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Tommy Trash in an exclusive interview discussing his 'Inspired' compilation

Acclaimed DJ and producer, Tommy Trash just recently announced that he will be kicking-off a brand new compilation series from Ministry of Sound, titled Inspired, set to be released March 16. Featuring two discs packed with the artist's personal inspirations from past and present day, the compilation will also include an assortment of Tommy’s original tracks, bootlegs, and new single titled, “Freshwater” which will be featured on the second disc.

No Sugar Added Festival
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Boasting a plethora of classics from: deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Steve Angello, Empire of the Sun, Digitalis, Vitalic, Tiga, Duke Dumont and many more, the compilation will be the perfect addition to any dance music enthusiast’s collection.

Shortly thereafter, Tommy will be bringing his iconic ‘Trashed’ parties to Miami’s Music Week with back-to-back performances at Set Nightclub Thursday March 27 and at Nikki Beach Friday March 28 for the No Sugar Added Beach Festival. Boasting an impeccable lineup that will include: Audien, Bingo Players, Chris Lake, Clockwork, Dyro, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and many more, fans will not want to miss out on these exclusive performances as Miami gets ‘Trashed.’

National Electronic Dance Music Examiner recently had the honor of speaking with the artist about his upcoming compilation which will be released March 16. Please see below what transpired with the artist speaking about how the compilation came to be. For music, tickets, event, or tour information, please visit the corresponding links below.

Fans can check-out an audio stream of the exclusive interview at the author’s webpage here. | Twitter @EDMunplugged.

TOMMY TRASH:

TRASHED at Set Nightclub:

  • Date: Thursday, March 27
  • Venue: Set Nightclub
  • Address: 320 Lincoln Road; Miami Beach, Florida
  • Time: 11:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $40 plus fees
  • TICKETS!

TRASHED at Nikki Beach:

  • Date: Friday, March 28
  • Venue: Nikki Beach – No Sugar Added Festival
  • Address: 1 Ocean Drive; Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Time: 11:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $35-90 plus fees
  • TICKETS!

Tommy Trash – Inspired

Tracklisting for CD 1:

  1. Junior Jack - Thrill Me
  2. Eric Prydz & Steve Angello - Woz Not Woz (Dub Mix)
  3. Coburn - We Interrupt This Program (Interrupted Vocal Mix)
  4. Chicken Lips - He Not In
  5. Tomas Andersson - Washing Up (Tiga Remix)
  6. Les Rythmes Digitales - Jacques Your Body (Club Mix)
  7. Freeform Five - Perspex Sex (Ewan’s Hi-NRG Remix)
  8. Alter Ego – Rocker
  9. Radioclit - Divine Gosa (Switch Remix)
  10. Digitalism - Zdarlight
  11. Booka Shade - In White Rooms
  12. deadmau5 - Arguru
  13. Vitalic - La Rock
  14. Gui Boratto - Beautiful Life

Tracklising of CD 2:

  1. Tommy Trash - Cascade vs The End (Tommy Trash Exclusive Bootleg)
  2. Deniz Koyu vs Duke Dumont - Rage 100% (Bootleg)
  3. Eric Pryda - F.A.T.
  4. Dave Spoon - At Night (Tom Staar Remix)
  5. Tommy Trash - Freshwater (Exclusive Inspired Edit)
  6. Cubic Zirconia - Darko (Tommy Trash Remix)
  7. Dada Life vs DJ Bam Bam - Kick Out The Barbaric Motherfucker (Tommy Trash Exclusive Mashup)
  8. Armand Van Helden - I Know A Place
  9. Tommy Trash - Fuckwind
  10. Dave Winnel - Achtung!
  11. The Aston Shuffle vs Tommy Trash - Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost) (Tommy Trash Version)
  12. Jeremy Olander - Let Me Feel
  13. Empire Of The Sun & Tommy Trash - Celebrate (Tommy Trash Club Remix)
  14. Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash & John Martin - Reload (Vocal Extended Version)
  15. Monkey Safari - Coming Down (Hi-Life)

Hey...How's it going?

