For the past few years this Australian sensation has been rapidly taking over international airwaves with his grinding synths and infectious rhythms. Tommy Trash, known for his unique sound, never allows it to fully label him and his eclectic discography.
From Tommy’s remix of Swedish House Mafia’s Antidote to his most recent retooling of Nicky Romero’s latest hit Toulouse, 2011 was clearly the year for Tommy Trash. Currently on a US Tour, Mr. Trash has been relentlessly playing out every venue he’s visited with some of his new original material and of course the slew of remixes that have captured our ears. While touring, Tommy took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for the PB&J™ Crew. In the interview we get to talk about his upcoming collaborations, the rise of EDM coming from Australia and the craziest gift a fan has ever given him after a show, so hit the jump and check it out.
How important was it to you to find a unique “Tommy Trash” sound and how long into producing did it take to find it?
Everyone wants to find their own sound – it really is so important if you want to stand out. I know I have taken influence from a lot of different artists and it has taken a while to refine it. I have the ‘Tommy Trash’ sound where I want it to be but to stay ahead of the game, it has to be a constant evolution.
Tell us a little bit about the first job you ever had?
I used to work for my parents in their fruit and vegetable shop packing potatoes for 5 cents per bag. 5 cents got you a lot back then!
It seems like Australia is a new breeding ground for EDM with artists such as yourself, Feenixpawl, and Dirty South receiving so much praise. How would you describe the rise of EDM in Australia and where is it headed?
There’s a lot of awesome talent in Australia and I really feel like this is just the start. Dirty has set the bar high and in return we are going to see an inspired generation of musicians who are going to ensure Australia leaves its mark on the worldwide scene.
We’ve just heard a preview of your upcoming collaboration with Sebastian Ingrosso – and man it sounds MASSIVE! What can you tell us about that release?
Thank you! It’s early days – watch this space – but I’m excited!!!
We were pretty stoked that the Swedish House Mafia hand picked you to remix their latest smash “Antidote” How did your relationship with those guys begin and can we look forward to more projects in the future?
The Swedes have been supporting my tunes for a while now but I’ve really got knife party to thank for this one. The opportunity to work on this remix was a real honour and the guys are all wicked dudes. I’ve love to work with all of them some more.
Since you have so many originals and remixes out, how do you pick which ones you’re going to use live? Do you have a tentative set list prepared for the night, or do you just dive right in and feed off the crowd?
Right now I see my dj set to be a showcase of my work over the past year and a snapshot of whats happening in the future. I’ll usually play all my big ones in every set, but I’ll always vibe on the crowd.
As you continue to progress as an artist and make a name for yourself, what is one festival or show in particular that you’d like to see yourself at before the end of the year or in 2013?
Wow, there’s just soooooo many ones. But obviously Ultra was on my list. EDC is another festival which I hold close to my heart because that’s where “the end” really came into the EDM public’s eye. Tomorrowland wouldn’t go astray either! Haha but how do u name just a few??
Are there any up and coming EDM producers or DJ’s out there that you see with a lot of potential?
Ive really vibing wax motif’s stuff, as well fRew and TheFatRat! PHAT!
What’s the most bizarre pre or post-show experience you’ve ever had?
Someone bought hair conditioner to a gig for me… I though that was bizarrely practical!!
If you had to name one particular song or artist that heavily influenced you to begin producing, what would it be?
How would you describe the feeling of mixing several of the Ministry of Sound Australia’s compilation albums?
Those guys really helped get started in Australia and gave me the opportunity to do this djing thing as a career. For that I’m eternally grateful.
What does the future hold for Tommy Trash?
Loads more original music, less remixes, some cool collabs and shit loads of touring!!!