The first artist from Kerala to be signed to a world famous dance music label, Greg Thomas knows how to make Silicon City dance to his techno beats. The southern electronic music scene is coming to the fore, and Tomaz, known for his deep progressive and melodic techno rhythms, shares the console with the world's top DJs such as Nick Warren. As he says, “My music has always wanted to tell a story”, we will delve into his story.
How did you get into DJing and how has your musical journey developed since then?
As a teenager, I was only interested in two things: cricket and music. With the latter, hip hop players caught my attention and I started making beats. Then and now my mentor was the Internet. I even had a small hip-hop group. After a while I came across a mix of underground electronic dance music legends like Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren. I instantly changed. It's funny how quick but easy the transition to progressive music was.
They believe in the power of energy. What energy do you want to convey to the audience through your music?
I have always wanted to tell a story with my music. The complete sonic journey. There will be an introduction, a plot twist with some melodramatic characters, and then an ending that will take time to recover from. A soundtrack that inspires the creative stories that every listener comes up with. At least that's the point.
If you could open up or collaborate with one artist, who would it be?
Brian Seed is a visionary producer/artist based in New York. I really want to know how his soul works because his music in general is something I can relate to. Whether you want to create, listen or play as an artist. I had the honor of opening for him when he toured India a few years ago and had the pleasure of listening and talking to him.
When it comes to making music, a lot of people avoid it because it's dangerous. Are you facing the same dilemma?
There is nothing else I would rather do. It's risky, but when you know it's the only thing you want to do, your only option is to choose. However, I must mention here that nothing is possible without real support and I have received a lot. I am very grateful for this.
Do you have any advice or recommendations for young DJs?
My advice to succeed in the DJing world: don't pick a sound and style because it's trending and everyone else is playing it, find your own sound that will make you famous, not a passing fad. Your uniqueness is what sets you apart from others. Take the time to find your voice.
What's next for you?
In the coming months I will be releasing new releases on various popular labels. In addition, I was busy creating and improving the quality of my music in my home studio. Fortunately, this happens because I have a few songs left that I am very proud of, because it is rare when I am so confident in my work that I am happy.
Greg Thomaz will perform for PHASE this Sunday, July 23rd at the Indiranagar Social in Bangalore.