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In this 2+ hour interview Tommy reveals all. We talk about New ventures with Disney and PBS, old school gaming, his relationship with Miyamoto, guitars, music, his involvement in creating Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, everything you could want to know about the future of Video Games Live, gaming preferences, Michael Jackson’s involvement on Sonic 3, console wars, his voice acting, and TONS more!
Tommy Tallarico (born on February 18, 1968) is an American video game music composer and musician. He is best-known as the co-creator of the concert series Video Games Live. He is also well known for being the co-host of Reviews on the Run (formerly known as Judgment Day).
Tallarico entered the video game industry in 1991, working on more than 250 games, including the Earthworm Jim series, Treasures of the Deep, Color a Dinosaur, Messiah, MDK, Wild 9, Unreal, Cool Spot, Spot Goes to Hollywood, RoboCop versus The Terminator, Maximo, Pac-Man World, Another World, Prince of Persia, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and Advent Rising. Tallarico has won over 25 industry awards for best video game audio.
He founded Tommy Tallarico Studios in 1994 and the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), of which he is also the president, in 2002. He wrote, co-hosted, and co-produced The Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run (formerly Judgment Day on the G4 network), and co-hosted alongside Victor Lucas in both television programs until he left to focus on Video Games Live. He is also an advisory board member for the Game Developers Conference, a governor for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS/Grammy) and a nominating peer panel leader for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. He released a CD with his music on it, entitled Virgin Games: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 in 1994. A subsequent volume in the series was released in 1997. His work can also be found on additional releases in official game soundtrack albums with his music featured on them. Tallarico is the co-creator, executive producer, and host of Video Games Live.
Tallarico is the cousin of Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith.