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Meet Tangelene Bolton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tangelene Bolton.

Tangelene, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Composing music is something that has always been a part of me. I was a dreamer as a kid and always had a large imagination. My Fisher-Price tape recorder was always in my hand, held like a briefcase, as I would run through the yard, swing from a pole or roll through the grass. Any time I would have a thought, idea, tune, I would record it onto the tape player.

I’ve been playing the piano since I was two years old and became extremely fascinated in filmmaking during my teens. The two merged and I then trained at the Berklee College of Music where I received my Bachelor of Music Degree in Film Scoring. After graduating, I immediately made the move to Los Angeles and started interning at Hans Zimmer’s studio, Remote Control Productions. I eventually ended up getting hired there and now I work as a freelance composer for film and TV and music producer.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not smooth and not linear! The biggest struggle I have found is the cultivation and nourishing of one’s musical voice; the inner struggle that we feel as artists. It is something that may never leave because music is such a large part of my being, my form of self-expression and as I continue to grow, so does my music. Overall, I am trying to remember to have trust in the process and to be more kind to myself!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a composer of all genres for film and TV as well as a music producer. I focus on creating music in a way that is highly memorable and emotional. I use melodies and themes that subtly move in and out to enhance the storytelling experience and create pivotal moments of emotion throughout a film or another medium. I am known for the quality of my work and creating music that will find its way back into your subconscious. If I did not exceed your expectations, then I did not do my job.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Definitely writing music for the Walt Disney animated short film, “Just a Thought”. It was an absolute dream come true working with Walt Disney Animation Studios and with my insanely talented director, Brian Menz and the other creatives over there. One of the most fun and creative collaborations that I have had so far. It’s surreal because it is screening with select showings of the new, “The Lion King” at the El Capitan Theatre here in Los Angeles!

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Hotae Alexander Jang, Niles Gregory, Gil Riego

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