Here at Box Monkey Studios we are passionate about video game music and strive to deliver the highest quality compositions for your project. We believe that music in games should not only support and enhance the gaming experience, but be memorable as well. We compose and record music out of our Nashville based recording studio, which enables us to record real instruments and sounds to go along with our collection of synth and virtual instrument libraries. Writing and recording as a duo allows us get projects done quicker and utilize our different skill sets to help make the right music for each project.
Box Monkey Studios was created by musician and gamer friends Tommy Norris and Chalmers Croft. Norris and Croft wanted to create a company that would bring back the “magic” and truly defining moments of their videogame experiences. Having grown up in an era of gaming where the music was an equally integral part to the overall feel and experience of a game, Box Monkey Studios seeks to replicate that by bringing together shared experiences, a blended skill set, and their unique chemistry as acclaimed musicians, friends, and true gaming aficionados.
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. On the day of his audition into the program, he met Chalmers, who was also auditioning for entry into the music school. Shortly after both were accepted into the program, Chalmers and Tommy became college roommates and close friends. With both sharing an affinity for videogames and specifically the Nintendo brand, Chalmers and Tommy spent many nights honing their super smash brothers chops and learning the theme songs on their chosen instruments. During his time at WCU, Tommy obtained an education in jazz, the recording arts, music industry, aural skills, and much more.
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. Some of Tommy’s all-time favorite games include Final Fantasy 7, Donkey Kong Country 2, Smash Brothers Brawl, 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. On audition day, a nervous Chalmers became friends with Tommy who had just walked out of his audition. The two were both
In need of a roommate and agreed to share a dorm together.
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. 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 now works as a human resources professional and enjoys fitness, nature, reading, and a good cigar. Some of his all-time favorite games include Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, and many more.