Thomas Joseph Coster, Jr. (born June 10, 1966), known as Tommy Coster, is an American record producer, keyboardist, entertainment entrepreneur and composer. He is the founder and current CEO of FAUP Entertainment, 327 Entertainment, Retsoc Tech, and Kitty King Music Publishing. He has produced and composed music for Interscope, JVC, Universal, Aftermath, Shady Records, G-Unit, For Life, Def Jam, AVEX, Warner Brothers, Fox Searchlight, Paramount, Sony Pictures, MGM, FCB, BBDO, NBC, ABC, CBS and Disney. He has composed songs with such artists as Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Carlos Santana. In 2000 he co-wrote the single "The Real Slim Shady" with Dr. Dre and Eminem penning one of the most successful rap songs of all time, selling over 20M units. "The Real Slim Shady" was the 11th best selli

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  • Thomas Joseph Coster, Jr. (born June 10, 1966), known as Tommy Coster, is an American record producer, keyboardist, entertainment entrepreneur and composer. He is the founder and current CEO of FAUP Entertainment, 327 Entertainment, Retsoc Tech, and Kitty King Music Publishing. He has produced and composed music for Interscope, JVC, Universal, Aftermath, Shady Records, G-Unit, For Life, Def Jam, AVEX, Warner Brothers, Fox Searchlight, Paramount, Sony Pictures, MGM, FCB, BBDO, NBC, ABC, CBS and Disney. He has composed songs with such artists as Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Carlos Santana. In 2000 he co-wrote the single "The Real Slim Shady" with Dr. Dre and Eminem penning one of the most successful rap songs of all time, selling over 20M units. "The Real Slim Shady" was the 11th best selling single of 2000 in the United Kingdom. It won multiple awards, including MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video and Best Male Video, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. Tommy began his career as a composer in 1977 when he co-wrote the song "Zulu" with Carlos Santana for the album Moonflower. He went on to earn a Gold Record by the age of 12 for this collaboration with Santana. From this point in 1978 until he graduated high school Tommy was composing and performing locally in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1986 Tommy moved to Boston MA where he began to study jazz composition at Berklee College of Music. He attended Berklee for two years eventually leaving Boston in 1988 returning to California to pursue his musical career in Los Angeles. Just before his move to Los Angeles, Tommy was contacted by Charlie Banacos, a famous private piano instructor. Charlie informed Tommy that his turn had come up on the waiting list and wanted to know if Tommy was going to start studying with him. Tommy decided to move back to Boston in late 1988 to continue his studies with Charlie. In 1989 while still in Boston Tommy began working on a contemporary jazz record with his father for Headfirst Records. Tommy wrote the majority of the music and co-produced this project with his father. The record included Dennis Chambers, Frank Gambale, Randy Jackson, Ernie Watts, Steve Smith, and Larry Grenadier. Despite a limited marketing budget from Headfirst the album was a top 10 contemporary jazz album for the year. Several more contemporary jazz and jazz fusion collaborations followed between Tommy and his father for JVC Japan, including the albums, "From Me To You", "Let's Set The Record Straight". Forbidden Zone" and "From The Street". With the record entitled "Let's Set The Record Straight", Tom Sr. was going in a more jazz fusion direction, at this point Tommy had become the producer of this album and the two to follow. In late 1991 Tommy moved back to Northern California to prepare for his move to Los Angeles in January 1992. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Tommy was invited by Mindi Abair to play keyboardist in her band. Tommy played locally with Mindi and worked at a local music store by the name of Goodman Music in Universal City. In 1995 Tommy was asked to join John Tesh's band as an orchestral keyboardist in the group. Among the many shows Tommy performed with John and his band, they recorded a live album featuring the Colorado Symphony, entitle "Live At Red Rocks". In 1997 Tommy was asked to scored his first feature film with Master P, entitled, "I Got The Hookup". Tommy moved his studio to Santa Monica which became his headquarters for FAUP Entertainment, Inc. in 1999. During that same year, a dear friend of Tommy's, by the name of Dennis Chambers, had connected him with Larry Chatman who was Dr. Dre's production manager and assistant. At this time Tommy started working with Dr. Dre on various projects, one of which being "The Marshall Mathers LP". After opening his private studio in 1999, Tommy was asked to compose music for three Gatorade spots in 2000 featuring Michael Jordan. During Tommy's collaborative years with Dr. Dre from 1999 to 2004, he performed on Saturday Night Live, MTV, and several records including, "The Marshall Mathers LP", "Get Rich Or Die Tryin", "Devil's Night", "War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)", "The Documentary", "Chronic 2001". This collaborative period between Tommy and Dr. Dre yielded in excess of 70M units sold collectively world wide. Tommy had come up with the musical concept for the single, "The Real Slim Shady" and had also co-written "Heat" with Dr. Dre for 50 Cent's debut album. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 80 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". The song was featured in 21 Jump Street during the opening of the film. From 2005 to the present Tommy has scored several films and written and produced hundreds of tracks for various productions internationally including productions in Japan for, For Life Records, AVEX and Def Jam Japan in 2003 and 2004. (en)
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