Box Monkey Studios is a Video Game Music Composition team based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. We are passionate about video game music and strive to deliver the highest quality music for your project. We believe that music in games should not only support and enhance the gaming experience, but be memorable as well. We are able to work as a team, or individually to fit your project's needs. We also offer mixing services for composers and studios in need of a professional and polished soundtrack.
Hailing from Creedmoor, North Carolina, Tommy Norris has been picking and gaming since his early high school years. With roots in classic and modern rock, Tommy decided to expand his musical knowledge and skill set by attending the Western Carolina University School of Music. During his time at WCU, Tommy obtained an education in composition, audio engineering, mixing, and jazz.
Tommy is a founding member of the Americana group: The Barefoot Movement. The group began touring during his college years and has gone on to perform with some of the most acclaimed names in Americana and Country music such as Vince Gill, Steve Earle and Ricky Skaggs. He has performed at many prominent festivals such as Floydfest, Grey Fox, Merlefest, and many more.
Tommy is a very accomplished mandolinist and classical guitarist who is well-versed in many styles, and also is the author of many mandolin instructional books published by Mel Bay. Aside from music, Tommy enjoys playing basketball, eating pizza, and reading.
Tommy’s all-time favorite games: Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy Tactics, Dark Souls, Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Smash Brothers , and Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.
Also a North Carolina native, Chalmers Croft comes from a family raised on Bluegrass and Nintendo. By age 4, he was going neck and neck with his mother in Mario Kart, and by age 6, he was playing along on Sundays with his father in the church praise band. Chalmers also sought to build on his musical foundation by attending the music school at Western Carolina University.
After two and a half years of studying at the music school, Chalmers decided to switch gears in his education and he completed a bachelor of science in Public Relations with a minor in music. Upon graduation, Chalmers became involved with the local country music scene and began to study the playing of many country guitar greats such as Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Brent Mason, James Burton, Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, Brad Paisley and more. He developed connections in Nashville and shortly
after getting married in October of 2014, made a bold move to Music City. Within a month, Chalmers scored a full-time gig with an emerging major label Country artist named Chris Janson.
Instantly, Chalmers was catapulted into the commercial touring world and spent two years as the right hand man for #1 hit artist, Chris Janson. Chalmers toured nationally and internationally at an average of 170 dates per year and experienced everything from the national television circuit including Conan and Fallon to major tours with Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, and Toby Keith. Chalmers has also performed many times at world renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman. Chalmers is a well versed and very versatile guitarist with proficiency in Jazz, Bluegrass, Alternative, Rock, Country, Blues, and more. He has been mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine multiple times and is a sought-after sideman and studio musician. Aside from musical endeavors, Chalmers enjoys fitness, nature, reading, and a good cigar.
Chalmer's all-time favorite games: Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Smash Bros.