Sitting alongside some of EDM’s royalty, Germany’s super-producer TUJAMO has already shared the studio with the likes of Danny Avila, Jacob Plant, Laidback Luke and R&B superstar Taio Cruz. This year TUJAMO embarked on a tour of China with 10 shows across the new clubbing destination; an impressive feat making him one of the first international acts to tour the country for so long. But it doesn’t stop there, he’s played plenty more destinations from Berlin to Belgium, Liverpool to Los Angeles, Italy to Ibiza — and that’s all in the last 10 months.
DJ Mag caught up with the globetrotting DJ to talk about his 2017 so far: “I’ve been touring more than any year before. I really played a crazy amount of club and festival shows throughout the whole year, and released two singles in-between (‘Make U Love Me’ on Spinnin’ and ‘One On One’ on Universal). After playing for David Guetta at Ushuaia Ibiza he asked me to remix his single with Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne, followed by a request for his latest single with Justin Bieber — one of my all-time highlights!”
DJ style: “Bouncy house.”
Best known for: “Dirty bass sounds.”
What’s the next new big track? “Smie ‘Running Into You’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016: “Mike Williams.”
German electro-house DJ Tujamo originally rose to prominence with the chart hit ‘Who’ as Dr Who and his ‘Boneless’ collaboration with Steve Aoki, but the past 12 months have seen him earn his stripes as an international DJ. Among the festivals that he rated the most were Untold in Romania, Sunrise in Poland and Lollapalooza in Berlin. Like other big name electro-house and EDM DJs on this year’s top 100 list, Tujamo also name-checks the Bootshaus club in Cologne as one of his favourite nights. Despite this hectic schedule, he continued to release music and in 2016 put out a series of electro-house tracks for Dutch label Spinnin’ Records.
“Yes, it definitely was difficult to balance production with gigs but I feel I’ve got the hang of it by now. I was super-happy with all the music I released, and in the end that’s the most important thing” he tells DJ Mag.
Tujamo also plans to put out more music soon and hints that he wants “to try something different in the future”. When pushed on this subject, he claims: “I definitely want to start producing a new genre, something I always had on my bucket-list.”
What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“Keeping up my health during the crazy festival summer, and managing my studio days with my travel days.”
Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?
“I think with an industry this big, there’s enough seriousness and faith in electronic music, fur sure.”
What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“Personally, I just switched from FL Studio to Ableton (a completely new world). As for DJing, the new Pioneer DJM 900NXS2 mixer is amazing — serious next-level effects.”
If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be?
As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“The equivalent to my yearly tax statement, if it were for charity purposes!”
What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
“The only thing that helps prevent is to inform. I think it would be a great idea to gather funds from everyone involved in the scene to create a campaign that educates everyone who enjoys the music and wants to keep it alive.”
How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Being more open-minded, and to stop hating if producers try something new, so that they don’t have to restrain themselves or be afraid to push boundaries until they'll find something fresh.”
WORDS: RICHARD BROPHY