Rocky IV and Transformers: an Interview with Composer Vince DiCola (Part I)

The marquee of the Fox Westwood Village Theatre heralds the 1985 West Los Angeles, California, premiere of 'Rocky IV.' Photo by George Rose / Getty Images

In our interview with Vince DiCola, we learn about how he became the composer for Rocky IV. We explore his musical background as a drummer and keyboardist, how he was influenced by progressive rock, and we discuss his innovative use of synthesizer. Songwriting for Staying Alive is also discussed, and learn the story of how DiCola made it in Hollywood.