Like the anonymous narrator in the hit CW series Gossip Girl, Transcenders have anonymously reached the ears of the masses. The group, consisting of Terence Yoshiaki, Brian Lapin, and Mike Fratantuno (founding members of the Black Eye Peas), wrote the iconic theme song, now familiar to viewers all over the world. In addition, Transcenders weekly compose the original music to complement the visuals and storyline within this controversial drama. You can watch them talk about the process behind the show at http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/ggmusic.
Transcenders bring a unique perspective to the world of television scoring. Due to their pop background, they are able to seamlessly combine the non-original songs in the soundtrack with their own cues, which often sound like pop songs by themselves. Additionally, they write and record the music for Lincoln Hawk, character Rufus Humphreys band. The song Everytime, performed on the season 1 finale, continues to gain popularity among viewers and is available as a bonus track on the iTunes release of OMFGG- Original Music Featured on Gossip Girl, No. 1.
Transcenders began working together in 1995. On the Black Eyed Peas first album, Behind the Front, Lapin mixed, produced and played keyboard and bass; Yoshiaki played drums; and Fratantuno played bass and guitar. Lapin left the band in 1999, but Yoshiaki and Fratantuno continued to tour with the band, writing the Grammy nominated hit Lets Get It Started in 2004. The three formed Transcenders in 2002 during a Black Eyed Peas tour break when they collaborated on the film score for Cross Bronx. From that point they realized that their individual styles complemented each other and they began creating music for various film and TV projects under the name Transcenders.
Along with Lets Get It Started, their songwriting credits include the #1 hit Where Is the Love? featuring Justin Timberlake, and the MTV favorite Request Line, featuring Macy Gray. On the film front, they recently scored the film College with Drake Bell and composed additional score music for the blockbuster film The 40 Year Old Virgin. They have also used their musical expertise to write original songs for Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Harold & Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay and ATL.
Gossip Girl revolves around the drama of a group of East Side Manhattan socialite teens who attend elite prep schools. The series was created by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz and is based on a popular young adult book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. The show is the driving force for the CW Network and has given them #1 position on Monday nights among the 18 to 39 female demographic.