Tommy Coster was born in Northern California near San Francisco in a town called Burlingame. At a very young age he found inspiration from his father, Tom Coster Sr., who was a premier musician in the San Francisco Bay Area. He eventually became a world renowned keyboardist. This was an amazing catalyst for Tommy's musical journey and aspirations.
By the age of 11 years old, Tommy had co-written his first published song with Carlos Santana, titled “Zulu”, which was included on Santana’s “Moonflower” album in 1977. He was later awarded his first gold album for his exceptional collaboration. After San Francisco, Tommy moved to Boston to study Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music.
After co-writing and producing several jazz records, Tommy decided to move to Los Angeles to start a new chapter in his musical career. In 1998 Coster scored his first film for Miramax, working with rapper Master P on, “I Got The Hook Up” One year later, Tommy started working with Dr. Dre which resulted in epic proportions. He co-wrote one of the biggest songs in hip hop history with Dr. Dre and Eminem, titled “The Real Slim Shady”. This catapulted Tommy into working with several other artists resulting in the sales of over 75 Million records.
Tommy is a 2X Grammy Award Winning writer with several gold and multi platinum awards, including a RIAA Diamond Award, certifying over 10 Million copies sold of the “The Marshall Mathers LP” in the United States alone. Only 150 projects in the history of the music business have ever reached this level of achievement.
Tommy has also been active in film and TV as a writer, composer and collaborator with more than 500 credits on IMBD.
Tommy also has a passion for being around emerging technologies throughout his entire life. In addition to music, he has pivoted into tech and other entertainment aspects. He is currently collaborating and pioneering solutions to help create traction and sustainability for today’s artists in the current and future versions of their industries.
With his environmental and institutional education, Coster has had the unique experience of being able to qualify, teach and share his research, knowledge and experiences with the students of today. From conception to completion of each project he hopes to encourage artists to hold a new sense of ownership of their music. From educating on proper business practices to leading marketing initiatives, Tommy’s ultimate intention is to instill the knowledge of how to help create sustainable careers in the entertainment industry.
Tommy continues to inspire and aspire in music and life and hopes that you join him on that journey.