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“Upholding the Legacy”

The X-Files Lexicon’s brief exclusive interview with Mike Joffe from the La-La Land Records label
Conducted by Matt Allair via e-mail between 6/2/2015 and 7/16/2015
Page Editor: XScribe

Often things develop around this site that are unexpected. The following brief interview was part of a larger article that is independent of the Lexicon, and when the opportunity to speak with Mike arose, it could not be missed. The Lexicon has been working behind the scenes with Mike for a number of years, for he’s a key figure for one of the best record labels that exists today for soundtrack reissues of classic films and television, La-La Land Records. For fans of Mark Snow’s music for all of the projects related to Ten Thirteen Productions, it had been difficult. In the 90s, there was The Truth and The Light, a CD that highlighted great moments from Mark’s X-Files music, intercut with dialog from the series. Songs In The Key of X featured a remix of Mark´s theme, and Mark’s orchestral score in 1998 for Fight The Future. But fans had clamored for a collection of Mark’s music for many years.

The label took a gamble several years back and reached out to Mark Snow and various parties which lead to the production of a two-disc set of music from Chris Carter’s seminal and all too brief series, Millennium. It was released to great success in a limited series. That led to The Lone Gunmen / Harsh Realm CD release, and the team at La-La Land records took another great gamble and released a four-disc box set, The X-Files Volume One, which was a resounding success as a limited edition. This led to another box set, The X-Files, Volume Two, and more recently a reissue of the Fight The Future soundtrack with added material. Due to the success of the first Millennium release, Millennium, Volume Two has just been released.

We were able to discuss the possibility of the label having a hand in releasing music from the new X-Files episodes, and his hopes for the new episodes. We hope that you’ll enjoy this brief exchange…

Matt Allair: Were you initially surprised when sales for the Millennium CD did so well? Did those sales give you confidence moving forward with The X-Files and Lone Gunmen reissues?

Mike:  Millennium was the first Mark Snow project we did. We were not sure how it would be received because, let's be honest, we're talking about a show that had been off the air for almost a decade. As it happened, we had very strong sales on the first volume of Millennium, which encouraged us to begin developing the other projects. We tested the waters with Millennium and we were hoping it would be well received so we could try something more ambitious with The X-Files. We were happily surprised to discover as time passed that there was still a demand for more Millennium music. In the seven years between Volume 1 and Volume 2, we frequently got requests from fans who were eager for a second volume.

Matt Allair: Before your association with Mark Snow with these projects, were you aware that fans of Chris Carter's shows were so fervent for music from Mark Snow?

Mike:  All of us at La-La Land Records are fans of the shows and Mark Snow's music. And we're at an age where we were old enough to watch these shows when they were first broadcast, which made working on these projects not work but labors of love. We knew these shows had a dedicated fanbase. We just hoped that the fans would find us in a crowded marketplace.

Matt Allair: Do you feel that the fandom for The X-Files evolved, grew, or matured over the past thirteen years?

Mike:  A difficult question to answer because I think people were watching the show for different reasons. Obviously, there was a majority that were interested in the fantastic elements of the show and the authentic approach the show had developed over the years. I think there was also a growing section of the fans that became invested in the characters on the show, especially Mulder and Scully and whether they would get together and if so, would they be able to find some peace in the middle of the developing mythology of the show. It's easy to forget now but X-Files was one of the first genre shows that was not afraid to kill a beloved character off and nobody was safe from one season to the other. I'd like to think the fandom has grown and evolved over time as we're talking about a show that ran for nine seasons. That's nine years of television and nine years of new content, where each season offered opportunities for new fans to discover the show and get involved with the fandom. And when the show was off the air, X-Files was one of the first shows to appear on DVD with each season in its entirety, allowing more new fans to binge watch each season without having to suffer through the commercials and the other torments older fans remember, such as the long stretch between seasons after the show would leave us with a great cliffhanger to chew on.

Matt Allair: Knowing that Mark Snow will be coming back to score the six new episodes for the revival, is there any advance discussions about releasing that future music through La-La Land Records once the episodes air?

Mike:  It's too early to tell as the show is still in production and will not hit the air until January 2016. Of course we would love to be the record label that gets to work on that project!

Matt Allair: What are your hopes for the new revival episodes?

Mike:  As a fan of the show, I have to say what I'm hoping for is a return to what made the show great in the first place. I know there are threads of the show's mythology that still need to be resolved but I'm really more interested in seeing how you take the elements that made the show successful for nine years and introduce them to our modern world of thirteen years later. I want to know Mulder and Scully are in a safe place, I want to know if the Lone Gunmen are really gone... I want to know what Skinner has been up to for the last thirteen years! I really hope these new episodes are well received because I would love to see the return of Frank Black and Millennium as well. We're living in a world now that has been heavily infiltrated by technology. Privacy is almost an illusion. What does that mean to characters like Mulder, Scully, and Frank Black. I want to know!

Be certain to check out the Volume Two release of the Millennium CD. More great things should be expected from La-La Land records in the future.

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