Thomas Dolby

Thomas has no real formal music education . He did, however, learn to sight-sing single lines of music when he sang in a choir as a boy.

He initially learned guitar, but switched to keyboards after being influenced by piano jazz greats Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, and Thelonius Monk.

Dolby says of obtaining his first synth “The first electronic instruments started to become accessible in the mid-70s, and I got my hands on a kit built synthesizer and never looked back.”

Before his own success in the music business, a young and largely unknown Dolby did session work for such mainstream bands as Foreigner and Def Leppard