A quick word with…

Thomas Gandey

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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.

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