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Tom Swoon
Tom Swoon

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 10:40

Progressive House - House
Best known for: 
Tom Swoon, Lush & Simon – ‘Ahead Of Us’
Tune of the year: 
Tiësto, KSHMR feat. Vassy - Secrets
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
I would say reading the crowd, and playing for the people that came down to have a good time!
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
Only time can tell. But dance music is definitely evolving.
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
I am grateful to being able to play my own music around the world. With over 100 shows this year I've been away from home every weekend and it really builds up and is trying. I do sleep on all my flights which helps!
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
Freedom in all its forms and shapes!
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
I’m pretty young so most of the clubs I've grown up with are still running.
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
I think it's simply a question of numbers. There are many more men doing this than women and therefore it is not proportional in this sense. It's great to see however that more woman are present in the list each year.
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
I spend a lot of time to produce my own music and in the end this works for me.

Tom Swoon only discovered Deadmau5 and Daft Punk around five years ago but his early efforts at unofficial remixes soon led to his bootleg of David Guetta & Avicii vs. Laidback Luke 'Till Sunshine' achieving around 15 million views on YouTube.

The official remixes, original tracks and massive tours that swiftly followed mean that the 22 year old is now firmly established in his own right, as his showing in this year's Top 100 poll confirms. "I sincerely feel that Bootlegs have lost a bit of the magic they had when I started... but a good bootleg always gets plays and therefore I still think it is a great tool to get noticed," Tom tells us.

"I've really had the opportunity to travel to many new countries this year and see different people, experience different cultures and simply appreciate how amazing this world truly is," Tom enthuses, and shares this tip for any aspiring promoter who wants to book him: "If a promoter takes me out for Sushi I am the happiest guy in the world!"

Next year looks set to be even busier as Tom explains: "I've been working on a lot of new music and collaborations. I am aware that a lot of touring is already in place for next year and some very special festival plays are on their way! Really excited about 2016!"