Daniel Pemberton on Composing 'Ocean's 8' Soundtrack

14th June 2018
The much anticipated follow up to the Oceans Eleven trilogy, Oceans 8, is currently sitting at No. 1 at the US box office, and today marks the UK release of the high-action comedy thriller. The composition and score have always been paramount to the Oceans trilogy, featuring music that complemented the narrative beautifully, driving the tense heist sequences and keeping an edge-of-the seat up-tempo atmosphere from start to finish. Take a listen to 'Fugue in D Minor' from the soundtrack which executes this exceptionally.

While the score for the original trilogy was composed by David Holmes, Oceans 8 features a new composer at the helm, coming in the form of Daniel Pemberton. British composer Daniel Pemberton, synonymous for his work composing the scores of Molly's Game, All the Money in the World, Steve Jobs, seamlessly weaves a multitude of musical genres into the Oceans 8 score, with the immense twenty-four soundtrack transitioning between big band, electronica, jazz and swing to name a few. The soundtrack works flawlessly in driving the film's intensity and humour, capturing the essence of the originals, whilst also crafting its own sound.
The majority of the recording took place at Power Station Studios in New York, alongside Abbey Road's Sam Okell, with the editing duties taken on by Paul Pritchard and Matt Mysko of Abbey Road Studios. Also mastered by our own Alex Wharton, Daniel Pemberton spoke to us about the importance of including Abbey Road in the project: "When I found out I'd be recording and mixing Oceans 8 in New York City, like any good heist mastermind I needed to make sure I had the best crew I could get. That's why I made sure I got Abbey Road's Sam Okell out on a plane and kept Paul and Matt in London burning through the time zones in the UK so we could get the insane amount we needed to do done before the Warner Bros police turned up and carted me away."
"They made what I did sound way better than I hoped and, as a result, the movie is a massive smash. Yay! But as much as I loved New York like some kind of musical Ronnie Biggs, I couldn't leave the UK forever if only because I missed Dave and Doreen in the Abbey Road bar. Manhattan doesn't have everything you know..." - Daniel Pemberton. Abbey Road's Sam Okell played a vital part in the recording process. For a heist movie set in NYC, where better to record the soundtrack than in the city itself. We had some phenomenal musicians recording in the iconic Power Station Studio A during sessions in January and March. With a trip home to London for some mixing sessions at Abbey Road, we finished our mixing at the equally legendary Electric Lady Studios". - Sam Okell. Buy the soundtrack here.