Grand Theft Auto 5 will feature 240 licensed songs played across 15 radio stations, Rockstar has revealed to Rolling Stone.
And all this music comes in addition to an epic score which would span around 20 movies.
"For this game, which is set in our version of modern day Los Angeles, what was important for us was to capture that feeling of L.A. and California," explained Rockstar's soundtrack supervisor Ivan Pavlovich.
"We approached the radio stations as the musical soundscape [you experience] as you fly into L.A. One of the things we've never done in a GTA game before is a pop station; exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A."
Pavlovich also went into detail about some of the stations found in the game.
"There's a station called Vinewood Boulevard Radio, which features Stephen [Pope] and Nate [Williams] from Wavves," said Pavlovich. "This is a modern rock station, the embodiment of the young Los Angeles rock scene. For us Wavves is the most exciting, so it was pretty amazing to work with those guys."
"Mexican culture is so big in Los Angeles, and it was fitting that we did a station like that," he added. "That's East LOS FM, which was curated and DJ mixed by Camilo [Lara] from the Mexican Institute of Sound. It's a combination of Mexican electronica, narcocorridos, other traditional songs and Mexican ska."
"DJ Pooh hosts the West Coast Classics station," revealed Pavlovich. "He's legendary – this is the guy who created the movie Friday. He's a big personality, and he grew up with all these guys who are on the station. We were getting phone calls from Pooh saying, "I'm driving over to Dre's house, what do you need from him?" And then 30 minutes later he's like, "I'm going to Snoop's house." We've already done something like this in San Andreas, so to build on that and have Pooh guiding us through it and helping us find true gems – I think that station's going to be surprising, even though we've covered that material before."
Pavlovich also revealed that Rebel Radio will feature country music and be hosted by Jesco White.
Furthermore, Pam Grier will host a soul station, Bootsy Collins is the host of an Eighties boogie-funk station, and Kenny Loggins is the host of our classic rock station.
Regarding the game's score and how it blends with the soundtrack, Pavlovich said: "The score plays during missions and the open world gameplay, and during online play. It's completely dynamic, and engineered very similar to what we've done in the past with our interactive stem system – it responds to what you're doing with your character."
He continued: "We started with Tangerine Dream. We've used them before in terms of licensed music – we're huge fans of Edgar Froese. When we started to think about who would be the right composer for this game, he was the first name that came to mind. Complimenting his work we have Woody Jackson, who scored Red Dead Redemption and helped score L.A. Noire. Woody's an amazing musician. And the third part of the triangle is Alchemist and Oh No."
He concluded: "The first time you come into the country you're blown away by Woody Jackson's rock score, but within that you're still hearing elements of Tangerine Dream, and Alchemist and Oh No. So you're never too far away from this core sound that we've established for the game."
GTA 5 will be released September 17 for Xbox 360 and PS3. A brand new trailer will be released at 4pm today.
Source: Rolling Stone – you'll also find some soundtrack samples here