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Alex Stewart creates modern hip-hop score for Fox's 'Paradise Hotel'
Australia's Alex Stewart remembers the first time he fell in love with the movies. He was only a kid, watching the classic Disney movie Treasure Planet for the first time. It was his first experience going to an entirely new world through film, and he was instantly awed and inspired. As he grew, he began to immerse himself in the medium, and as a music lover, he began to notice the emotion that a score could evoke beyond what he simply saw on the screen.

Now, Stewart is an internationally sought-after composer, working on many popular television shows in both Australia and the United States. His music has been played on some of the world's most renowned networks, including The History Channel's The Curse of Civil War Gold, ABC's Family Food Fight hosted by superstar Ayesha Curry, and The Contender and Temptation Island on Fox. His versatility allows him to work for all kinds of shows, constantly creating new and original music to perfectly tell the story of every episode.

"My compositional voice is a little unique due to my odd taste in music. I am heavily influenced by many different styles, mainly contemporary classical, hip-hop, metal, and blues/jazz. I enjoy many different aspects of each and therefore find myself incorporating elements of each in my original compositions," said Stewart.

Earlier this year, Stewart had the opportunity to work on the third season of Fox's hit reality television series Paradise Hotel. Hosted by famed actress and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari, the show follows six single men and six single women who are given the opportunity of a lifetime ? to live together in the most exclusive resort ever created. Each week the hotel guests vote off one of their fellow residents to make room for a new guest. Viewers at home can become the new guests of the hotel by calling a toll-free number for a chance to be studio contestants.

"Like all reality TV shows, the drama is at the core of the show and that's what keeps the audience engaged. However, the part I like the most about this show is the interactivity with viewers. I think this is pretty innovative and I hope that producers in the industry continue to explore how shows like this can find new ways of using technology to interact with the viewers and fans. I believe this is the most important aspect of the show and I hope it inspires reality TV producers to explore new ways to do this," said Stewart.

Stewart was eager to join the show to work with Burnett Music Group, who he had previously worked with on The Contender and Temptation Island. The acclaimed group often reaches out to Stewart to help with their shows, knowing he is an extraordinary talent.

When Stewart heard what the show was looking for, he knew he could create an amazing score with a modern hip-hop inspired underscore. He drew a lot of inspiration from today's top-charting hip-hop artists, approaching each episode as making beats for a mood, rather than actually writing specifically for the characters on screen. With this approach, it sounded more organic and real, instead of TV music trying to sound like hip-hop.

"I liked the challenge the music presented. I love hip-hop, but had very little experience actually making it, especially in its current form. So, it was really fun researching and listening to modern rap and hip-hop and learning about the ideas and tricks used by current hip-hop producers and beat-makers," said Stewart.

Stewart's unique and modern approach to the music attracted the younger demographic the show was aiming for and was essential to its success. The season premiered on March 27th, 2019 and has had millions of returning viewers each week. The music helped keep the audience engaged, and Stewart could not be happier.

"It feels great that people like the show. It certainly is entertaining and new, so I'm glad it was popular. I think the music fits the show really well, which makes me feel like I did a good job and all the hard work paid off. I'm very lucky that I get to work on shows like this that many people really enjoy," he concluded.

The season finale of Paradise Hotel was on Fox on Thursday June 6th, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST. If you haven't seen the show yet, be sure to check it out.

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