garden State was amazing.
jor2590 jor2590 10 years
aw so awesome. i always loved the songs on the OC. once the show ended i was so bummed because i knew that i would have trouble finding amazing unknown bands. so, its good to hear this news!
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
She does such a great job picking the songs too. Like when she played Imogen Heap's cover of Hallelujah during Marrissa's death scene.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I may as well plug him. His name is Bill Ricchini. Watch the Grey's clip here, or check out his website.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Someone I used to work with is a musician and had a song featured on "Grey's" but he is unsigned. I hope she signs him, he deserves it! I agree, that would be my dream job. I've always wanted to create movie soundtracks and such.
yogini yogini 10 years
Both the music of the OC and Grey's Anatomy is awesome!!
mallomar mallomar 10 years
I agree Maggie Mae; that seems like a dream job!
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
oooh nice. I always thought that would be the most fun job ever (besides working as a Sugar Gal)- getting to choose the music for those shows.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
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