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Position: 
95

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 15:42

Style: 
Electro Bounce
Best known for: 
’Boneless’ and ‘Booty Bounce’
Tune of the year: 
Mord Fustang ‘Taito’
From: 
Germany
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
Jauz
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
I think the most important thing is to be able to read and understand the crowd. If they like it and I like it, then we’ll have a great time!
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
Every year I’m like okay, we’re on the peak now, from now on it’s just downhill. But it hasn’t stopped yet, it is just getting bigger and bigger.
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
Traveling is super-exhausting and can really take a lot of your strength. At the same time, however, it does inspire me a lot as well. Most of my ideas I create are on tour.
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
Something I’d really like to change is the war in the world and the results of it, seeing so many people flee their countries, because they are hunted for their religion or something else.
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
There was this amazing club in Germany called Cocoon in Frankfurt. It closed down before I had the chance to play there.
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
I wish there would be more famous women behind the decks and in the studio. I’m a huge Nora En Pure fan, she's amazing.
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
Not a big fan. I feel like, if I’m a fan of someone for his music and his concerts, to then find out later it’s not his or her own stuff, I would be really disappointed.

Tujamo has the rare distinction of actually having commercial chart success with his productions in the UK, Germany and Holland, something not a lot of dance artists can say. DJing since 2006, Tujamo — real name Matthias Richter — got his break by winning a DJ competition, which then saw him cut his teeth as resident DJ at Schuttorf club, Index. 

But it was his chart-topping success with sleeper hit ‘Dr Who’ – which grew from a Miami Winter Music Conference hit in 2012 to a chart-topping hit in 2014 — alongside Plastic Funk, and featuring grime vocals from Sneakbo, that saw Tujamo thrust into the collective consciousness of the European charts.

With remixes for the likes of Deadmau5, Jack U and Bob Sinclar, releases on Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records, and Dutch goliath Spinnin’ Records, and collaborations with veterans like Chris Lake, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke, Tujamo’s skills and versatility are clearly in high demand. The German is just as at-home putting grime raps over big-room bangers as he is creating full-throttle club smashes like ‘Boneless’ alongside Messrs Aoki and Lake. 

“It’s been an absolutely amazing year for me,” he tells DJ Mag. “All my summer festivals dates and club shows were off the hook, and the feedback for all my productions has been out of this world.”

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