Kier Lehman Talks Using Music to Compose the Vibe of Los Angeles in 'Insecure'


HBO’s hit present Insecure is renown for its celebration of fine native, modern music. Its large emphasis on the sound of the present is what initially drew music supervisor, Kier Lehman to affix the crew.

“I really like the way in which they function music and the function it performs within the storytelling," he explains. "The fashion of music they use feels very West Coast, like Los Angeles — very fashionable, not a throwback or a stereotype.”

Lehman collaborates on Insecure's music with present creator Issa Rae, director Melina Matsoukas, singer-songwriter Solange Knowles, and songwriter/musician Raphael Saadiq. The group works collectively to function a few of Los Angeles’ greatest up-and-coming artists that improve the uncooked and unfiltered portrayal of Los Angeles inside the present.

Lehman beforehand labored with HBO as a music supervisor for the sequence Entourage, establishing a relationship with one of many producers that ultimately landed him a spot with Insecure. “I didn't work on the pilot, however as soon as they picked up the present for sequence they introduced me in and I really first met with the producer and Melina,” he says. “At that time Solange and Raphael Saadiq had been already part of the crew, however I believe Solange didn't have a lot music supervision expertise, in order that they wanted anyone who may are available and actually ship on the nuts and bolts. in addition to collaborate on the inventive aspect with Solange.”

Once he noticed the pilot, he instantly beloved the idea. “It was filled with a whole lot of artists that I used to be already an enormous fan of, so I felt like I may deliver quite a bit to that fashion to maintain pushing it additional. That was one thing that the crew and I talked about early on. We wished to have the sound of the present be actually distinctive and be recognized as the precise sound of the sequence.”

Once he was on board, it was time to additional set up the function of music inside the sequence. It was essential that he and creator Issa Rae shared the identical imaginative and prescient. “We talked about artists that she beloved and wished to reference as a sound however that additionally complemented the rating that Raphael was creating,” he mentioned, “The first few instances had been me, Solange, Issa and Raphael getting collectively and speaking about these inspirational references and issues that she [Issa] didn't like. There had been some stereotypical West-Coast sounds that she didn't wish to embody. Everybody was throwing out artists that they had been actually into, or folks that had been linked with the Los Angeles scene on the time.”

The group determined to function artists who “actually outlined the trendy Los Angeles sound” to match the recent and lifelike tone of the present, doing their greatest to function feminine, L.A.-based artists. Lehman shares that feminine artists comparable to Ravyn Lenae and the rapper duo City Girls gained large consideration after their tracks had been featured within the new season, amongst many others.

The selections behind the crew’s music decisions parallel the themes of the present. We observe Issa’s messy and actual life in Season One, as she struggles to search out her place in Los Angeles and he or she simply can’t appear to catch a break. For the soundtrack, Lehman's crew stresses the significance of that includes proficient rising artists who’re making an attempt to seize a spot within the music scene. “I believe one thing that's actually essential for all of this and particularly for Issa, is how she offers individuals alternatives," he explains. She actually desires to be a spot for shining a light-weight on individuals who don't actually have these alternatives, connections, or relationships to get in with Hollywood productions.”

The crew offers proficient Los Angeles musicians the possibilities they deserve, particularly since they’re really the guts and sound of Los Angeles that the present wants. Who higher to form the trendy music fashion of Los Angeles for the present than the L.A. creators defining their very own sounds proper now? “Of course the music that comes from the Los Angeles or Inglewood space is absolutely essential for setting that scene,” Lehman shares. “So that’s positively the place that focus for L.A. up-and-coming artists is coming from. That all form of got here along with the fashion and the route of the present.”


Check out the playlist under, that includes all the songs utilized in Season three of Insecure — and for these of you upset that Season three is already over, Issa Rae posted to her Twitter earlier this month that the present has been renewed for a fourth season.