Xperiments From Dark Phoenix – Interview with Hans Zimmer

Showbiz Culture and the World of Hans Zimmer have shared with SoundTrackFest an exclusive interview conducted with Hans Zimmer about the recently released album ‘Xperiments From Dark Phoenix’.

Xperiments From Dark Phoenix - Interview with Hans Zimmer


Xperiments is probably the most unique film album of this summer featuring previously unreleased suites and themes written for the X-Men movie ‘Dark Phoenix’ (2019, dir. Simon Kinberg). With 12 tracks and a length of nearly 79 minutes, when the album was released Hans Zimmer wrote: “Some movies become a playing field for experimentation, encouraging for the laboratory doors to never quite close. We ended up with nearly 16 hours’ worth of music & it just seemed a shame not to let some random tracks & demos see the light of day. Enjoy!

Xperiments From Dark Phoenix - Album


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The Dark Phoenix storyline was controversial when it came out in Marvel Comics in the 1980s, because some thought a hero could not become that dark. How much research do you do into a comic book storyline before composing? Or do you watch only the current film version of the story?

Hans Zimmer: I knew the comic book, the story. And long conversations with Simon, our writer/director.


Do you read comics? If so, which character do you most relate to?

Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight” is pretty relatable, but any art done by Barry Windsor-Smith or Bernie Wrightson got me through my teen-age years. ‘Moebius’ – Jean Giraud became a favorite, and then Art Spiegelman elevated it all…


If you could have a super-power, what would it be?

Deliver a piece of music on time!


How did this album come about? Did fans demand it?

It was really because we truly had so many experiments left. The film had changed so much, but our core ideas had not… so it seemed like a fun idea to unleash those little bits of anarchy. Plus, so loved and really wanted to show off the amazing work people like Loire Cotler or Suzanne Waters (she sang once 11 hours straight…) did. Guthrie Govan, Tina Guo, Andy Page, and Nico Abondolo absolutely shine.


How was the process with your collaborators?

Let everyone invent, add ideas to each other’s work – be a band.


What can fans look forward to on this special release?

It’s basically a diary of ideas and seeing how they developed over time.



Questions to Hans Zimmer by Christoph Scholz /@showbizculture

Christoph Scholz is the Executive Producer of “The World of Hans Zimmer” and “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes”.


Q&A with Hans Zimmer /@worldofhanszimmer


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