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Tommy Trash - Dirty Trash Talker

Author: Jane Stabler
Thursday, 20 March 2008
Tommy Trash has risen from small-time DJ to superstar in a very short time. 3D’s Jane Stabler chats to Tommy about his swift rise.

Australian electro DJ/producer Tommy Trash has been given some pretty large titles since smashing onto the scene in the biggest of ways in 2006 with his first tune Slide. Titles like “wonder musician” and “prodigy of Australia’s dance scene” in fact. With such high praise, the bar for his future projects seems to have been set equally high, and Tommy admits that all the accolades do freak him out.

“[It does] kind of freak me out a bit,” he admits of the impressive titles. “I feel a bit uncomfortable with it but it just kind of happens [and] I just go with the flow. I just think there are so many more talented people out there! I think I’m really lucky that I can do something that I love and make enough money out of it to pay the rent. I have to be making music every day of the week. Not to sound clichéd, but it’s an addiction.”

Tommy is more than just paying the rent with his chosen musical path. Signed to Ministry of Sound in 2006 and immediately featuring on the 2007 Annual, Tommy is now in demand as both a producer and DJ, very recently remixing Delta Goodrem’s last single Again. Not what you would expect from a MoS DJ at first glance, but when even Delta can end up as an electro tune, you’ve got to hand it to the man, he’s pretty good.

“[When] Sony called me and asked me to remix Delta, I laughed at them,” he admits. “They sent me the track; I heard the track for the first time and I thought something can really be done with this. I heard it without the mushy background and I put a beat behind it and I thought it would make a great pseudo electro track and it came together really quickly. The vocal is definitely very emotive and it’s a very well crafted song so it wasn’t actually that weird.”

Taking on Delta as an electro project also isn’t all that incomprehensible a concept when you consider that Tommy is known for making music that he likes regardless for the most part, of what others think. With the attitude of ‘if they like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t’, Tommy Trash is very much about focusing on doing what he does well.

“You can just never predict what’s going to please them and what’s not,” he considers of his many audiences. “I think sometimes it only really matters when you have something that you think everyone is going to love it and the first person you play it to tears it to bits, but I’ve gotten used to the concept that you’re never going to please everyone. It’s all out of your control so all you can do is make yourself happy and do the best job you can do.”

WHO: Tommy Trash
WHAT: Plays Onelove at Tank
WHEN: Saturday 29 march