How TV music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas makes unknown artists mainstream on TV shows

Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas opens up about her successful career in TV, breaking small indie acts on shows like The O.C., Grey's Anatomy and Riverdale.
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Before the Killers blew up, they were performing at The Bait Shop, a fictional concert venue on the 2000s TV series, The O.C. Since then, they've seen massive success and have even been nominated for Grammys. But when Alexandra Patsavas, music supervisor for The O.C., featured them on the show, they were just another up-and-coming band. 

Crossing unknown artists over to the mainstream through television is something Patsavas has become known for. She curates the music for those big on-screen moments. She's been the music supervisor on shows like Grey's AnatomyMad Men and, most recently, Riverdale. Along the way, she has helped bands like The Fray, Snow Patrol and Tegan and Sara get big international exposure. 

She's been nominated for Grammys for her music supervising skills and is often credited as the reason why TV became the go-to place to hear new music in the mid-2000s. Patsavas has had an incredible career and today, she'll join Tom Power to talk all about it.

— Produced by Vanessa Nigro


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