JPR Live Session: Pete Droge

Nov 11, 2016

From the time he signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings in 1993, Pete Droge has enjoyed a successful, multi-faceted career as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and composer. Beginning with his breakout hit "If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)," which was featured in the blockbuster Dumb and Dumber, Pete Droge has gone on to compose and license original music for television and film, including national ad campaigns for Toyota and T-Mobile, and the ABC smash Grey's Anatomy.

Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe personally asked Pete Droge to pen an original song for his film Almost Famous. Droge co-wrote (with ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart) and performed the Main Title theme for the Miramax film, Beautiful Girls. He has composed original scores for three feature films as well as shorts for up-and-coming film makers John Jeffcoat and Justin Mitchell. On his most recent feature film, A Lot Like You, in addition to composing an original score, Pete also served as one of the film's producers.

In addition to composing and licensing music, Pete Droge has led a successful career as a recording artist, having released six full-length albums under his own moniker. Over the years, Droge has joined forces with a number of artists, both as a producer and co-writer, including fruitful collaborations with long-time friend Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. In 2003, Droge teamed up with Matthew Sweet and Shawn Mullins to form their side-project harmony band The Thorns, releasing a rootsy self-titled album on Columbia. Pete's current project is the Droge & Summers Blend, a collaboration with his long time partner Elaine Summers.