Richard “Wolfie” Wolf is an Emmy Award ™ winning composer, multi-Platinum RIAA awarded record producer and songwriter, teacher and noted author.
Record Producer and Songwriter
As a songwriter/ producer/remixer Wolf worked on some of the seminal projects that were the first to fuse Hip-Hop with R&B/Pop on recordings with Prince, Bell Biv Devoe, Freddy Mercury, Coolio, Seal, & MC Lyte. His production and songwriting also appeared on the first Acid Jazz collection The Rebirth Of The Cool Vol.1 (Island Records).
TV and FIlm Composer
Wolf has produced and composed songs and scores for popular visual media for over four decades. He has contributed to the soundtracks for thousands of television episodes ranging from twelve seasons of NCIS and The Sandman to Oprah and the NFL. His music has also appeared in many films ranging from Madonna’s “Who's That Girl” to “Scooby-Doo & The Cyber Chase”.
Author - Music & Mindfulness
Wolf is on the faculty of The University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music where he teaches a class on "Music & Mindfulness" which was the first course at a university level to explore the special relationship between the two practices. His book “In Tune: Music As The Bridge To Mindfulness” is acclaimed as an innovative guide to contemplative practices for musical people and was the inspiration for his podcast “Wolf In Tune”. The book was written up in The New Yorker, Parade Magazine, Mindful Magazine, Mashable, Spirituality & Health and others.
Wolf has led a five part series on “Mindfulness for the Music Community” for The Recording Academy’s MusiCares and has given similar talks and presentations for the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, ASCAP, The Kroger Wellness Festival and others.
Working as WolfinTune he is releasing music which expands beyond the boundaries of traditional “meditation music” as well as the repetitive 4 bar loops of Lo-Fi Chill. This new “Mindful Soul” is designed to guide your awareness through a cinematic soundscape of ever shifting textures and harmonies. Unusual for this genre, the songs are an ambient tapestry of sounds, melodies and rhythms heard in R&B, Hip-hop and NeoSoul. Envisioned as a companion to “In Tune: Music As the Bridge to Mindfulness”, the ultimate goal is to ease the way as you tune in to your own inner sound and silence.
Since 2009 Wolf has served on the Board of Directors of the I Have A Dream Foundation, LA which supports urban youth in the most underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles. In 2017 Wolf was instrumental in launching their Music & Mindfulness program for young Dreamers.
Dave Pensado and Super Producer Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Snoop Dogg, P!nk) discuss their studio work with Richard Wolf on Pensado's Place.