Walt Disney Records releases the digital soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie "Spin,” featuring songs written, produced and performed by award-winning composer Marius de Vries (“La La Land”). The movie premieres Friday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and Saturday, August 14 on DisneyNOW.
Marius de Vries has been behind some of the most culture-defining recordings and soundtracks of the past three decades, and has won two BAFTAs and an Ivor Novello award for his film composition work, as well a Grammy and five Grammy nominations for soundtrack and record production.
Marius de Vries’ work includes music direction, score composition and song productions for Baz Luhrmann, George Lucas, Damien Chazelle, Andrew Lloyd Webber, A.R. Rahman, Tom Hooper, Zack Snyder, Daniel Kramer, and Stephan Elliott. He is perhaps most widely known recently for his role as Music Director and Music Producer on Damien Chazelle’s multi-award-winning musical “La La Land,” which won both music prizes at the 2017 Academy Awards, as well as an unprecedented seven Golden Globes, countless other accolades, and the 2018 Grammy for Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Upcoming projects include the musical film “Annette” (Leos Carax), “Coda” (Sian Heder), and “The Shrinking of Treehorn” (Ron Howard).
Beginning his music career playing keyboards for the English eighties pop-soul band The Blow Monkeys, he has since written, arranged and produced across a wide range of styles and genres for artists such as Madonna, Bjork, David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Chrissie Hynde, Annie Lennox, U2, and Josh Groban, among many others.
"Spin" follows Rhea (Avantika), a relatable Indian American teen who discovers her passion for creating DJ mixes that blend the rich textures of her South Asian culture and the world around her. Her life revolves around her eclectic group of friends, Molly, Watson and Ginger, her after-school coding club, her family’s Indian restaurant, and her tight-knit, multi-generational family, which includes her father Arvind, younger brother Rohan and her grandmother Asha. Everything changes when she falls for aspiring DJ Max and her long lost fervor for music is re-ignited. Rhea discovers that she has a natural gift for creating beats and producing music, but must find the courage to follow her true inner talent.
Avantika leads an international ensemble of talented veteran and burgeoning young actors, including Bollywood renowned Abhay Deol ("Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara") as Arvind; UK comedienne/actress Meera Syal ("Yesterday") as Asha; Aryan Simhadri ("Adventures in Wonder Park") as Rohan; Michael Bishop ("Grace Beside Me") as DJ Max; Anna Cathcart ("Descendants" franchise) as Molly; Jahbril Cook ("A Week Away") as Watson; and Kerri Medders ("Alexa & Katie") as Ginger.
"Spin" is directed by Manjari Makijany ("Skater Girl") and executive produced by Zanne Devine ("Easy A," "I, Tonya"), with writing by Carley Steiner ("Play Date") and Josh Cagan ("The Duff").
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