Ariadne’s Notes: On January 11, at 1:30 PM PSA , CRFO 100.5 FM we welcomed the talented dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin to the World Poetry Cafe Show. Music composers for films, they opened a fascinating world of musical compositions in film. We had received several questions from young musical composers that are just starting out and wanted to get into film. Dig and Paul kindly answered their questions and gave tips about starting out. In the show, they also talked about their upcoming compositions for three film with a special messages. One listener commented: ” I never thought much about the music-this was one of the most fascinating interviews I have heard on the show.”
I would like to thank Osiris Munir of 15 minutes for bringing such a wealth of wonderful guests to our show.
Dig Lewis: Dig was a child prodigy and became an accomplished Violin, Viola and Cello musician at the age of 13 in Detroit Michigan, where he played on some of the earliest of Motown’s famous R&B sound tracks. He followed this remarkable accomplishment by serving as a junior concert master for the Detroit Symphony orchestra for three years, while concentrating his attention toward composing and conducting a diverse variety of musical scores. During this time he conducted orchestrations and concerts for notables such as Frank Sinatra, and the Pointer Sisters. He is an alumni of the University of Arizona and also attended Wayne State University and the University of Detroit. As his career evolved Dig continued to develop his skills as a musician gaining respect among the elite members of the R&B community, and was named among the top 10 bass players in the nation by both Downbeat and Bass Player magazines. He worked on numerous recording sessions as a studio musician and toured extensively with major performing artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jack McDuff and John Mellencamp. As time progressed, Dig became seriously interested in pursuing his true love in music which is composing. Over the years he utilized his unique and formidable composing skills, both electronically and “live” to make film scores come to life.
Paul Bolotin: Paul began his early youth learning to master the accordion, followed by the drums and bass. He worked his way through college playing in local bands and taking a variety of assignments at Warner Brothers and Capitol as a studio musician. He earned a Masters Degree at UCLA where he majored in Business Management with a minor in music, specializing in film scoring. Shortly after graduating he went to work for Motown Records in Southern California as a musician in their 16 piece orchestra, which was the house band for all of their artists’ live concert performances, including Jackie Wilson, Etta James, the Four Tops, the Olympics, Roy Head, Jimmy McCracklin, etc. After a rewarding stint with Motown, Paul spent several years on tour with various headliners including the Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Little Richard and Tina Turner. In recent years Paul has dedicated himself to developing his skills as a composer and has completed many successful projects. He is a dedicated professional who is intensely focused on “hitting the mark” with every composition.