A quick word with…
Ahead of his date at audio tonic on January 30, and his EP release party, we caught up with ex-Cagedbaby producer, musical genius and all round good guy Thomas Gandey
Welcome back to Dubai, 2014 was a good year for you with big releases and also working on the War of the Worlds, not many other Djs can boast that I’m sure – how was it? And how did it come about?
Thanks, such a pleasure to be coming back to Dubai, always a massive highlight for me on my calendar. We have a joke in my house I’m the most diverse producer around, I engineered and co produced ‘The War of the Worlds - New Generation’ album in 2012, it was a re-record of the 1978 disco classic with a new cast and all new parts. We have just finished a 20 date Arena tour in the UK. I was playing keyboards on the tour, it was incredible to be part of such a massive production and of an album loved by millions. Quite an experience.
Is this where you’d like to end up musically? Does it bend your mind a bit that you can be working on a musical like that one day and playing a sweaty after hours rave the next?
I have worked on a couple of dance musicals, a couple of years ago I co-wrote and produced an album with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim called ‘Here Lies Love,’ a tale of the Phillipino first Lady Imelda Marcos. It won some awards this year and is playing off Broadway and in London at the moment. It’s just another string to my bow really. My heart lies in dance floor music and performing but my classical background has allowed me to venture beyond the borders of standard dance music.
You’re releasing on audio tonic Records, how did the collaboration come about?
Raxon the label manager and I met in Sonar in Barcelona as we both release with the amazing Sincopat Label based out of Valenica. I have been a fan of audio tonic for a while and have always loved 360 as a location and venue when I am in Dubai and have been toa few audio tonic parties in the past. We got talking and kept in touch
and the opportunity cane up for a date and we decided to make some music for the label to go with the show. I’m super-happy with the new release and it will get its premiere at the gig.
And what does the track/EP sound like, any influences?
I’ve been working with labels I admire this past year like Desolat, Planet E, OFF, Get Physical, Suara and Sincopat. I have a sound which rings through all of those but I really like the SpanishDeep Tech sound that’s been killing it for me lately and I work with artists like German Brigante, Affkt and Darlyn Vyls a lot. This new track is on that tip, groove based sleazy, deep tech house with latin grooves but with my vocal and keyboard licks all over it. I’m super proud of it.
Audio tonic feat. Thomas Gandey, Friday January 30, 4pm-3am.