Tom Trago delivers a bunch of explorative unreleased cuts on his guest mix
At this point in his career, you could definitely say that Amsterdam’s TOM TRAGO is a ‘household’ electronic name by now. He’s arguably one of the most recognisable names in DJing, and for good reason. At age 15, he decided he would dedicate his life to music.
In a number of years, he’s released four albums, released sounds on his favourite label, Rush Hour, created his own label, Voyage Direct, and toured the world with his trademark style of DJing that blends the better part of three decades of music obsession.
He knows how to command a dancefloor, each sound an instruction to the crowd to dance and feel. He’s found a way to harness that energy and assertion through the music he’s created, and his fourth record Bergen, is a sonic manifestation of this manifesto.
It came to us just last year, and over ten tracks, he takes us on a sonic journey through analogue exploration. It’s his first long player in over five years, and shows why he’s been such a pivotal figure in shaping the sounds Amsterdam is currently known for.
Through slinky house, spacey disco and a compulsive need to make a journey out just ten tracks, he’s delivered an expert cut of original electronic music that shows why he’s one of the best.
He was in the country at the start of the month for a run of shows including a stint at Lovejoy‘s first birthday in Sydney, Sugar in Adelaide and Smalltown in Melbourne. He stopped by the studio to have a chat with myself about the new record, his label Voyage Direct and what being creative means to him. You can listen back to our chat here.
He also delivered a very special 20 minute guest mix, filled with a bunch of unreleased cuts and demos. Dive in below, and be sure to tune into Purple Sneakers on FBi Radio every Saturday night from 5-6PM locally at 94.5FM or DAB+ or online at fbiradio.com.
Photo of Tom Trago via Facebook
Words by CAITLIN MEDCALF