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Tom & Collins
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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).”

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.”