BIO

Composer Tay Uhler’s distinct California ear has brought some of music’s most progressive sounds to film, television and records. At the age of 19, Tay hit the road with John Phillips of The Mamas and Papas and toured the U.S. While working with Phillips and producer Lou Adler he worked on the soundtrack of Brewster McLcoud a Robert Altman film. Tay was subsequently selected to score the award winning short film, Breath of Fire and signed his first publishing contract with Bobby Roberts and Hal Landers. On one of his first assignments, he co-wrote Listen To The Melody with Quincy Jones for the Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Hot Rock. The next decade found Tay playing guitar in concert throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with Johnny Rivers; appearing on numerous Midnight Specials, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concerts, and Dick Clark Television Specials. Tay made appearances with Jan & Dean, Ann Murray, and worked with Jimmy Webb. Spending hundreds of hours with L.A.’s top studio musicians, he continued his writing, featuring New Lovers and Old Friends, a title track for Johnny Rivers. In the early eighties he became an original member of The Surf Punks. He later formed a band, Eddie Sapien with film composer Gary Chang which opened for Oingo Boingo in the L.A. club scene. Through producer Lou Adler, Tay worked with Cheech Marin on the Born in East L.A. album and Get Out of My Room music video. For Paramount Pictures he co-wrote the title track for Back To The Beach. The distinct films of Sundance award winning director, Stacy Peralta, all benefit from Tay Uhler scores. In television, Tay has composed for numerous television series including Tales From The Crypt, SK8 TV, Nickelodeon Bing Show, The Wild Side Show, The Sunday Comics, and Invasion of the Hidden Cameras. Tay also scored one of the first of Fox’s reality specials, When Disasters Strike. This show was so successful in ratings that it led Fox into an era of ‘shocking reality’. Other shows followed including Close Calls, Video Justice, Stopping the Stalkers and The World’s Nastiest Neighbors. Tay’s sound became so defined that Fox started lifting it to introduce their Sport Shows and special events. This led to the Fox Television Movies, Getting Away With Murder – The Jonbenet Ramsey Story, After Different Strokes – When The Laughter Stopped, and Unauthorized: The Mary Letourneau Story. Tay was honored by Ted Haimes (director) and Universal to score Dial ‘H’ For Hitchcock – The Genius Behind the Showman, a two hour documentary for the 100th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock. In the ad world, Tay has put music to Monsters Inc. / Hasbro, Acura, Club Med, LA Looks – Hair, Lilo and Stitch / Hasbro and many more. While collaborating with the legendary Wah Wah Watson, Tay and Mr. Watson scored a musical comedy which played in Los Angeles and then went Off-Broadway on 42nd St. in NY. Tay continues to score films including Y.M.I. ,Outrage, Born in Terror, and Good Men.

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