DJ and producer Tom Swoon has been making his mark in the electronic dance scene for over 3 years by now. Poland’s answer to all things dance music has entered the DJ MAG Top 100 at Number 46 for the very first time in 2015 after a string of consistent releases and high-profile remixes.Dedication burns strong as the music flows, so it isn’t surprising Tom Swoon has a lot of killer productions on his name. Releases such as ‘Ghost’ on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings, ‘Wait’ on Spinnin’ Records and the anthemic ‘Ahead Of Us’ on Ultra Music, all ended up in the top charts of Beatport and received the heavyweight support from the a-list acts as well as quality play-listing on the mainstream radio stations.
His unique style and characteristic sound has seen an ever-growing fan base. While being faithful to his fan base, he has gained both the attention and respect from the music industry titans such as Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren to mention a few. These and many others have offered Tom Swoon and his sound a place where to grow and be accessible to many others.
I’m going to rewind a little bit here. You started off as a “bedroom dj”; you played guitar, and were very inspired by rock music in your earlier years. How do you go from being a “bedroom dj” into an international superstar?
It was all about being consistent; I started as just a dj, and at a certain point when I learned all about mixing, how to read a crowd, etc, I realised it still wasn’t enough for me.
I started to learn how to produce music and eventually after two years, I was signed by Ultra Records and my music career just kicked off from that point.
We enjoyed watching the mini-documentary about how it all began! Has your Polish background influenced your career to date?
It actually did. I come from a very small town in Poland (a three hour drive from Berlin), so it’s been harder to get out there and get things done. I am proud of my roots and decided not to leave the country or the city even if this means I have to drive three hours to the first available airport each weekend. But it’s a choice I have embraced and look forward to seeing some Polish flags in the crowd at Ministry of Sound this weekend.
How do you find the progressive house scene at the moment?
I feel the wind of change! Not so long ago, I got the impression that there were a few too many similar tracks coming out from everywhere – something like “Epic Mashleg”, but the “Melodic Edition”… I’m already working on developing my sound in the studio – with all the other great artists on the scene, I’m really excited to see where mine goes!
Which artists are you playing out regularly at the moment?
I love pretty much everything released recently by Vigel, Tom & Jame, Nari & Milani and Hiisak! Definitely each of these guys has a part in my sets and I’m looking forward to hear more from them!
Speaking of fans, have you had any interactions with fans that have been crazy or inspiring?
Yes! For example, in Japan, I saw people in the crowd with my tattoo drawn on their hands and arms; they literally took the time to draw it and they were showing it off to me all the time – it’s amazing!
You have been touring for a while now, and you’ve been all over the world! Where is your favourite place to perform?
I would say that Asia in general is one of my favourite places…oh wait, we’re in the US, I can’t say that!
How do you maintain your originality given the fact that there are so many producers in industry now?
I don’t know, I’m just being me – there is no magic recipe to it; I am just doing my thing and being myself, and it’s all just happening!
Do you ever use guitar in your productions?
Yes, I use it multiple times, in my song Otherside, you can hear the guitar playing in the background. I love to use that organic element in my songs with the natural vibe of guitars, strings, or drums. I will definitely use more of that in future productions.
You’ve gained such a great reputation for you’re your originals and remixes in a relatively short time – where do you see the Tom Swoon sound heading in the next couple of years?
I can definitely see my sound way further than just in progressive house category on Beatport. The past year has seen a lot of experimenting in the studio and it’s first effects can be already heard, with the tracks like “I’m In Love” remix or “La Fanfarra”, which has just come out on Maxximize.
Would you have any advice for current djs who are trying to break through?
To be patient, that’s for sure, and to really think outside of the box and think ahead. Try to be innovative, and most importantly, be yourself. That’s the best advice that I could give.