We had the good fortune of connecting with Rotem Cinamon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rotem, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
One thing about the film music industry that outsiders are probably unaware of is the quick turnarounds. Generally speaking, the music composition is part of the post-production stage of the film. In other words, music is one of the last things to be done when creating a film. Therefore, the deadlines are extremely tight. To make things even worse, when composing for TV the deadlines are even tighter. As a film composer, I’m required to deliver top-quality material in no time. The deadline is sacred. I MUST deliver on time, or my entire work is worthless. I’d say that being able to compose good music quickly and make quick decisions about it, as well as having good communication skills, are essential in this industry. It may sound intimidating and stressful, but it’s challenging and fun too! When an outsider watches (and listens to) a film, they might not be aware of the quick-paced nature of this industry.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a media composer, a multi-instrumentalist and a music producer. I write music for film as well as production music libraries, and compose original music. My style of writing ranges between orchestral, jazz, electronic, and everything in between. I was attracted to music from a very young age. I’ve played the trumpet for almost 20 years, since the age of nine. When I was 14, I added the upright bass to my arsenal of instruments. I used to listen to all kinds of music — jazz, hip-hop, Israeli, Latin, classical, film scores, and more, and I think it contributes to my style of writing today. As a teenager, I fell in love with jazz music as well as composing original tunes. I also self-learned how to use the computer to produce hip hop beats. I played in classical orchestras, jazz big bands, and a funk-hip-hop high-school band that I started with my friends. Together, we won multiple contests and awards, After high school, I was accepted to Rimon Jazz Institute, which is one of the best jazz education programs in Israel. I was very fortunate to study with the top Israeli jazz musicians, many of them divide their time between Tel Aviv and New York City. While studying, I performed and recorded trumpet and upright bass with many Israeli artists, in addition to my own groups. After graduating from Rimon, I was auditioned and received a scholarship to continue my studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In Berklee, it was when I switched the course of my studies to be more focused on composition — film scoring in particular. While still performing and enjoying jazz, I found media composition to be challenging and satisfying, combining my passion for telling stories with music, along with using the computer and technical tools to create an original sounding score for films. After graduating, I moved to LA to pursue my dream and become a film composer. I got to intern for two of the biggest film scoring studios in LA. After interning, I worked as a composer’s assistant, composed original music scores for several short films and a web series, and produced original tracks for music production libraries. I find my education and experience in diverse genres to be helpful in writing music for film and in finding my own voice. The road hasn’t been always smooth. As a composer, the professional competition is very high, especially in LA. As a result, I received countless “no”s and rejections. However, my attitude has been always to try to learn from every rejection and improve. These improvements, together with keeping positive and professional, have helped me to get the “yes”es. I’m especially proud of my recent film scores for Young (2020) web series directed by Henry Vumbaca; Lambert Hall (2020) web series directed by Danilo H. F. C.; Two Cats (2020) and Where the F*** is Chris Evora (2019) directed by Ali Haejl; About the Cat (2019), EVVY Awards nominee, directed by Miles Coplin and Christopher Hurt; and May This Memory (2018) directed by Fernanda Frotté, selected for the Mostra CineBH International Film Festival (Brazil). In addition, my original tracks, “Deep Insight” and “Lost in Space,” are available on all streaming services.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Santa Monica is one of my favorite places around. I love to walk around Wilshire Ave and by the beach. There are many small coffee shops where I’d probably take a visiting friend. One of my recent go-tos is Tartine Bakery. They have great coffee and delicious food, and they also have a nice outdoor dining space, which is super important these days.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to take this opportunity to dedicate my shoutout to my wife, Eve, who has supported me along the way in following my dreams and helped me make them come true.