The Recording Connection is pleased to count composer and guitarist Brian Tarquin among our mentors since October 2013. Owner of Jungle Room Studios, BHP Music and a music publishing company called Film Trax, Brian is a noted music industry pro with three Emmy awards for his music for television, as well as an author of several books! Here’s an excerpt from his bio:
The Multi Emmy Award winning composer/guitarist Brian Tarquin has established himself as a top rate TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won an “Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin first graced the Top 20 Billboard Charts back in 1997 with the commercial release; This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2 on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary Jazz Radio in the late 90’s. From 1996 to 2001, Brian recorded four solo albums, Ghost Dance, Last Kiss Goodbye, Soft Touch and High Life and has appeared in over 32 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career. In 2008, Tarquin produced and wrote Fretworx, which showcased new recordings by guitar greats, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Frank Gambale, Andy Timmons, Will Ray, plus many others. The album featured, exclusively released tracks inspired by those who lost their lives on 9-11, in which a portion of the profits were donated to the Friends of Firefighters 9-11 Foundation. It also contained rarity tracks from Steve Vai, Santana & Tommy Bolin, plus personal liner notes written by Hal Lindes of Dire Straits.
Some of his accomplishments include, composing the theme music for MTV’s Road Rules, as well as producing music for many other TV shows such as CSI, ABC’s Making The Band, Extra, TMZ, Alias and the Keanu Reeves film, The Watcher (see list of credits attached). For many years, he has produced/composed for such Music Production Companies as First Com, Sonoton, Megatrax, One Music and Zomba Music. In fact, Brian composed and produced the successful Megatrax series, Megabeats. In 1998, he formed the rock/electronica band, Asphalt Jungle, which composed the MTV Road Rules theme, “Witchcraft” and “Tekken”.