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Steve Porcaro

If your last name is Porcaro, you live in Southern California, and you’re in the music industry, you’re name is golden. And if your name is Steve Porcaro, that gold has translated into 15 Grammy’s that you’ve held in your hands over the years. As an original member of the band Toto, keyboardist, composer and songwriter Steve Porcaro has had his share of success. He has written many significant songs over his career, such as Michael Jackson’s Human Nature, that was recently performed by guitarist John Mayer at Jackson’s Memorial in the Staples Center. He’s written and performed for artists such as Madonna, The Carpenters, Gary Wright, Diana Ross, Peabo Bryson, Yes, Jefferson Airplane, and others. His discography has included countless musical scores for video, film and television, and he remains consistently busy in these arenas. With credits on seven Toto albums and ten film scores, Steve doesn’t rest on his legacy nor his family’s. Instead he moves ahead – focused on his desire to confront new musical territory. From his work with James Newton Howard on the Friends album, to the soundtrack to Dune, to Toto, his resilience, along with his family name, makes him golden. Inside MusiCast welcomes Steve Porcaro.

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Reader Comments (18)

Hey, Guys!
First of all, thanks so much for including my questions on the interview. Very honored to hear my name and the questions. Secondly, what a great interview! Such a candid, informative, and enjoyable range of topics. I hope (and I know you guys do, too) his unreleased music sees the light of day soon. The samples he graciously shared were brilliant...not that I was surprised!
Thanks, Eddy and Rick! Your interviews are simply super! Looking forward to seeing you both in Nashville!
John Marshall

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall

Thanks John! We appreciate your support for Inside MusiCast and thanks for sending the great questions!

See you soon!


September 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRick Such

I want to thanks Rick and Eddy for this fantastic interview to Steve Porcaro, the wizard of the keyboards!
This is as the rains down in Africa for all the Toto fans.......you know, you have done my day!

Thanks for all guys....I hope to have great interviews very soon

hugs from Italy


September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Graci! Thanks for the kind comments, Andrea. And yes, it was for all TOTO fans!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

Having been a Toto for fan for 25 years or so now it was great to Hear Steve talk about Toto and things in general. A superb keyboard player/musician but seems very modest about his skills.
Best wishes, Brian

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hassan

Great to hear from Steve again, well done lads, another really great interview. Sounded like you were having a real good time.
Keep up the excellent work,
Cheers,Andy B

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy B

GREAT interview, guys!!!! What a cool dude.....wish I could join you guys in Nashville!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeena

Fantastic job, Guys! Good interview. I'm honored you used my "Lea" question. Steve's an awesome talent. Very insightful take on Jeff and the Porcaros in general. Thanks, Rick & Eddy.

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

Steve underestimates himself with us fans. Contrary to what he says, he IS the real deal when it comes to playing keys. Like many, I am awaiting his next musical output. Fascinating interview!

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMax

Steve may not know it, but he has COUNTLESS fans who YEARN for his music! I consider him the KING of the SYNTH, and I buy ANYTHING that has his name on it. I was SO excited to hear that you were interviewing him!
What a great interview! What great music!
Wishing Steve a long, fruitful career, love, joy, peace, and health, AND...LOTS of music!



September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYinka

Just wanted to thank you guy's for that inverview with one of the Porcaro brothers. I'm sure gonna stay tuned in when you talk to Bill Champlin on the 14th. He's in the same catagory as these Porcaro brohers.

Takk, Denni

September 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenni

What a great interview. I have been a long time fan of Steve and I learned so much about his musical background and look forward to hearing more from him in the future. Congrats to him on his inductation to the Musicians Hall of Fame. I look forward to seeing him in Nashville getting his well deserved award.

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Max couldn't have put it more simpler. Steve Porcaro "underestimates himself with us fans". ...Please. Somebody out there encourage this man to make an effort to put out that good music he's sitting on. ....Great Interview, Guys!

September 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon Black

God bless You. The subtle voice inside of yourself spread Us. Love and Thank from old Europe. David.

September 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Saä V. Estornell

Excellent interview!! I was so excited to see Steve Porcaro's name come up in my podcast list. Thanks for the great interview and please tell Steve that there are a lot of fans out here that are dying to hear his stuff - Put it out there man, put it out there.

Keep up the great work! Love this podcast.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKayle Clements

Steve Porcaro is a great musician,composer and person,I grew up listening to his songs and Toto as well .
This interview makes me so glad!
I'm brazilian and here in Brazil Steve Porcaro and Toto have a lot of fans!
Thanks Eddy and Ricky for this amazing interview!
I recomended to a lot of friends of mine that admire Steve,to hear this interview,and they really loved!
I wish to Steve Porcaro all the best and success!
Ricky and Eddy I do not speak english very well,and I'm so sorry about that!I hope you understand!
Bye and Thank you again.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia

I wish to thank Steve for the great music he has written and included in this podcast, in particular "Painting by numbers". With Micheal vocals that tune had hit all the pop-charts for sure! Other thanks also to Micheal Sherwood who has written that song with Steve.
Besides the great musician who Steve represent, he is a great man too with a great humanity!
Best regards,

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Nalon

Rick & Eddy, Thank you so much for asking all the questions I wanted to ask if I had the chance. Steve's interview was realy intertaining and informative. I've been a Toto fan since I was 12 years old, over thirty years and have always been crazy curious of all the events regarding Toto and the members of the band. The only complaint I would have is that Steve seemed to diminish his musical ability and his importance to Toto and to Toto fans. I always saw his role with Toto as the electronic wiz kid, who gave them that realy cool edge sound. Most synth players do realy simple, automated, one finger BS, but steve was a real virtuoso and always came up with very elegant beautiful arraingments to add to the songs. I could realy hear the difference when he left the band, they were still great but Seve contribution was very special and important to there success. Steve you're a true genius man, dont be so freekin hubble!!! I cant wait to get some of your new music, my ears long for it.

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeo Hernandez

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