We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Wolf and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Robert, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
My upbringing played a huge role in getting me to where I am today. When I was growing up, my parents were vital in keeping me engaged with music, motivating me to practice and improve. I played the accordion for most of my childhood, then I switched to guitar and saxophone as a teenager and joined bands and wrote songs. These instruments are still very important for my daily work as a video game composer. I just released a track for the game Arena of Valor, which was strongly inspired by Russian folk music, and I recorded myself playing the accordion and mandolin. The years I spent practising accordion and guitar when I was younger made all the difference in this situation and improved the track a lot. Similarly, my experience writing songs with my friends in high school taught me so much about writing melodies, structuring songs, and collaborating with other musicians—essential skills for my work today. When I wrote “Immutable” for the game Arknights, my long history with writing pop and rock music supported the composition process with vocalist Melissa R. Kaplan.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the many challenges of working as a composer for video games is creating new music that often has to match the existing musical style of a game or series of games. For example, when I was writing music for Honor of Kings, I needed to consider all the other music my company had provided for this game over the last few years. It was essential for my compositions to match the overall artistic concept of the game while still innovating and pushing the medium forward.

In contrast, other games feature a wide range of musical styles. In my work for Arknights, I have had to be comfortable working in many different genres, such as pop, rock, EDM, orchestral music, and more. I like to think of these diverse requests as opportunities to expand my skillset and learn new production techniques. I have also found it very helpful to exchange tips and ideas with my colleagues at Hexany.

Ultimately, working in this industry has only deepened my fascination with music in its many forms. Since this job is not always easy, it is super important for me to maintain an explorative mindset, to keep learning new skills, and to remember that these were my motivations for getting into this field in the first place.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What first comes to mind is going to Kitchen Mouse for a great vegan brunch and then taking my synthesizer-nerd friends to Perfect Circuit.

For a sunny afternoon in Pasadena, I’d go to the Huntington Gardens followed by food at Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery and then browse books at Book Alley and Vromans.

A good drive would be to get pastries and coffee at Chaumont Vegan Bakery in Beverly Hills and then head down to Santa Monica to spend some time at the beach.

I also really recommend visiting the Magic Castle in Hollywood, either eating there or getting some fantastic vegan sushi at Gokoku Sushi in North Hollywood.

There are so many exciting places to visit in LA, like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the La Brea Tar Pits close by. I recommend getting food at Yuko Kitchen just across the street from LACMA. For a more upscale dinner, I’d go to Crossroads Kitchen on Melrose Avenue.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Without a doubt, my wife Starr continues to be the most significant source of support and encouragement, for which I am incredibly thankful. My parents in Germany have also always been incredibly supportive of my goal of becoming a composer. And, without a doubt, I am sincerely grateful for Garry Schyman, my former USC teacher and mentor, who has provided me with so many valuable insights and tips and helped me get established here in LA.

Website: https://wolf-music.com/

Other: https://hexanyaudio.com/

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