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Selected by international “future music” journal URB MAGAZINE as one club musics’ “NEXT 100” DJ TOM THUMP is receiving long deserved recognition for his joyful exploration, programming and presentation of all that has been worthwhile in creative club culture for most of the past 2 decades. As the music has grown and evolved , so has Mr. Thumpâs scope and vision…
Tom first got acclaim by Djing clubs, house parties and raves in LA and SF in the early 90s becoming a resident at Metro Jazz (with Mauricio Aviles, Franky Boissy and Julius Papp), Mushroom Jazz (Mark Farina, Rasta Qtip, DJ Iz) and Release in San Francisco. He has achieved a semi-cult status on the West Coast and around the world for his underground dancefloor jazz/hip hop/jazzy house/and atmospheric drum & bass mix tapes (and now CD’s ). Including his latest “Welcome to My Wobble”, “We Invented the Wobble”& “Star Soul Sweet”.
As one of the driving forces behind the legendary rare groove/nu jazz GROOVE MERCHANT RECORDS (of Ubiquity Records fame) , from 1995 to 2002 Tom honed his knowledge and his own brand of innovative, emotionally charged “left field” style.
In 2005 LA’s KINKYSWEET RECORDS released the incredible Neo-Soul/House Double CD Compilation “MIDNIGHT SOUL”
Compiled & Sequenced by TOM THUMP featuring innovative forward thinking music from artists such as: Roy Ayers with Erykah Badu/Mark Rae/Roy Davis Jr./Yam Who?/Fertile Ground/Greyboy/Crazy Penis/Fat Freddy’s Drop/Norah Jones/Kaskade/Mark de Clive Lowe/Only Child with Amp Fiddler/Faze Action and many others!
In late 2002 Cosmic Flux Musiq (Cosmicflux.com/releases); released PANATONE:warm . A compilation painstakingly selected and meticulously mixed by Tom Thump. Released on CD and Double Vinyl, PANATONE’s sensuous downtempo and uplifting soulful house and breaks persuaded British, American, and local bay area press to pen stellar review after stellar review of Tom’s debut offering.
From 2001 to 2005 Tom Thump has played alongside such incredible and popular artists Tricky, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Jazzanova, Wagonchrist (Luke Vibert), Roy Ayers, United Future Organisation, Norman Jay, Miguel “Migs”, Charles Webster, Femi Kuti, Gavin Smith (Mr. Bongo/Disorient Records), Truby Trio, Koop, John Beltran, Madrid de los Austrias, Dennis Ferrer, Nicola Conte, Turntables on the Hudson, Desmond Williams, Lamb, Alton Miller, Nu Spirit Helsinki, Jamiroquai, and Gilles Peterson.
Tours and one offs have included stops in LA, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Denver, Detroit, New York (Turntables on the Hudson, DJ Swingsett), Miami (Winter Music Conference), London (Tummy Touch Records Night & the Jazz Cafe), Budapest, Berlin , Freiburg, Basel, Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) and New Zealand (6 city tour).
Tom also works non stop promoting/and playing his own club events like Twice As Nice (4 years strong) , Playland, Mash It Up!, Budonkadonk , Sex/Money/Freaks, Othership Connection and other creative and fun underground party’s.