In the latest episode of Rather Have the Story, host Brian Kehew interviews composer & synthesist Steve Porcaro of Toto.

Porcaro discusses his work in the early days of studio gigs with synths, the struggles of working with 70s gear, his work with Toto and more.

Video Summary:

This week we welcome Steve Porcaro, of Toto, of film and TV scoring, co-author of “Human Nature” for Michael Jackson, session musician – and much more.

We talk about the world and work of session musicians, Jeff Porcaro growing up and in the studio, the Rosanna solo, making the Toto albums in the studio, our tributes to the GREAT Keith Emerson, film and TV scoring, James Newton Howard, Roger Linn, Greg Ladanyi, Tommy Mars…

The Roland Microcomposer and early sequencers and synths, the venerable Yamaha CS80, DS1 and 2, the DX7, Polyfusion modular synthesizers, “The Blip” (Steve’s creation of complex attack sounds) based upon Frank Zappa and his synthesizer horn sound, and much more!

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