Deciding to pursue his dream of making music since the age of 15, Tom Trago has then gone on to great notoriety. The Amsterdam based producer has been releasing with Rush Hour sine 2006, with his third album ‘The Light Fantastic’ coming out last October. Throughout Trago’s career, he’s maintained a consistent sound whilst simultaneously displaying artistic development. Creative health is maintained by frequent collaborations, including projects with Bok Bok, Cinnaman and Tyree Cooper. Trago also runs his own record label and club night entitled Voyage Direct, where the artist showcases local music and presents producers with a platform to showcase their abilities. With regular support from piers and more exoteric publications such as the Guardian, Trago maintains his underground clout and crossover appeal. Early influences and experimentations with Afro-beat and Jazz come as no surprise judging from Tom’s adeptness as a DJ and producer.
Ahead of his performance alongside Hunee and San Proper at One Day Festival 21st June we managed to catch up with Tom to present his favourite videos from the visual void that is YouTube. As expected the selection includes a brilliantly diverse range of music, including summer nostalgia, Panorama Bar memories and a majestic performance from a brass band in a tunnel.
Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4 Part 1 of 6
The first part of a legendary composition. A MUST for every electronic music lover
William Kouam Djoko – We Are Your Brothers & Sisters (Maxi Mill Lucid Dream Mix)
This one is by my good friend and studio partner Maxi Mill and was released on my label Voyage Direct, what a blizz.
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes (Short film by Kahlil Joseph)
Still one of my favourite videoclips, I love the way its done.
Endlos – Endlos
Stay with me now, ENDLESS! ENDLOS
The Mole People (Armand Van Helden) – Break Night
This record always gives me the perfect summer feeling.
Portable – Find Me
Perlon classic, reminds me of long nights in Panorama Bar
Sumy – Soul With Milk (Tom Trago Edit)
Found this in my record bag last week, played it and it went off. I love sumy, its that Surinam Disco music. Yes!
Rolling Stones – Heaven
Who said they didnt like the Rolling Stones!? Check this
Morris Brown Band vs Tenn St. Band at the first Honda BOTB 2003
Taking OFF! This performance still gives me thrills everytime i watch it. BOOOOOM
Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
I saw this piece performed, live at Lowlands Festival last year, it blew my mind. I always listen to it if I cant sleep, it makes me feel very at ease.
Tom Trago will play at One Day festival on June 21st. Purchase your tickets here