Musical Score By: Raney Shockne
Songs By: Various Artists
Soundtrack Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The 2016 mockumentary comedy, Internet Famous, follows five YouTube celebrities on their way to a nationally televised talent competition. Only one internet sensation can be chosen “Web Star of the Year,” but the real question is, do any of them have any actual talent. The movie features several real-life celebrities portraying either parodies of themselves or stereotypes.
The Internet Famous Soundtrack features songs performed by Skyler Felix and two of the movie’s stars, Shane Dawson and Wendy McColm, and musical score by Raney Shockne. Based in Los Angeles, Raney Shockne has written and produced songs for Giorgio Moroder, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis and more. As a film ad television score composer, some of Shockne’s credits include Queen of the South, Anger Management, Kevin Can Wait and The To Do List. He has also composed music for the video games Star Wars Battlefront II, Tron RUN/r, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Sims.
This is one of the few times I can say that I actually liked the score of the film better than the songs. For this score, Raney Shockne creates different themes for the various characters of the film. Thus, there are very different styles of music to be found on this album. Death from Above (Mr. Blanket’s Theme) is a heavy metal special with slamming percussion and awesome guitar riffs. Wobbly Walk is a dramatic piano piece, as opposed to the song Wobbly Walk Remix performed by Wendy McColm. The Chris! Show Theme is an upbeat techno synth track that dares you to get up and dance. Then you have Webstar of the Year which actually has a bit of spy intrigue to it, featuring an interesting metallic percussion, strings and an edge of your seat quality. And those are just a few of the tracks.
I found the musical score of Internet Famous much more interesting than the songs, though I did find I Am Everything by Shane Dawson to be rather amusing. There’s enough variety on this soundtrack to make it an interesting and enjoyable listen.