Musical Director, Guitarist

Shota Nakama | Producer, Music Director, Lead Arranger

Shota Nakama (born Jan 15, 1982) is a Boston based producer, composer, arranger and guitarist from Okinawa, Japan. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and received his bachelor’s degree in film scoring. He also received his master’s degree in classical guitar performance from The Boston Conservatory.

Shota is most recognized for his involvement in the video game industry, especially for creating Video Game Orchestra, a rockestra (ROCK + ORCEHSTRA) project performing his own arrangements of the music from popular video games with a rock band, orchestra and choir.  Since its formation in 2008, the group has performed a number of sold out concerts at legendary venues like Boston Symphony Hall and Seattle Paramount Theater and toured China/Taiwan. The project has been featured on prominent media sources such as Boston Globe, CNET, Asahi Newspaper, NHK and many others.

Shota also founded SoundtRec Boston, a recording production for films, video games and animation based in Boston, MA.  The company has recorded and mixed for some of the most well known video game franchises like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, which Shota himself orchestrated. The company recently worked on the soundtracks for an anime title, Gunslinger Stratos, and a feature film, Lazer Team, by Rooster Teeth.

Tommy Tallarico Bio

Tommy Tallarico | Producer

Tommy Tallarico is a veritable video game industry icon.  As one of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience.  He is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps & bloops to real music now appreciated worldwide by millions of fans.  He is the founder, CEO and Chairman of G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in interactive audio (www.audiogang.org).  Tommy was the host, writer and co-producer of the award-winning, cutting-edge television shows Reviews on the Run and the Electric Playground.

An accomplished musician, Tallarico has been writing music for video games for more than 22 years.  Tallarico was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide (Tommy Tallarico’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – Capitol Records).  Tommy was one of the first person to ever use live guitar and 3-D audio in a video game (The Terminator), and was instrumental in bringing true digital interactive 5.1 surround to the gaming world.

He has won over 50 industry awards for best video game audio and has worked on more than 300 game titles.  His score for Advent Rising has been noted as “one of the greatest musical scores of all time” by websites such as Yahoo, Gamespot and others.  In 2008, he was enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records with a two page feature article and interview and currently holds 3 Guinness World Records including the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games. For more information about Tommy please visit www.tallarico.com.