I'm great. How are you?

I'm fantastic. So I really love your compilations. They're fantastic.

Thank you.

So, I have some questions for you. I'm really super excited to talk to you about them. What made you choose the particular tracks that you chose to be featured on them?

Um, well I guess like most discs have a different sort of concept behind them. This one is obviously the older tracks and the ones that sort of inspired me in the early days to do the s--- that I've been playing now and what-not. But you know with each disc, there was definitely a process. And, you know, Disc 1, uh, I sort of put a list of tunes together and I just knew that I was missing like a lot of key tunes. I just knew it. So, I called, up my mates who are both DJs, Tom Glover and Habibi. They're both from, from Australia.

Mm hmm. Mm hmm.

And they were guys that were deejaying at the time –you know, when I was just sort of on the dance floor as a fan, you know. So I just said, 'I need some help with this comp because like I don't remember the names of some of these tunes.

Oh my god! Yea seriously!

So we had these like massive...sessions, you know.... "Do you remember this song?" And I'm like, 'Oh my god! I love this song!'

That's the best though.

So we put together about a couple hundred tunes. And then I started to narrow it down.... like I prioritized the tunes...some are like priority A, some are like priority B, some are like priority C...And, um, and then I had my list of A tunes and I had the mix, basically I had the mix done.

Uh huh.

And then you have to like clear some of the tunes. And then some of those tunes didn't get cleared because of licensing problems.

Oh no!

[so I had to] Like get back in, get back into the list and choose other songs.Yeah and then that's how we eventually got down to the 16 tunes. And the second disc was a little bit more straight forward. I can't say that it was strait forward actually, it was like a licensing nightmare...You know, that's why I like I wanted to put my La-di-Da-di mix on there, but I couldn't even get my own f--g remix cleared.

Get out of here! That's crazy!

S--- right? So, like, uh, I’m super happy with both discs. They both accurately represent what they're supposed to represent, you know.

Yeah, I mean they're, they're, they're both really, really good. I mean I've been jamming to them. They're really good. Is there any one track that you were like super partial to that you just knew you had to include like when you were thinking about it?

Vitallic La Rock.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, that one's a good one.

That’s my jam. I love it so much.

Is there a story behind it or anything or just...?

I was in this shop, I mean I first heard it when I was on a holiday....and I was in this shop with my girlfriend at the time, and like there's this mixed CD playing and like, we're just like, "We're not hanging out in this store listening to this mixed CD right now... This is the fucking bomb, So then all of a sudden La Rock came on and I was like all right, all right, 'What the fuck is this mixed CD?' so I went up and asked them. You know, So, I'm like holy s---. That was the first time I heard La Rock. And then, um, and then I went and downloaded the mix and like listened to it for two years.

Wow. That's great.

Yeah so that's the first time I heard La Rock. And then that summer because....and then like all through the summer, all through the festivals, I mean like, you know, people were like dropping this song. It was like the fucking highlight of my summer really.

Yeah, yeah.

And to be honest, I don't have a lot of songs. There's not a lot of songs that have that not a lot of songs that effect on me over the years.

It's true yeah.

It's like, it's a real standout number.

Yeah. It's great when music can just take you back to a moment. You know what I mean? It's great.

ohh

I know. I know. I'm with you.

This whole compilation thing like, like a time, like being like going back in time.

I, it's a, yeah, yeah I love it. It's great. Um, and so who, if there's anybody in particular who had the most impact on you becoming like the artist you are today? Is there anybody in particular?

Uh...

Sorry did I stump you?

You kind of stumped me a little bit. Um, because there's so many important people.

I know right? It's hard to narrow it down.

But if I had to say, if I had to narrow down to one person, one person out of everyone –

Yeah.

– it'd have to be this guy called Andrew Jackson who at the time he was A&R for Ministry of Sound in Australia and he was the guy that signed me. You know what I mean?

Really!?

Signed my first record and sort of believed in me and saw something in me that I guess no one else saw. You know, so how do you top that?

