Dekmantel postcast #082
Playing for Dekmantel is always more than a pleasure. Their festival, which took place last weekend, is most definitely my highlight of the year. When they asked me to be part of their very rich podcast series, I obviously gave it all I got. So, here you have it. Hope you enjoy Dekmantel's podcast #082!
Red Bull Studios Paris session
Earlier this year Red Bull studios Paris invited me to do a one week residency at their studios. The outcome is a four track EP.
You can listen to the EP on Soundcloud. Hope you enjoy it!
2016 is well on its way, but the festival season is still to come. Starting off at one of my favourite festivals in my home country is Lente Kabinet on the 28th of May. The boutique festival is organized by the Dekmantel crew and always attracts a great crowd. From here on things will start rolling quickly. With Bestival Toronto, Lovebox London, Melt! Germany and Dekmantel Festival, to nam a few, on my agenda I can only have high anticipations of this festival season. For the full listing, please check out my agenda here .
New Order remix Tutti Frutti
Doing a remix for the legendary New Order was something very honourable for me.
Next to Hot Chip, Richy Ahmed and Hallo Halo I was asked to do a remix of the Tutti Frutti track. Which ended in a ten minute long Crazy Days Remix of my hand.
You can listen to my take on Tutti Frutti here. Hope you like it.
North America incoming
All I need to end 2015 in a smooth and perfect way is some North America.
Good thing I'll be doing five shows in two weeks and a very good thing I'm looking more forward to this than a 5 year old to Christmas. Chicago, Toronto, New York City, San Francisco and L.A. are all penned down in my agenda.
If you want to keep up with the latest news, make sure to check my Facebook page for everything worth sharing.
Brutal Romance Release
In the summer of 2015 Dekmantel released four limited vinyl EP's in anticipation of their annual festival. One of the EP's holds Tom's track Brutal Romance which was exclusively premiered by Mixmag on Soundcloud. You can listen to the track right here.
Want to buy the limited EP? You can do this here
Or are you more a digital lover? Then you can go here
Double Down Tour
From the end of October till the beginning of December Tom will go Double Down with the following artists in a European city near you: San Proper, Ben UFO, Tama Sumo, Jus Ed, Awanto 3, Maxi Mill, Cinnaman, Jackmaster, William Kouam Djoko and Young Marco.
All happening in: Milano, London, Warsaw, Arnhem, Paris, Southhampton, Den Bosch, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Studio 80, Edinburgh, Glasgow
Seth Troxler x Tom Trago = T&T Music Factory
During the very last party at Trouw (rip), which lasted three days, Seth Troxler and Trago spent most of their time in the now infamous 'Natte Cel', where they both played sets as well. The Natte Cel was the area of the club that only opened during the last days of Trouw. This particular spot inspired them both to make a tack, which they recorded right after the three day bender.
The outcome is a track simply called 'De Natte Cel' and is featured on Troxler's latest DJ Kicks mix cd. Want to hear what De Natte Cel sounds like? Just click here.
Summer is coming!
Which means a shitload of festivals coming as well. Here's a couple of them where you can catch me: Amsterdam Open Air with a Voyage Direct stage Saturday June 6th / Hide Out in Croatia on the 29th of June / Farr Festival in London on the 17th of July / Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam on the 1st of August / Bestival on The Isle of Wight on the 12th of September. For all Trago's festival dates check out his
North America Tour - May 2015
Another North America tour coming up for Trago. Starting May 13th in Boston and ending about two weeks later in Detroit. Trago is really excited to visit some of his favorite spots, like Verboten in New York, again. But also see some new places, meet new people and play new clubs in the US and Canada. If you want to keep track of his tour, make sure to check his Facebook page for news and updates.
Voyage Direct Compilation - First Mission
The first Voyage Direct compilation is a fact! To celebrate the release of First Mission, and to show you how sexy house music should be, William Kouam Djoko got naked for WeTransfer. Take your clothes off and download the free album mix made by 'Api Api' Aardvarck
New Voyage Direct release comes from Trago himself
After a prolonged absence, Tom Trago returns to the Voyage Direct label with his first solo single since 2013 – an expansive trip into intergalactic deep house territory that ranks as one of his most emotionally charged moments to date. Listen to 'Hidden Heart of Gold' here.
For all you vinyl junkies, you can get a copy over at Rush Hourt. Prefer a digital version? Here's the link to Beatport
Voyage Direct: First Mission Europe Tour 2015
Get ready for a Voyage Direct filled spring! Tom Trage and the VD crew are taking over Europe with some fine-ass shows in cities like: Moscow, Lyon, Glasgow, Amsterdam, London, Munich and Groningen. Here's a little glimpse of how the crew is getting ready for all these shows.
Awanto 3, Benny Rodrigues, Boris Werner, Dexter, Elias Mazian, Interstellar Funk, Legowelt, Makam, Magnesii, Maxi Mill, Overlast and William Kouam Djoko are all involved next to Trago.
Trouw Tribute LP
As the years of Trouw went by, there was always a heartfelt wish to make a compilation of tracks dedicated to the club itself. This dream has come true this year (2014), when we made a limited edition vinyl pack for the exclusive Trouw Box containing a collection of exclusive material made by our very own residents and close friends especially for us.
With only a day to go before the deadline, Tom Trago walked into the club and recorded as much quirky and typical sounds of the building he could find. Including the hydraulic hoist, talks with our chef Simo and the frontdoor bell whilst the kick drum of Resistance (Daytime) was made entirely from the sound of closing fridge doors. His Herbert-like approach shows a suprisingly dreamy and romantic side of Tom, nevertheless supported by a killer bass line. The Trago train never stops running. Listen to Resistance right here.
On the Trouw Tribute LP you'll find tracks by Melon, Nuno dos Santos, Job Jobse, Barnt, David Hasert, San Proper, Tom Trago, Tuff City Kids and Makam.
DIRECT ALBUM DOWNLOAD
The direct download of 'The Light Fantastic' includes high res 320 mp3s of all the album tracks and comes with an exclusive album mix by the man himself. Get it now directly for only €6,99.
USA FALL 2014 TOUR
The 24th of October Tom will head out to New York City for a two week USA tour. After NYC he's off to hit Miami, Washington DC and Philadelphia on the East Coast, San Francisco and San Diego on the West Coast to end the tour in Chicago on Saturday the 8th of November. Keep updated about Trago's USA FALL 2014 TOUR on his Facebook
New Music For Found Footage
From August till November 2014 TrouwAmsterdam & CineSonic present a new series of four events dedicated to found footage cinema and live electronic music: New Music for Found Footage. The first edition will take place on August 28 with Tom Trago performing a new original score to a selection of short films from the EYE archive
Wulf N Bear - Raptures of the Deep (Remix)
Here's the remix Tom did for the 20:20 Vision 20 year anniversary compilation. It's the 1995 house classic 'Raptures of the Deep' by Wulf N Bear. Get your digital copy here at Beatport. Or listen to it at Tom's Soundcloud first.
Clip for 'The Elite'
The video for 'The Elite' is a trip according to Thump. The track that has been on heavy rotation in Trago's sets, and other dj's too, finally has a visual feeling too. And it brings us back to the early nineties warehouse rave fests. The video was made by Born and Borgesuis an Amsterdam based duo focused on engaging audio-visual creations and photography. The Elite can be found on Trago's latest album 'The Light Fantastic' which was released in the autumn of 2013 on Rush Hour.
Tiga vs Audion 'Fever' Remix
The first half of 2014 has seen a lot of remixes coming from Tom Trago. Next to his Erol Alkan and Freeform Five remixes comes this one for Tiga vs Audion. Trago's remix for the track 'Fever' slowly builds up to a club banger in the middle of the track, where it's taken back to a relaxed ending. Just like an actual fever. Want to buy a copy? Go over to Boomkat for instance.
