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Poll 2021: Tom & Collins

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From: Mexico City
 
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “John Summit.”
 
 
Having burst into the Top 100 list just two years ago, Tom & Collins have managed to up the ante even in the face of a global pandemic over the past year. Already some of Latin America’s most beloved DJs, Juan Pable Escudero and Jorge Corral of Mexico last year launched their very own record label, Terms and Conditions, and in 2021 alone the label has put out a staggering amount of music (almost 50 releases and counting), including the increasingly vital series of compilations called ‘Hidden Jams’, featuring some of the finest up-and-coming talent from the Latin American tech-house scene.
 
On the road, the duo has been busy making up for the time lost over lockdown, splitting their time equally on either side of the Mexican/US border and visiting South American countries as they too open up after the big pause. Expect them to close out the year with the same enthusiastic gusto at their shows and another slew of impeccable party bangers from the label.

 
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
 
“It was a very unique feeling. We were a bit rusty and hadn’t tried out tracks in a long time. In the end, it was a great gig.”

 

How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
 
“It has definitely made us more aware of what we do, the amount of time we dedicate to each thing, and the impact of positive habits such as working out and meditation.”
 
 
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change? 
 
“If we spread awareness on the subject people can get involved locally, join organisations, and back up politicians that have climate change as a priority.”
 
 
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year? 
 
“Pioneer DJM-V10 mixer. The performance is crazy. So many new features on the effects.”
 
 
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
 
“‘Actual Life’ by Fred again.. Super emotional but still fun album that felt super fresh.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-12 10:31

Style: 
“House/tech-house.”
Best known for: 
“House music icons in Latin America.”
Tune of the year: 
“Melé 'Groove La Afrika’.”

Poll 2020: Tom & Collins

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Mexican duo Tom & Collins burst into the Top 100 DJs chart for the first time last year, and they’ve once again proven why they’re one of the region’s biggest acts. Hailing from Mexico City, Tom & Collins (real names Juan Pable Escudero and Jorge Corral) have made their mark with a pop-friendly mix of deep house and deep tech, garnering them millions of Spotify plays and remix work for TOKiMONSTA, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Gorgon City, Duke Dumont, and even Madonna. And before the pandemic pushed us all indoors, Tom & Collins could regularly be spotted at the likes of Ultra Music Festival, EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Tomorrowland Unite and Amsterdam Dance Event. 
 
But the biggest news of 2020 is their new label, Terms & Conditions. “We are releasing and supporting a different range of up-and-coming and established artists, as well as releasing our own productions,” they tell DJ Mag. “Our next release is a collaboration with Jem Cooke, best known for her tracks with Campelphat. And we also have some releases with Spinnin’ Deep and Musical Freedom.” 
 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
“Focusing [on] studio work, having healthy habits and working on our label, Terms & Conditions.”
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
“That it’s more than just music and partying, it’s a whole economy that depends on these leisure activities and should be included in the recovery plan.”
 
 
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
 
“Address it directly and call it out. Zero tolerance for any racist attitude, and strong promotion of a positive message, which has practical results.”
 
 
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
 
“Trying to work more with brands that constantly promote inclusivity is the first step. Throwing our own events under our brand Terms & Conditions will be the next step.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
 
“‘Around The World’ by Daft Punk.”

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 09:34

Style: 
“House/Tech-house.”
Best known for: 
“Most influential duo in Latin America."
Tune of the year: 
“‘Home’ by Adriatique.”

Poll 2019: Tom & Collins

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Tom & Collins are Mexican DJ/production duo Juan Pable Escudero and Jorge Corral, who’ve developed an accessible house sound drawing on deep and tech influences, which has proved hugely popular worldwide. Since breaking through via the Miller Soundclash in 2014 they’ve joined the global festival elite treadmill and this year alone have squeezed in appearances at “Tomorrowland, Ushuaïa Ibiza, RHA Festival, Beyond Wonderland, Sala Apolo (Barcelona), Live Festival Tulum, to name a few...” 

Production-wise, 2019 has been a successful year for Tom & Collins too. They turned in an ecstatic remix of Betty Who’s ‘Language’ and a re-rub of ‘Real Life’ from Duke Dumont too. With their own releases this year — ‘Sola’ on Mother Recordings, ‘Obsessed’ on Universal Music, ‘Bad Tattoo’, ’Real Life’ with Jesús Navarro and Elsa Elmar, and their cover of ’80s pop hit ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ featuring Japh — they’ve perfected their signature sound: crisp beats, rubbery basslines, huge vocal hooks and short, snappy arrangements. As the pair say: “We’ve worked hard in the studio this year; trying to balance touring and producing has been the main goal, as well as to never stop experimenting with music and the joy it brings to us to be able to play it for other people.” 

Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Not yet.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“Promote conversation and [artists] sharing their personal experiences, which ultimately will result in people opening up on mental health and more communication on these issues.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“Yes. We are music curators at a house club called Looloo in Mexico City and our residents always alternate genders.” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“We try to take eco-friendly flights, as well as limit our meat consumption. We also don’t own cars and try to use environmentally friendly transport. No one uses plastic on our rider as well.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

Jorge: “A pillow called Bubba.” JP: “Zelda.” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Chocolate, and Rosalía.” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 09:46

Style: 
“House/tech-house.”
Best known for: 
“Leaders of opinion in music culture in Mexico in Latin America.”
Tune of the year: 
“Pimpo Gama ‘Let’s Play It Again’ (Dirtybird).”