Thom Yorke Admits he Was “Jealous” of Jonny Greenwood

Thom Yorke. Photo by Amy Muir/REX/Shutterstock (8928933i)

Thom Yorke has confessed to being “jealous” of fellow band member Jonny Greenwood.

The Radiohead frontman recently composed the stunning film score for the chilling thriller Suspira. The movie was the artist’s first attempt at creating music for the film. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Yorke was asked if working with band member Jonny Greenwood, who has created many film scores in his time, made starting the project easier.

Yorke replied: “If I was honest with myself, I was a little bit jealous but felt that I couldn’t [do it] so I never tried.

“Jonny’s just so far ahead – he understands orchestration works, he can read music, he’s studied it all. I mean, he sits there studying scores. For Paul Thomas Anderson’s last film, he went away and read all the scores from the period of the composers of the time. That is not gonna happen with me cos I can’t read music.”

“So he’s out there off on his travels and he knows what he’s doing, whereas I’m totally scratching the surface, purely amateur,” he continued. “It stayed like that for a while and then I suddenly found myself committing to do a horror film and then thinking, ‘Well, it’s a horror film, I can just make loads of weird noises. It’ll be fun.’ There was way more to it than that and it was more melodic than that and more adventurous, and I was having to write choral pieces just using my own voice and many, many different things. So I’m a sucker.”

You can watch a clip of Thom Yorke performing ‘Suspiram’ here: