ARTIST FOCUS: TOM TRAGO
Tom Trago has long been one of the leading lights of the Dutch electronic music underground; a globe trotting DJ, producer, live performer and label owner and a huge coup to have on The Island Of The Gods for his set at The Vault this Friday night!
Having firmly been accepted as being on the top of his game most recently he has spent many years perfecting his game. As a teenager, he spent his time in the studio by day blending elements of experimental hip-hop, jazz, Latin, Afrobeat, disco, boogie, and soul-flecked broken beat, before slowly developing a distinctively colourful, emotion-rich, synthesizer-fired style of music that also draws influence from house and techno. Then by night he would play his creations amongst other favorites in local coffee bars only dreaming of what was soon to become a reality.
His first big break came in 2006, when hometown label Rush Hour released his debut single, “Live With The BBQ”. In the years since, Tom has continued to turn out much-played, club-ready cuts, including such timeless jams as “Use Me Again (And Again)”, “Hidden Heart of Gold” and his hook-up with Seth Troxler as T&T Music Factory, “De Natte Cell.”
He has also released some critically acclaimed LP’s that really cemented his place at the top table including Voyage Direct (his record label of the same name followed in 2010), with the two sets that followed – Iris (2011) and The Light Fantastic (2013) – showing further signs of open-minded musical development. Most recently he has been working on Bergen, for the iconic Dekmantel.
Listen to his current work below:
His immersion in music may be total, but Tom Trago’s musical journey is far from complete. In fact, it’s only just begun…