Q and A with Composer David Maclean


Music for The White Devil is composed by David Maclean and Tommy Grace from the band Django Django.

Django Django's debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize. David answers our questions below.
Find out more about Django Django.

What was your first job?
In the local grocery shop

What was the first album you bought?
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine

How did Django Django meet?
At art college in Edinburgh

How would you describe the music you are creating for The White Devil?
Dark gothic vengeful thriller

What was the first thing you saw in a theatre?
Snow White at Dundee Rep – it scared me but I was four!

What are your musical influences?
Everything from The Beatles to hip hop to techno to classical

What were your first thoughts when Maria asked you to work on The White Devil?
I was excited to get my teeth into a soundtrack as it's something I've always wanted to do

What has been your proudest moment of your career so far?
Our nomination for a Mercury Music award

How would you explain the story of The White Devil?
A bitter jealous revenge story

What was the last song you listened to?
The White Devil soundtrack – it's been on loop for the last six weeks

Shakespeare or Webster?
Webster! He is wittier and darker than Shakespeare

What's the best crowd you have ever performed to?
Japan Fuji Rocks Festival – they went mad but were amazingly polite about it

Photo: David Maclean watches rehearsals for The White Devil, by Keith Pattison.

The White Devil

by John Webster

Swan Theatre
30 July - 29 November 2014

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