Erol Alkan 'A Hold On Love - Tokyo Mix'
Right after finishing his third album Trago took on some remix work. Like his Tokyo Mix for Erol Alkan's 'A Hold On Love'
FACT Magazine about the mix: Rush Hour house maven Tom Trago has taken the starry ‘A Hold on Love’ for a ride, adding some heft to the track on his 'Tokyo Mix'. Get your copy over at Beatport
Freeform Five Remix
Tom recently did a remix for the Freeform Five track 'Leviathan' featuring vocals by the ever charming Róisin Murphy. There's two versions to be found, the normal remix and the dub version.
'Leviathan' is out on Eskimo Records and you can order your copy here: http://bit.ly/LeviathanVinyl
You can listen to the track on Soundcloud as well: http://bit.ly/1iUAd56
The Light Fantastic North America DJ Tour
It's almost time for Tom's biggest USA tour to date. From March 6th until April 12th he will tour the US with his 'The Light Fantastic North America DJ Tour', including gigs at SXSW in Austin and WMC in Miami. But expect Tom to go cross country during these 7 weeks and play all around the continent as well. His record bags are already filled with some great oldies but definitely with some new house records too, including his upcoming remixes for Erol Alkan and Tiga a.o. All of them carefully hand picked of course. Check the dates here
THE CARTER BROS REMIX
Producing an album wasn't the only studio work Tom Trago did this year. He also remixed some tracks. Like The Carter Bros' 'Loving You Is Easy' on Tsuba for instance.
Vinyl junkies can order over at Rush Hour: http://bit.ly/1g2hLsm
Digital lovers go to Beatport: http://btprt.dj/1ciYQGe
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC - out now
Tom Trago's third album 'The Light Fanstastic' is being released today, October 21st. The album features ten tracks and includes collaborations with artists such as Ben Westbeech, Cinnaman, San Proper and Steffi. The album is available as gatefold 2xlp, cd and digital download.
Back in 2009, his debut album, 'Voyage Direct', impressed with its warm, disco-centric blends of full-throttle deep house and boogie-influenced synthesizer funk. He cast his net wider on 2011’s 'Iris', choosing to work with a wide variety of international collaborators on an album that laid bare his myriad of musical influences. On the Light Fantastic, he’s decided to “step back to move forwards” with a warm, involving set that puts the simple pleasures of the best dancefloor moments at its heart. “I tried to go a bit back towards the style I was doing on Voyage Direct, so dancefloor beats with deeper impact,” Trago admits. “I was trying to male tracks that work on the dancefloor, but also move your heart.”
Welcome to The Light Fantastic. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the trip.
From October 2013 on Tom will be touring around Europe with his new album 'The Light Fantastic'. His new live show has been prepared for and ready and the special visuals for the tour are coming along to enhance the show. This tour will bring Tom to places he's never been before, which makes it extra special and exciting. If you live outside of Europe, please keep an eye on Tom's 2014 agenda as the tour will continue in the new year. Check out Tom's current schedule here
BBC RADIO 1 EXCLUSIVE MIX
BBC Radio 1 asked Tom to do an exclusive 30 minute mix for their radio show on Thursday night. The mix consists of tracks by Tony G, Awanto 3, Je Davu and unreleased tracks by himself and tracks from the upcoming album 'The Light Fantastic' You can listen to the mix here now.
To find peace to work on his new album, Tom had to escape the hectic city life of Amsterdam. So he rented a house in the woods for a month and got to work. The period was a lot of fun for him since he had time and space to work with some great people. In the end the album now features Breach, Makam, San Proper and Steffi amongst others. Tom titled the album 'The Light Fantastic' and it will be available on vinyl, cd and as a digital download on Monday October 21st. You can listen to the snippets of the album here. Enjoy!
TRUE FRIENDS VIDEO
This summer the video for 'True Friends' was shot, a track taken from Tom's new album 'The Light Fantastic'. The shoot took the whole night, from sunrise till sunset and it has a bunch of Tom's friends featured in it. You can see the result here
JACQUES RENAULT REMIX
For those who might have missed this; Tom did a remix for his good friend Jacques Renault on his Let's Play House label recently. The track is called 'Back To You'. Go tribal! Listen to it here