Understandably, Tommy’s songwriting career began very early in life when he co-wrote the track “Zulu” in 1977 with Carlos Santana for Santana’s, Moonflower. The record went gold and Tommy was just 12 years old when receiving his first gold record.
Later in 1986, Tommy attended the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston. Putting him square and center amongst the world’s most talented musicians, composers, and producers, Berklee became a fateful launch pad for Tommy’s future musical collaborations.
Some of such collaborations and career highlights include Tommy’s producing, playing, and writing on his father's jazz records, including such music greats as Dennis Chambers, Michael Brecker, Mark Isham, Steve Smith, Frank Gambale, Armando Peraza, Scott Henderson, Dean Brown, Walter A., and Randy Jackson, to name a few.
In 1992, Tommy relocated to Los Angeles where he began the next phase of his musical journey. It was in there in Los Angeles that he met Dr. Dre through his dear friend Dennis Chambers. The first collaborative project that Tommy and Dr. Dre shared was Eminem's second record project entitled, The Marshall Mathers LP. One of the many results of this collaboration was writing The Real Slim Shady, which sold over 20 million units world wide.
Following the success of The Reel Slim Shady, Tommy was invited to score film trailers for films such as Serving Sara with Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley, Barbershop with Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer, and many more. At the same time, Tommy was sought out to write on 50 Cent's first and award-winning record, and contribute as a keyboardist on The Game, D-12, Ice Cube, Snoop, and many others.
Throughout his career, Tommy has successfully contributed to A-list musical projects, totaling over 70 Million units sold, worldwide. Tommy is one of only 134 recipients of the coveted, Diamond Award, for his groundbreaking work with Eminem and Dr. Dre on The Marshall Mathers LP.
Integral to his process, tech has always been an imperative part of Tommy’s musical world, consistently incorporating the latest innovations in synthesizers, Hammond B3’s, and Fender Rhodes electric pianos.
By the time he purchased his first Mac computer in 1986, he was well immersed in music technologies. Over the last 31 years, Tommy and his father have pioneered and participated in many of the various technologies that have driven and forever changed the music and entertainment business. With Tommy’s experience, vision, and passion, the path to pioneering new technologies needed for the creatives in the world, is a natural progression of his family legacy and his innate ability to shape future innovations.