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Sony Music Masterworks: "BAD TRIP" music by Joseph Shirley and Ludwig Göransson

Sony Music Masterworks announces the March 26 release of BAD TRIP (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by composer JOSEPH SHIRLEY with additional music by LUDWIG GÖRANSSON.  Available for preorder now, the album features score music from Netflix’s newest hidden-camera comedy starring Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery.  The 18-track album is the first official soundtrack release from composer Joseph Shirley and includes additional music from his longstanding creative partner Ludwig Göransson, the duo having worked together on multiple award-winning titles including Tenet, Black Panther, Creed and The Mandalorian, to name a few.  Making their debut today alongside preorder are lead singles “Bad Trip Suite,” a score track showcasing the album’s distinct mix of hip hop rhythms and more traditional score instrumentation, and “I Saw a Girl Today,” which features showtunes-style vocals from the film’s lead Eric Andre – listen here.  Bad Trip premieres on Netflix on Friday, March 26 – watch the trailer here.

Of the soundtrack, composer JOSEPH SHIRLEY says, "Bad Trip was definitely a trip to say the least.  Working with Kitao Sakurai and Eric André was more like a journey.  We explored a vast number of genres and styles in the course of scoring the film - from traditional Hollywood musicals, to contemporary Hip Hop, to heartfelt buddy moments, and everything in between.  It was a road trip of music in and of itself. We can't overstate how fun, unpredictable, and hilarious the process was to work with Kitao and Eric on this movie, and we hope the audience will have just as much fun as we did making it."

Real pranks. Real People. Real Movie. From one of the guys that brought you Jackass and Bad Grandpa, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem. Bad Trip stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish and Michaela Conlin.  Directed by Kitao Sakurai.


Joseph Shirley is a composer from Jackson MS. Recent composing credits include scores and additional music for Bad Trip, The Open House, The Mandalorian, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes, Angie Tribeca, and Survivor’s Remorse. Shirley has been an integral part of Ludwig Göransson’s career for the last five years, including arrangement credits for Tenet, and music department credits on Black Panther, Creed I and II, Venom, and Central Intelligence. He also co-wrote and co-produced a single for the Dreamwork’s film, Trolls World Tour, performed by Justin Timberlake and Anderson Paak.

Raised with his three brothers in a musical family, he began studying piano at the age of six. Throughout his younger years and high school, he played in an assortment of bands with his brothers and friends around Mississippi, while continuing to study classical repertoire and compose music for his own school projects and films. Shirley moved to New Orleans to further his music education, earning a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Loyola University. He began writing and playing with jazz, hip hop, rock, folk, and progressive bands as a bandleader and keyboardist during his college years and several years thereafter, touring extensively around the United States. Shirley then attended the prestigious Screen Scoring program at the University of Southern California in 2014.

He now lives in Los Angeles and works on an assortment of film and TV projects, loves beach days and camping with his fiancé, and spending as much time with their dog, Bambi.


In a career spanning only 12 years, Ludwig Göransson has amassed an impressive resume in both the recording and motion picture industries, earning an Academy Award®, an Emmy® Award, multiple GRAMMY Awards® and countless other nominations. After working as an assistant to composer Theodore Shapiro, Göransson got his first big break writing music for the NBC television series Community. This led to a friendship and collaboration with Donald Glover, who performs under the stage name Childish Gambino, on several studio albums including Because the Internet and Awaken, My Love. Göransson has been nominated for six GRAMMYs® with Childish Gambino, and won two in 2019 for the Billboard Hot 100 Number One hit song “This Is America,” which became a cultural phenomenon and garnered world-wide acclaim. 

While pursuing his masters degree in film scoring at USC, Göransson met his other longtime collaborator, director Ryan Coogler, when he scored his short film Locks. Over the next nine years, Göransson would score all three of Coogler’s feature films. Much like iconic filmmaking duos Hitchcock and Herrmann or Spielberg and Williams, Coogler’s diverse filmography has allowed Göransson to show his range as a composer, writing understated melodies for Fruitvale Station, hyping up audiences for Creed, and infusing African percussion into his themes for Black Panther.  

Göransson has accumulated success in a variety of other films including the box office smash Venom and Pixar’s Inner Workings. In 2019, Göransson earned multiple awards and nominations for his score for Black Panther including a Golden Globe® nomination, a GRAMMY Award® for Best Score Soundtrack, and an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. He won two GRAMMY Awards® for his song “This is America”, which he co-wrote and co-produced with frequent collaborator Childish Gambino. 

Most recently, Göransson completed the score for Season 2 of The Mandalorian, LucasFilm’s first Star Wars live-action series helmed by director Jon Favreau, streaming exclusively on Disney+.  In September 2020, he won his first Emmy® Award for his work on the series.  Göransson also composed the music for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which premiered late summer 2020.  In addition, he co-wrote and co-produced the songs for DreamWorks’ Trolls World Tour with Justin Timberlake, which exceeded expectations with its history-making digital release in April 2020, racking up nearly $100 million in sales in just three weeks.
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