I know.

You know what I mean? I mean I could say my parents. I could say my piano teacher.

Aww.

I could say my other teacher.

That's sweet.

I mean, there's just so many people, but I mean he was the person that helped me turn this into a reality.

Yeah. When did you realize that? When did that 'a-ha!' moment [occur]...like is there like a specific moment where you can remember you were like, 'Holy crap I made it?'

I'm still trying to make it.

[laughs] That's not true! Dude, you're huge! Um, so aside from these compilations like are there any other projects that are coming up in 2014? What do you have planned for the rest of the year 'cause we're just starting the year almost?

....i've got about 26 tunes that I'm working on at the moment.

Oh nice.

And it's like a variety of like club stuff, vocals, vocal radio stuff just like some nice collabs in there as well.

Yeah.

So I'm just kind of like, you know, getting a lot of these tunes finished as they can be and we'll make the call from there. But I mean there's gonna be a lot of music releases this year. Like we're aiming to do sort of one release a month from April.

Wow! That's exciting!

My first release of the year is coming out on Spinnin' and um, it's with a friend of mine called Kiligram, who's an extremely talented young producer and we've been working on this tune for about, uh, a year and a half but it's finally coming out.

Awesome.

And, um, yeah it's coming out in April. And then from there, I've got something coming out on Bingo Players' label.

Wow.

And then yeah like I said one a month.

That's awesome.

Yea, there's lots of irons in the fire.

Awesome. Um, so like what do you think has help you really earn the respect from so many distinguished artists like over time? .... Like is there anything in particular you think that has helped you?

I make a lot of different kind of music for starters. I think 'cause like fuck with different crowds in a way like I'll have some releases on Fool's Gold, but then I'll go and do like a commercial release on Ministry of Sound or I'll go do something with Sebastian Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia...At the same time I just do what I do. I'm not trying to copy anyone else, and I think that resonates with people a lot.

For sure.

It sounds like a really simple concept, and it might sound a little bit cliché or whatnot. But people really resonate with someone who's just doing what they do and not trying to copy anyone else.

That's true and being genuine yeah.

I think that,, I think that's the key. And, you know, I'm not I'm not super young either. You know, like I've been making music a long time.

Exactly.

And, and, I mean I think these guys kind of appreciate that as well. Like –

For sure.

It's not like an overnight thing from one song. There's like a history there with a lot of releases. And I think that helps as well, you know.

Sure. Absolutely. So I don't want to take too much of your time. So, this will be my last question. Are there any goals that you have for yourself in the future or any aspirations that you like still want to achieve? Is there anything on your list where you're like, 'I wanna do this,' and you haven't done it yet?

I mean, of course, you know, I'm only just getting started. But, I mean, of course you know, I want to be able to headline Coachella. I want to be able to headline Tomorrowland. You know stuff like ....I wanna have No. 1 records worldwide. You know, like, all of that stuff is on my to-do list. You know, like, you know, do the shopping...headline Coachella, you know...If you saw a screen shot of my 'to-do' list..you would probably like..."

[Laughs] Well I, I have a bucket list too so yeah, yeah, that's awesome.

You have to. You know the minute, the minute you stop dreaming – It's a sad day so –

Exactly. Keeps you going.

I don't think I'll ever be, I don't think I'll ever be satisfied. And, and, I don't know if that's healthy or not.

No, I mean I, I think that's also a good thing 'cause it keeps you, you know, it gives you always something to strive for really. Keeps you going.

Yeah.

So, well I'm sure you'll get there. I'm a super fan of everything that you do. And I'm really honored to have the opportunity to talk to you about your music. and I, I don't know if you're going to the Winter Music conference, but I'll be there. And I'm gonna try to catch you at Lavo in a couple weeks too.

Yeah come to Lavo

Yeah for sure. I'll totally be there…Uh, you're a best. You're so cool. All right. But I really appreciate it and best of luck to you and I’ll see you ...soon.

Thank you.

All right bye. Bye take care.

You too.

Okay bye.