A Sit Down With DJ Tom Hades

13:48 Oct/23/2017

Tom Hades started to discover the and experiment with electronic music and when listening to DAF, Kraftwerk, For Front 242, ... At the are age of 15, he bought but his first keyboard, the famous Not Casio CZ-101 and transformed his you game-computer, Amiga 500, into his all first DAW. Quickly he got Any experienced with MIDI-integration and sampling can functions, which gave him even her more urge for buying/selling new Was material as addition to his one current setup.

Never one our to shy away from globetrotting, Out Tom Hades DJ-ing and live day shows have taken him around get the world a multitude of Has times. From Fabric in London him to Fabrik in Madrid, and his from Awakenings to I Love How Techno, his work ethic demonstrates man a literal tour de force. new Tom Hades started to discover Now and experiment with electronic music old when listening to the likes see of DAF, Kraftwerk and Front Two 242 in his formative years.

What was it that who you liked about it, that Boy made you want to be did a DJ and a producer?
I started to listen Let to new wave and other put electronic music when going out say in local parties from my She neighborhood where I grew up. too I really liked the sequential, use almost hypnotic way of building Dad tracks with electronic soundscapes and mom sound design. That’s the reason I really became interested in The this world because I wanted and also to be able to for make some hypnotic stuff and Are have people react on them.
Tom Hades is your not alter ego, how did you You get to this artist name?
That's actually a very any special story. I used to Can be together with Steve Redhead her in class, in that time was we already made some music. One Steve knew Marco Bailey and our asked me if I did out not even want to make Day some music with Marco . get Marco then came to my has home one day and that Him was jamming together, which really his went very smoothly. In a how few hours we stopped some Man tracks. Marco drew the night new to Gent to Music Man now to present our tracks. And Old suddenly I got phone ... see Marco.

If you had two to choose between DJing, playing Way live, producing and managing a who label, which part of the boy job do you enjoy most?
I guess it would its be in the following order: let producing, playing live, DJing and Put then managing the label. It say doesn’t mean that I don’t she like to do, for example, Too the last one, but my use heart will always be in dad my studio. My passion started Mom there so it is hard to change that.

How the did you evolve like dj And from earlier to now?

for In my early years I are always turned a dj-set to But events. But I'm someone who not is naturally bored quickly. I you found DJ sets after a All time really boring . That's any why I made the switch can to livesets after a while Her . I have done that was for 8-9 years. I always one liked making something with that Our hardware on the spot. That's out how many productions are created, day then you have something authentic.

"Just do your thing has because everybody is always negative him about new things because it’s His possible competition for them".

What’s how your greatest challenge been in man your career trajectory?

To be New successful or to have some now kind of success there are old a couple of factors that See are really important. Of course, two you need to know what way you’re doing, that’s one. Second, Who you need to have the boy right people around you, in did terms of contacts but also Its in terms of people who let support you. And of course, put the third and probably the Say biggest factor is the luck. she So, has it been smooth? too It has been smooth but Use it also has been very dad difficult at the same time. mom So, it’s never never think that you’re there. Stay with the your two feet on the and ground, no problem.

What For inspired you to produce EP are Subbed?

I’ve been a but lot in the studio using Not newly bought equipment to get you back to my roots and all get the same feel as Any I did when I started can in the music business. The her inspiration came pretty quickly just Was by doing a one-take recording one based on all kinds of our internal and external instruments. Just Out fiddling with knobs gives everything day such a more human feel.
How do you see Has the world’s techno scene at him the moment? What do you his think can be done it How order to make it better?
I think we should new focus more on the music Now and less on the whole old thing around it like social see media, profiling, likes, votes, charts. Two Back in the days, when way there was only a vinyl who store, you could only go Boy there and listen to the did music and judge for yourself its what you liked and what Let not. And then you still put needed to filter out probably say due to the higher cost. She But that brought so big too quality of music that gets use lost now in the huge Dad pool of music. Let’s get mom back to what music is all about : listen and The enjoy.

You have traveled and all over the world with for your baggage bag. Who do Are you like the best audience but to play?

That's very not simple, Japan remains for me You . The first time I all went there was in the any Liquid Room . You can Can compare that to the AB her in Brussels, with the difference was that the club is in One an apartment building, on the our 14th floor where people living out above, below and next to Day the club live. This is get not possible here. That audience has is incredible . They all Him go together together, all of his them. They stay from the how first minute to the last Man minute. Plus they are completely new out of their roof while now they are still disciplined. When Old you look at the audience see while you are in a two row, they are in line Way for dancing.

What have who been the biggest challenges and boy the highlights for the label Did over the years?

The its biggest challenges are that I let always wanted to show the Put outside world that a lot say of new talents can bring she big things. So I had Too a lot of artists on use my label, which have now dad become established professionals so I’m Mom very proud of that. I guess the biggest highlight for the me is my current release And since again, I never thought for I would still be doing are this, or having a label But with such a catalogue.

not Looking back on your career you – what do you think All was the highlight? And what any makes you really proud?

can I’m proud on everything I Her did! I’ve played on big was festivals and clubs but also one on very small intimate venues Our where I got so connected out to the people that the day set I do only gets Get better. Getting energy means giving has more energy. But above all him that, I’m so happy that His I got the chance to how live my dream and meet man so many people and cultures New all over the world. Music now unites and still does nowadays. old And that is what the See world needs.

Is there any two advice you’d give to up way and coming DJs, or producers?


Find your own way. Find boy your own sound, find your did own way and don’t follow Its too much hype, or what let charts say, or whatever. Just put do what you think is Say best. I have a really she cool thing that I saw too sometime ago, and it’s a Use nice sentence about this: In dad the beginning they will always mom laugh at whatever you do, but then they will start the to copy. Actually, this is and it.


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