Multi Talented Producer, Arranger, and Film Composer.
As a Film Composer, Diggy has been quite successful and accredits his success to two of his well-known mentors, Hans Zimmer and Quincy Jones; “he says, these men have had a great impact on his life by what they have contributed to the Film and Entertainment Industry over the years.”
Rob Diggy, often called “The Sixth Man of Music”, has been compared to phenomenal Composer’s and Producer’s like Terrence Blanchard, Brian Tyler, and Danny Elfman.
When Beyonce released her Multi-Platinum “Dangerously In Love” album in 2004, it featured the smash hit “Crazy In Love”, which earned Diggy a Grammy and a Certified Gold Record for his Outstanding Keyboard Arrangement and Musicianship for the remix. Diggy also recognizes that
much of his success as an Arranger and a musician comes from another mentor and long time friend, Morris Hayes (Keyboard player for the famed artist “Prince”). Morris taught Diggy the art of keyboard synthesis and to this day still learns from him.
Film and Production Reel
Trust, My Phamily Barbeque, Three, The Engagement, Tactical, Ransum
Games: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuTcaF8Rpto, Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello Winner of The International Film Competition, RE/MAX Spot, The Fred Hampton Story, These Showers Can Talk, On The Front Line, Be Evil (A Tony Topaz Film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzGW-VfvOqI, One Dream Away http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUOJP36pw7M, Walgreens, Breathe, Iniquity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2O55xUPNG4, Scoring Cues for the Sony Pictures Animation Film The Swan Princess IV, Session keyboardist for R. Kelly R/B Singer.
HOW I GOT STARTED
I always had a strong admiration and desire to play an instrument. At age fourteen I received my first guitar, a 1963 Gibson SG that I still own today, a graduation gift given to me by my uncle. I joined the high school band and found my other love the trombone, and quickly moved up in rank from beginner to advanced band in a matter of four months, it was then that I knew that I was a special talent. The band room was filled with many different instruments but what stood out was the old upright piano that was banged on daily before and after band practice. I embraced the ivories with a different perspective and immediately became familiar with the keys and started playing by ear. This was a new chapter in my life and I had no idea that this would be my next level. The trombone guitar and piano would become my main instruments for the next four years upon my college years.
HOW I WAS AWARDED GRAMMY CERTIFICATION
I had the opportunity of playing on the remix of Beyonces “Crazy in love” as Musician and Arranger. The plaque hangs in my studio to remind me of greater things to come.
GOLD AND PLATINUM RIAA CERTIFICATION
JANET JACKSON-DIMITAJO, OMARION-O, BEYONNCE SHAKIRA- BEAUTIFUL LIAR, BEYONCE-CHECK ON IT, BEYONCE
IRREPLACABLE, BEYONCE-RING THE ALARM BEYONCE-CRAZY IN LOVE. “RIAA” is short for the “RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA”.
MY CURRENT WORK STATUS
I work for “Vassal Benford” esteemed Music Composer as a session arranger. His work includes U2, The Jackson’s, New Jack City, and many other projects that have graced the silver screen. My current work with Mr. Benford completed the music segments for the movie “The Swan Princess IV” for Sony Pictures. I am also the “Music Arranger” on a song for the film entitled “Niger Delta” with the song being performed by Recording Artist “Alicia Keys”. Having the pleasure of working with famed Video Director “J.Jesses Smith” on the Bio Pic “Breathe” starring, Robin Givens and Elise Neal, in addition I score independent films and produce music for different artist in the Chicago area.
SANDAL SOLÉ® LLC AFFILIATIONS
I acted as Judge for the “Face of the Caribbean’s” “Music Beat” Category. Bringing together some of the best talent from Music, Fashion, Beauty and Hair Care, I look forward to working directly in Jamaica, scoring some of the music for the “Swimsuit Calendar” being filmed in Jamaica and sponsored by CaribDirect.
Stay tuned for my music productions also being featured on the upcoming “World Roots” CD, assisting with building homes in Haiti with Sandal Solé®.
MY “MUSIC MAESTRO” SELECTION OF THE WEEK
Music Mogul Vassal Benford is a record producer, executive and music industry executive.
His body of work has included 57 Platinum Records awarded by the RIAA certified, 8 Grammy Nominations, 11 Film Scores, 4 Television Syndications, Awards include a Grammy, several R&B awards, and a Juno Pop award.
Pop songwriter of the year awards, Producer of the year awards. Vassal Benford has been producing music professionally since the early-1990s. His production has helped create career-defining hits for artists such as Toni Braxton, Debra Cox, Jade, Chante Moore.
Vassal has produced over 150 albums throughout his career. These albums have generated over $400 million in revenue for such companies as Arista, LA Face, Sony, Universal, Motown, BMG, RCA, Mecury, EMI and Polygram.