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TDRS artists, music and related topics => TDRS artists, music and related topics => Topic started by: Jon on December 26, 2004, 12:04:57 pm

Title: Vince DiCola\'s film music career
Post by: Jon on December 26, 2004, 12:04:57 pm
I have always wondered why Vince didn\'t continue his film music career after doing Rocky IV and Transformers in the mid-eighties. After all, I suppose he got quite a few offers after those hit movies and scores.

Perhaps Vince could give us some info about this?
Title: Re: Vince DiCola\'s film music career
Post by: oldfolkie on January 05, 2005, 10:57:31 pm
Jon, I don\'t know Vince personally, but I think if you listen to "Falling Off a Clef" (available here at TDRS - it just came in my mail today -- YAY!) you\'ll hear some more recent movie score and similar material. "Sci-Fighter" hasn\'t had general release unfortunately, well, at least for the music...

Vince, this is great stuff. I am enjoying everything of yours I\'ve managed to get my hands on so far. "Castle of the Gods" is my current favourite piece of yours. Will look forward to more.  8)
Title: Re: Vince DiCola\'s film music career
Post by: Vince DiCola on January 06, 2005, 11:04:22 pm
Happy New Year to everyone here at tdrs music.  I hope you all had a safe and joyous holiday season.  Here\'s to a happy, safe and prosperous 2005.

Thanks to Jon and "oldfolkie" for their messages regarding my film music career.   I\'ll offer some insight here for those who may have any interest...

When I had just come off the ROCKY IV & TRANSFORMERS projects back in 1986-87, the guy who was managing me at the time and I made the rounds to a few of the top agencies in order to try and secure some effective representation for me in that area of the business.  I didn\'t have much luck and I have to admit to being very discouraged as a result of those series of meetings.  I then made the decision to poor my energies into some original solo and band projects rather than continuing to beat my head against the wall trying to make some decent progress in the film and TV music arena.   I don\'t regret that decision from a creative standpoint as that period of my life produced some music I\'m quite proud of and which has withstood the test of time in most instances.  However, in recent years I\'ve started getting the \'itch\' again to start investigating film and TV music.  It is more competeitive now than ever before and I\'ve found that I\'ve had to set my sights a bit lower relative to the \'big\' projects I was fortunate enough to have been involved in during the earlier part of my career.  With the release of the music Kenny Meriedeth and I did fairly recently for this movie called "Sci-Fighter" (sorry... STILL no word on a release date for the film), I\'ve discovered that I can still summon the passion and enthusiasm to make valuable contributions in this area of music and we are committed to searching out meaningful opportunities and seeing where this will all lead.

The opportunity with the most stature and visibility at the moment is the new TRANSFORTMERS live action movie which is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2006.  However, even though I scored the original animated movie back in 1986 and I am fortunate to retain some strong support from the TF fan community, I am geared up for a serious uphill battle to try and win the attention of the producers and director on this project since I\'m sure I\'ll be going up against some well-known composers who happen to have much stronger recent movie credits.  That doesn\'t deter me in any way from making every effort to get this gig, as I\'m quite confident of my capability to make valuable musical contributions to this project.  It\'s just the nature of the beast when it comes to the politics of any business, and all I can do is give it my all and hope and pray for the best possible outcome.

By the way, for any of you who have heard some of my recent work and are interested in writing any words of support to the producers of this new TRANSFORMERS movie, please consider posting a message to:

Thanks again to all who have expressed an interest in my movie work.  Hopefully 2005 will bring some exciting new opportunities in that regard.

Title: Re: Vince DiCola\'s film music career
Post by: Jon on January 11, 2005, 02:30:25 pm
Hi Vince

Thanks for interesting info.

I\'m a bit surprised to hear that you didn\'t succeed getting decent films to score after Rocky IV and Transformers. What about TV-movies? Did you try that too? Doing TV is a great way to get some recognition in the business. There were several artists doing the same thing as you around 1987, it\'s enough to mention Faltermeyer, Hammer, Levay, Elias, Ferguson and Foster. But I know, that\'s history, let\'s concentrate on today...

It had been very nice if you would get to score the new Transformers movie. Steven Spielberg is executive producer, I suppose you know who to call...  8)

I have recently done a few CD reviews for Film Score Monthly - David Helpling\'s Trade Offs and Jeff Rona\'s Traffic: The Miniseries. A review of Jonathan Elias\' American River will feature in a new issue of the magazine. In addition, my interview with Jay Ferguson is online on FSM\'s web site.

If you want me to review Falling Off A Clef for FSM, you can just send me a copy of the CD and I\'ll do my best!

My address is:

Jon Aanensen
Vigeveien 2
4633 Kristiansand
Title: Re: Vince DiCola\'s film music career
Post by: Deblee on January 13, 2005, 01:27:02 am
Hi Vince,
I am new to your work but have been enjoying all of the CD\'s I have got from TDRS, In-Vince-Ible, Piano Solos and Falling off a Clef. Fabulous stuff!  :D
It was very interesting reading about what you have done, and what you hope to do, thanks for sharing that with us. Your work has a familiar sound to some of it, either the music or vocals, not sure which. I\'m pretty sure I have not heard it before. Can\'t quite put my finger on it. But, I did bond with all of the types of music of yours from the first hearing.
Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

I\'m going to send in words of encouragement to the site you included and sure hope that you get the jobs you want. You have the talent for sure!  ;)

Thanks again,
Title: Re: Vince DiCola\'s film music career
Post by: oldfolkie on January 13, 2005, 03:07:10 am
Hi Vince,

Thanks for coming on board and explaining some of the background to your film music experiences. It sounds like a tough biz.

Good luck landing the Transformers film. I hope you\'ll have some good news for us soon!