Thats because Self is Hollywoods top tuba player and has a fat list of films featuring his bassy tones.
Self says film composers commonly write melodies for the tuba whenever the scene features something gargantuan, such as a fat man walking or an elephant strolling around a circus.
For instance, Self played tuba melodies during a scene involving a whale in Finding Nemo and he was the instrumental voice for the mothership in the 1970s sci-fi film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.
But Self says the tuba isnt just limited to comedic films. He believes its a beautiful instrument for improvisation even though its bassy tones are more felt than heard.
Self hopes to open peoples ears and eyes to the instrument with a new jazz album, InnerPlay, that features him soloing over classic standards.
But he isnt giving up his day job. In fact, his tuba playing is featured prominently in movies like X3: The Last Stand, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Cars.
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