Conversations with Composers
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Porcaro’s touring career began playing with Gary Wright during his tour in 1977, supporting the latter’s The Dream Weaver album. Porcaro and the other original members of Toto then played with Boz Scaggs before forming Toto.
Porcaro wrote or co-wrote at least one song on each of Toto’s first six albums, with the exception of Isolation. His two older brothers Mike and Jeff were Toto’s bassist and drummer as well as session musicians while his father Joe is a prolific session percussionist.
Unlike most of his Toto bandmates, he generally did not contribute lead or even backing vocals; he considered himself a weak singer, and sang lead on two of his earlier compositions only because he felt that the vocal styles of his bandmates, with the exception of Joseph Williams, were not appropriate for his songs. He left Toto in 1987 after the Fahrenheit album in order to pursue a more full-time songwriting and composing career. However, Porcaro continued working with Toto in various supporting capacities, assisting with keyboards, drum looping, synthesizers and arranging/composing.
Porcaro composed the music for the song “Human Nature” and produced the synthesizer for “The Girl Is Mine” from Michael Jackson‘s album Thriller as well as playing synthesizer and keyboard on “Stranger In Moscow” from Jackson’s HIStory album.
He has also done session musician work for many other acts, including Yes (on Union and Open Your Eyes) and Jefferson Airplane (on their self-titled 1989 reunion album). He was also a member of Chris Squire‘s short lived band, The Chris Squire Experiment, in 1992.
Steve Porcaro is currently working on film scores. He composed the music for the FX television show Justified, among many other projects.
He collaborated with his daughter Heather Porcaro on her debut album, The Heartstring Symphony, released in 2009.