LessThan3: You’ve been spending this past year touring North America and Europe, and now you’re back here in your home country performing on the mainstage of the Australia’s largest electronic music festival to a crowd of 40,000. That’s a pretty amazing homecoming.
set in Sydney was a really special gig. It’s the first time I’ve been home in ten months, and I played the mainstage at a decent timeslot when the floor was packed. It was a little bit emotional to be able to have that opportunity. It was the best homecoming gig I could ever want.
LessThan3: You and Dillon Francis were on a panel together earlier today, and you told him that you’d be happy to teach him how to DJ. That was a pretty massive burn.
Tommy: He’s probably still recovering from that. Someone told Dillon on Twitter that he should learn how to DJ like Tommy Trash. So Dillon calls me up and goes “hey man, can you give me DJ lessons?” and I was like “yeah, f*ck it; I’ll show you how to DJ.” I figured that at the panel today, I’d remind him in front of everyone. We still love each other.
LessThan3: Who were your early musical influences?
I went through a few different phases. In the early days, I was really into Felix Da Housecat’s Kittenz & Thee Glitz
album. I had that sh*t on repeat! I’d go out and party all weekend, then I’d spend the week recovering with Felix’s album on repeat. After that, the Swedes started coming up. I really liked the early Steve Angello
and Sebastian Ingrosso
remixes along with Axwell’s
stuff. I loved Eric Prydz’ stuff, and the stuff Prydz did with Angello like Bedtime Stories
. I was really inspired by that track. I think my sound now is really an extension of what Angello and Ingrosso were doing. If you listen to the Buy Now For Sale
record and compare it to my tracks, you can definitely hear the influences.
LessThan3: How about your influences outside of electronic music?
Tommy: I grew up on Nirvana and Pearl Jam; that was my sh*t! The Smashing Pumpkins were probably my biggest non-dance music influence.
LessThan3: Does it get hot on stage with your long hair? Do you ever think you’ll cut it?
Tommy: It does get really f*cking hot! I think it would be career suicide if I cut it right now, though. I think it would get hot even without the hair because I jump around a lot. I will never put it up into a ponytail. Someone would have to drag me on stage if my hair was ever in a ponytail.
LessThan3: Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
Tommy: Tiny horses for sure. Do you know how lethal a massive duck would be? A giant duck would definitely do more damage.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
LessThan3: What’s been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Tommy: I peed myself once. I didn’t even know.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Tommy: No f*cking idea.