Below, you can read our interview with composer Toby Tune, and listen to his beautiful album, Coming Attractions. Check out our full music review of Coming Attractions by Toby Tune, HERE.
Q: You currently live in the paradise known as Costa Rica; but where are you originally from? And, when & why did you make the move to Central America?
A: Originally from Minneapolis, MN. Moved in 2000. Got tired of shoveling snow.
Q: Wow, you’ve been writing music since you were 12 years old! How did this happen? Were your parents musicians? What was it that inspired you at such a young age?
A: I started writing because I was too impatient to learn to read notes. And I saw that the piano players got the girls.
Q: Tell us about your days with your early groups, “THE H.T.3” and “Blue Sandelwood Soap”. How long were you with them? Did you go on tour? What happened to those groups?
A: The HT Three was a group that I formed as a way to get my songs played and recorded. Every song was a different genre, from piano jazz, to grunge rock.
Blue Sandelwood Soap was my hippie group. Forty original songs with different time signatures throughout. We played love-ins in the park and toured around Minnesota. We also have a CD out titled, Loring Park Love In. One of my songs from that group was placed in an episode of the TV series Mad Men!
Q: Your work covers multiple styles. What is your favorite style/genre to play?
A: I usually drift off with New Age.
Q: Your music has been used on TV shows such as Mad Men and The Sopranos! That must have been very exciting! How did you manage to get discovered like that?
A: Well, actually there are a number of companies that send out requests to composers asking for all types of music. I just got lucky.
Q: Have you composed music for any other shows or films?
A: A lot of my music is in various production libraries.
Q: Your album Coming Attractions is just lovely! What was you primary inspiration for this music? How long did it take you to record the album? What is your favorite track?
A: It took around four months on and off to get it finished. The inspiration just comes. Many times when I start out with something in mind, by the time I’m finished, it was nothing like I intended. I usually surprise myself. I don’t really have a favorite, I like them all. But I find I go back to Way Back as one of them.
Q: You get to collaborate with anyone of your choosing—dead or alive. Who is it?
A: Philip Glass
Q: Your favorite album of all time?
A: Days of Future Past—The Moody Blues
Q: Your favorite song of all time?
A: Tears on My Pillow—Little Anthony
Q: What would you like fans to know about you that they’re most likely unaware of?
A: Maybe that I live in the rain-forest with monkeys in the backyard and the ocean in front.