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 The Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run (formerly known as Judgment Day in the US).
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Tallarico entered the video game industry in 1991 and has worked on more than 250 games, including the Earthworm Jim series, Color a Dinosaur, Treasures of the Deep, Messiah, MDK, Flip's Twisted World, Wild 9, Unreal, Cool Spot, Spot Goes to Hollywood, Spider-Man (2000), RoboCop versus The Terminator, Maximo, Pac-Man World, Another World (Mega Drive), 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 was also 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.
In January 2006, Tallarico announced on his website that he and Victor Lucas had decided to move Judgment Day from G4 to a different network, under the name Reviews on the Run, as it is known in Canada. He and Lucas also act as video game correspondents for HypaSpace Weekly. As of August 2007, Tallarico has not co-hosted any episodes of The Electric Playground or Reviews on the Run, as he is not available due to commitments to Video Games Live. As of now, he has only come back for one Reviews on the Run on episode number 647 and has not yet made another appearance. A two-page interview with Tallarico was featured in Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008, focusing only on his soundtrack and Video Games Live work. In March 2009, Tommy Tallarico received the Ambassador award at the Game Developers Conference for his contributions to the video game industry.
Tallarico is the co-founder and current host of Video Games Live, a touring orchestral show that performs scores of video game music. At the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, VGL celebrated its 200th show.
Tallarico is the cousin of Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith.
In December 2010, Tallarico announced that he had become a vegan.
In a 2012 interview, Tallarico stated that he had never drank alcohol, smoked a cigarette, or taken any drugs in his entire life.
Tommy Tallarico Studios
Video Games Live
Tommy Tallarico at the Internet Movie Database
Tommy Tallarico on Twitter
Tommy Tallarico on Facebook
Tommy Tallarico's profile at MobyGames
Gamasutra Game Audio Gallery: Tommy Tallarico
The Electric Playground
Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.)
Interview at DPerry.com
Interview at Midlife Gamer
Podcast Interview Tommy Tallarico on "We Talk Games." [Timecode, 00:58:22]
Podcast Interview Tommy Tallarico on "Podcast Prime" [Timecode, 01:48:00]