Duck Tales Composer Talks About Getting The Music Right For Daisy’s Debut
Earlier this week, we here at MickeyBlog shared the news that Daisy Duck is making her DuckTales debut on a new episode that comes out today on DisneyXD.
In a scene that is sure to delight, we see the moment where Daisy becomes smitten with Donald and it’s all down to his singing voice!? Don’t believe us? Check out this clip below:
In Donald’s big musical number titled “Hear My Voice” this unexpected crooner was given a singing voice complements of Dominic Lewis who wrote the song and also serves as the composer for the series. For this all-important first meeting, the show’s producers asked Lewis to step-in as Donald’s singing voice so that we can hear Donald, not as we traditionally expect but rather as Daisy hears him!
In an interview with D23, Lewis said it wasn’t too much of a stretch to find his “inner duck.” He said, “I think everybody has a bit of Donald in them—very sweet, but can kind of explode at any point.” He adds, “I think—and my wife would probably agree—I’m an extremely sensitive person. That aspect of it was very easy to channel… Emotional stuff tends to come way easier to me than more general songs.”
The lyrics of this heartfelt tune were written by Madison Bateman who is also a staff-writer for the series. After reading the words, Lewis said that he “could hear the rhythms just come straight off the page.”
As a special treat for Disney fans, The Three Caballeros are also featured in the episode titled “Louie’s Eleven.” In the episode the trio wants to impress Emma Glamour, a popular tastemaker played by Bebe Neuwirth. As the trio devise a cunning plan to get an audience with Glamour, they come face to face with her party planner who just happens to be – DAISY!
Therefore, when Lewis was composing the song, he felt that it was important to pen a ballad that would sound like something the Three Caballeros would traditionally sing. What started out as a ballad quickly became infused with the sounds of reggaetón and Latin-influenced music.
In addition to working on music for DuckTales, Lewis has also worked on tunes for The Man in the High Castle and Disney Junior’s The Rocketeer. He says that he particularly enjoys how eclectic his work is with DuckTales, “That’s why I love this show. Every single episode I have to pull from a different genre and mix genres.” Lewis uses this episode “Louie’s Eleven” to demonstrate all of the different musical influences you can find in an episode, “I got to do that kind of caper-y Ocean’s Eleven-type stuff—’heist-y,’ kind of cool, jazz-influenced and hip-hop-influenced stuff for the mission” He added, “Then you’ve got the kind of source music for the party—the house music in the background. You’ve got ‘Hear My Voice’ and you’ve also got the kind of Vegas-inspired [music that accompanies an amazing show of talent from Dewey].”
Lewis says he finds it easy to come up with the tunes for DuckTales adding, “As soon as you get into the episode you’re like, ‘OK, I’m in.’” He shares, “If I’m honest, I think if I had a dial, my home dial, that ‘zero’ would be set at DuckTales. I think that’s where I’m set. That’s where I’ve been programmed.”
Don’t miss the new episode of DuckTales on DisneyXD now! Readers are also encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for more awesome details about Duck Tales and other Disney shows!
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