You’d be hard pressed to find someone who understands the nuts and bolts of modern dance music better than the creatively alliterate Tommy Trash. One of his talents is clairvoyance resulting from a proclivity to stand outside of the inner circle of the dance music elite rather than spin around the center. This separation provides a better vantage point for interpreting the often shifty and confusing pieces of the EDM puzzle and makes him somewhat of a sage with a hot streak.
Tommy can land massive collabs and official remixes with top dogs like Kill The Noise, Henry Fong, Burns, Wax Motif, and Deadmau5. His most recent release, “Wake the Giant” featuring JHART, is a Big Room smashfest, and proves he has his finger securely on the pulse of what makes people go nuts on the dancefloor.
His outsider status also allows him to advocate for righteous causes when other more notable DJs choose to remain silent. Recently, he called out Ten Walls for his Homophobic remarks he posted on his Facebook page, and the Dance community rallied to Tommy’s side. In an interview with Beatport during this year’s Spring Awakening Festival, Tommy commented on how backwards that kind of thinking is.
“I mean, what year are we in?” he said. “This is a scene that was started predominantly in the Gay community, and for him to have those views is fucking whack.”
Tommy is always ready to capitalize on opportunities, but they don’t come without sacrifice. I’d imagine the hardest thing for an Australian DJ to do is move to Los Angeles. What DJ doesn’t have a heartwarming story about how mom or dad reluctantly nurtured a developing passion for dance music production and DJing. Moving to the other side of the world precludes a very spartan visitation schedule. Tommy Trash made this move over 3 and half years ago, and now resides in the epicenter of EDM in America. But Australia loves dance music and hosts some of the best festivals on the planet. When you’re a world famous Australian DJ, you won’t be at a loss for chances to see the folks again.
But who knows, maybe “Trashing” Los Angeles is just the kind of catharsis needed to cure an incurable homesickness. The dance music scene in LA is really tight, though, and he’s sure to see friends that will make him feel right at home again.
Tommy Trash plays at Exchange LA Friday, July 10th.