Michael DiMattia works as an independent freelance music composer and audio producer at his headquarters studio in Los Angeles, CA. With a tremendous background in all genres of music creation and studio production, he is also known for his expertise in music programming, digital engineering, sound design, and audio editing. His credits include everything from A-list films, TV shows and commercials, production of artist singles and albums, to remixes, video games, sample CDs, and accomplishments in various other facets of the music and entertainment industry.
Michael is originally from the east coast, born and raised in the Boston area. At a very early age he showed artistic and creative talents with a strong proficiency in music. While growing up in an artistic family, DiMattia took piano lessons and later added guitar and alto-saxophone to his ever growing musical palette. During his Brooks School high school days of 4-tracks, sequencers, jazz bands, and music competitions, Michael knew that music was to be his career. With an early acceptance letter in hand, he attended the accredited Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and majored in Film Scoring. Upon graduating with honors and a "Bachelor of Music" degree, he packed up his life and immediately moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue an exciting career in music.
After moving to Los Angeles, Michael landed a job working as music assistant to renowned electronic artist and film composer BT (Brian Transeau). In early 2001, his knowledge was put to the test as he assisted BT on film scores for movies such as Fast and the Furious and Driven. In addition, DiMattia assisted BT with his award winning sample CD's Twisted Textures and Breakz from the Nu Skool with additional programming, editing, sound classification, and liner notes. DiMattia's efforts formed a strong career foundation as he continued to work with BT for the next 5 years on various projects ranging from film to TV, remixes, song production, and album work including artists such as Sting, Tiesto, David Bowie, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, The Roots, and Korn.
Around 2003, BT founded production company and audio studio "Binary Acoustics" along with his software venture "Sonik Architects". Michael was promoted to director of projects and studio operations, dealing with the day to day work flow and growing studio demands. DiMattia contributed to the 2004 score for the oscar winning movie Monster with ghost writing, piano performances, arranging, editing, as well as musical assistance to BT in regards to the score composition, cue revisions, and dubbing process. Michael DiMattia even wrote the liner notes to the award winning Monster - Score Album (in 5.1) which won BT the DTS Surround Sound Conference award for “Maverick Composer”.
During this time, DiMattia served as project manager and in-house composer on various films, TV, and video game projects including Stealth, Catch and Release, Underclassman, Tiger Woods PGA Golf 2005, and many others (visit: CREDITS for more details). (To listen to some of DiMattia's film scoring compositions please visit: MUSIC: Film).
In addition to the studio work, Michael continued to study under BT and furthered his knowledge of advanced digital music technologies while learning BT's proprietary editing techniques. Around 2004, DiMattia participated in drafting the preliminary patent proposals for BT's innovative "Stutter Edit Plug-In" and "Time Correction" concepts (including flow charts and theory). His conceptual knowledge and analytical contributions helped to secure BT's place in the Guinness Book of World Records (2005) for BT's song "Somnambulist", which won for the "most vocal edits in a commercial pop song".
Michael continued to work in this high paced environment with BT and "Binary Acoustics" until April of 2006. During the last year, DiMattia contributed to various scores and projects including the film Look and BT's amazing artist album and movie This Binary Universe for which he assisted in editing, arrangements, and programming.
After moving into a freelance career, Michael began juggling various projects including sample editing and programing for composer and sample creator Nick Phoenix and the East West sample CD company (at East West Studios in Hollywood). While working for East West, he edited and programmed for libraries such as Quantum Leap Pianos, Hollywood Strings, The Dark Side, and Hollywood Brass. DiMattia also found himself helping composers with personal sample editing libraries such as film scorer John Powell.
Michael also began programming and assembling sample libraries. Amongst his sample collections, he assembled musical and beat loops as a donation for the One Laptop per Child project for educational and artistic exploration purposes (please see INFO: News for more details). DiMattia has also programmed samples and textures for future projects with Nick Phoenix (TBA).
In December of 2006, DiMattia struck up a relationship with producer Philip Steir and began collaborating with Steir as a programmer and engineer on remixes for artists such as the Bee Gees and the Pipettes. In early 2007, a remix of Tyler Bate's "To Victory" cue for the 300 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on iTunes and remained a "top ten" best selling album for the month of March (please visit MUSIC: Remix to listen to this track and other remixes).
In addition to his editing and remix work, DiMattia began collaborating with song writer / recording artist Tommy Stinson for Tommy's company "Done To Death Productions" (please visit MUSIC: DTD to listen to some of their work). Stinson and DiMattia had collaborated on the Catch and Release score and decided to work together to build a library for various music endeavors including licensing and prospect movie projects. In 2007, Tommy Stinson covered the Rolling Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" for Showtime's series Californication for which DiMattia helped record, edit, and mix. They currently continue to work on library music for "Done To Death Productions".
During this time, Michael also teamed up with video game composers Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco. He worked as an additional beat programmer for Ubisoft's Haze and did drum compositions and ambient soundscapes for Clive Barker's game Jericho.
Michael DiMattia's Artist Career:
Throughout Michael's career, he has constantly composed, written, and produced tracks beyond his essential business obligations. Since before college, DiMattia was part of the band Mercy Sound System, and continued to write and produce tracks with artists David Kneisler and Aaron Hassell through his time at BT's (please visit MUSIC: Mercy to listen to some of their work).
DiMattia is also in the process of writing and composing tracks for an instrumental album (unreleased) inspired by the knowledge, teachings, and truths of the Urantia Book. The UB (Urantia Book) has inspired various artists from different disciplines over many years including composers and performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Jaco Pastorius, Sun Ra, Stockhausen, Kerry Livgren, and Pato Banton. Although this instrumental album is in the works, it consists of instrumental pieces ranging from electronic to acoustic to orchestral (please visit MUSIC: UB to listen to some of these tracks in progress).
Michael DiMattia finds inspiration in all aspects of life as he continues to grow and evolve career wise, artistically, and spiritually. Michael lives by a philosophy of love, truth, and goodness, and seeks to serve the community through his art, music, and interactions. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Susan and their cat (rescue) Julia "Jewels" Vern.
To all those artists, truth seekers, and thinkers who might chance to be reading this - may the light of love and the warmth of truth ever shine upon you! May you find great success with all your work! Peace...always...