Peaky Blinders actress Gaite Jansen about the series' soundtrack

Dutch actress Gaite Jansen is starring in the latest series of Netflix’ and BBC’s popular gang drama Peaky Blinders. We loved her performance in this third season of the series, created by Steven Knight and famous for the wonderfully unusual soundtrack. Using modern music for a period drama has, like most things, been done before, but not quite like this.

Gaite, how important is the role of music in the TV series and movies that you play in?
"Music can be so incredibly decisive. It can support a scene but also be an integral part of its structure. If you're on set filming - in general - there’s no music played, so when I eventually see the scene with the music the feelings evoked by it are new to me. But in a series like Peaky Blinders the music is so supportive throughout that it is in fact, like a separate extra character. In this particular series, the role of music is immensely important. It would not be the same without it."

What kind of music do you like?
"I really like a lot of different music, so I find it hard to say specifically what kind of music I like because my taste is very diverse. I like everything from R&B and hip hop to indie."

What do you think of the music used in Peaky Blinders in terms of both the tracks that were already released and the specially commissioned ones?
"It's fantastic. The music is absolutely indispensable to the series and the choice of music is extremely strong and powerful. Each song tells a story which reflects what’s going on in the series."

Was music used on the set?
"No. But we talked a lot about it, so I was very aware that it was important to the director."

Did you know when recording the scenes how the music would sound? Or is that something you really have to wait for? What was your reaction to the results?
"I only heard the music when I saw the series, but I already knew some of the artists whose music was going to be used, and I am thrilled with the results. I like the music in each scene because it's so supportive. I think Peaky Blinders is a perfect example of how film and music can be genuinely uplifting when they work together like that."

"On a gathering storm comes a tall handsome man in a dusty black coat with a red right hand." We believe there simply couldn't be a better title song for Peaky Blinders than Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. What were your favourite tracks?

In no particular order of preference:

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand (Peaky Blinders Theme) - Because this song is absolutely the best theme song ever.
  2. Meet ze Monsta - PJ Harvey. 'What a monster, what a night, what a lover, what a fight.' Such a great way to announce Tatiana Petrofina (my character) in episode three.
  3. Lazarus - David Bowie (Because David Bowie is a legend)
  4. Howlin For You - The Black Keys
  5. DNA - The Kills
  6. What He Wrote - Laura Marling
  7. R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys
  8. PULL A U - The Kills
  9. Monkey 23 - The Kills
  10. Broken Harp - PJ Harvey

Listen to all songs here:

    


Want to know more about this beautifully anachronistic soundtrack? Go to: www.buma-music-in-motion.nl/page/496/the-wonderfully-unusual-sound-of-peaky-blinders

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