I create my own style by mixing many
types of music. Anything Epic, German
Trance, Hard House and House, Basically
whatever sounds and feels good.
Everything from Tribal to epic & deep to
your soul, Thomas Michael is the DJ for
the people quotes Mixer Magazine. Not
wasting any time, he explodes into his sets
creating his unique style of energy and anthems
with an effect nothing short of seismic.
He has worked with the top 20 DJs in
the world and played at all of the major events
and clubs. Often he has left the crowd guessing
who is rocking the turntables and
totally mesmerized. He is one of the top DJs
of the west coast commanding up to 4 gigs in
one night. He is not all hype and to prove it
he is the only DJ that will guarantee a crowd
rocking set with no questions asked.
After moving to Los Angeles over 8 years ago,
Thomas Michael now has over 2,000 gigs under
his belt and has played everywhere from Naked
LA to Melbourne Australia. He continues to push
the envelope with his style and creativity.
When playing at huge raves like Monster Massive
or Narnia, you can bet that when Thomas Michael
is spinning there isnt space to breathe
on the dance floor.
Ok Thomas, tell me about your influences,
who was it that got you hooked on this genre
I would have to say my influences
are Yano, Paul Van Dyke, Sasha & Digweed,
Paul Oakenfold of course. & Tiesto too.
But my first real influence would
have been Derek Carter in Chicago in 1987.
So how did you get started?
Well I moved
to San Diego and I started to throw parties-
that is how I got introduced to the industry
side of the business. Then things just started
happening from there.
What was the 1st record you ever bought?
It was Bob Marley Greatest Hits. I used to be
really into reggae music.
Where was your 1st gig, when you actually
played for a audience?
My first party was
an illegal rave in Golden Gate Park San Francisco-
it was thrown by Dave Coleman, Christopher Lawrence
and myself. It was called Spiral Jive
was in 1994.
So where can your fans find you these days?
Well that is what is great about being a DJ.
One week you can be in Denver the next in Vegas-
basically where ever I am booked is where you
can find me (laughing) but I prefer to play
in So Cal and Vegas-
Do you currently have any residencies or
places that you can be found on a regular basis?
Go-Ventures LA, TeknoKlub LA, Babys@ the
Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Naked LA, Tantra-Sutra
for Polka-Dot Productions San Diego, Rubber
Orange County & Fresh Fridays@ Liquid Lounge
Do you have any albums out right now?
Yes I have at least 10 albums but only 2 of
them were promoted. Phat Phunk Records did Live
in Melbourne and West Coast Vibes.
As for new projects, are you in the studio
now? Do we have anything to look forward to
in the near future, maybe some collaboration
with someone else?
Im always in the
studio, but at this time I am not working with
anyone. As for making original tracks I mean
it isnt really what I want to do. Remixing
is what I like to do and what I am good at;
making new tracks just isnt my uhmmm
Forte I guess.
What do you think about all this mainstream
techno on the radio these days? Do you think
it is good for the scene or do you think its
selling out and becoming the norm?
it to the death of disco, overplaying killed
the disco era. This isnt as bad as that
scene was, I mean I dont feel that it
is really being played out or anything, I think
for the most part techno music is still underground,
but hey if people are making money off it- right
on. I mean it affects us in both ways. It can
be both good and bad, but like I said if it
brings in more money and more people, then thats
What type of music do you listen to when
you are not spinning?
Trip-Hop. Ive been listening to the slow
mellow stuff these days. I finally got a CD
player in my car (laughs).
Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
I worked on the movie Rave.
I loved the opportunity but I dont think
I had enough creative control over what was
happening. I would definitely do it again, but
only if I was allowed to have more control.
I mean as an artist, your most valuable asset
is your creativeness so if you dont have
control over it, it doesnt work
It just wasnt as good as it could have
been had I been able to use my ideas and knowledge,
but it was a great learning experience.
What are your thoughts on the scene right
I think that there is a lot
of unnecessary shit going on. I mean the DJs
are WAY overpaid, club goers are way over charged.
I think it needs to go back underground. Smaller
parties with better vibes, I think it should
be more about listening to good music rather
than making the whole thing into a three-ring
Ok now favorite moments: any that come to
mind? Was there any particular time you played
and it was just off the hook?
this one gig- back in 1997 in front of the Federal
Building In Los Angeles. It was this free benefit
show, Called Right to Dance. I spun
@ 7pm for 3,000 people. There were people spilling
from the lawn into the streets dancing, holding
signs and stopping traffic
that was when
I realized that I was doing something special
and I knew this was my calling.
In the many places you have performed, which
one is your most favorite? I have played
at over 2,000 parties and there are too many
to name just one because there have been so
many great experiences! A lot of parties have
something unique about them which makes them
special in different ways, like the vibes, and
the locations the sound system the lasers the
people, its too hard to pick one.
How has your creativity changed over the
last 10 years? Do you tend to stay with your
own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream
to influence you and your work?
a DJ or any other type of artist you evolve
constantly, I mean I am always listening for
something that grabs my attention, I am influenced
by lots of DJs and it isnt a type
of music that Im looking for its
the sound. A lot of things influence
What is your current Goal as a DJ?
right now I dont really have one, I am
happy where I am, I like where I am.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10
(Laughing) I have no idea, wherever
it takes me, I know that I will still be doing
something with music; music is a big part of
my life. Cant imagine life without it.
What would you be doing right now if you
never bought that 1st record and became DJ Thomas
I would probably still be painting
because I went to art school; Ive always
been really creative like that. I always bring
a video camera with me and record all the shows
I play at, so I just enrolled in some film editing
classes, so I can do my own video editing. That
is my newest interest. I dont know; Im
pretty sure I would still be doing something
OK Thomas, last and silliest question of
. What is, in your opinion, the dopest
thing about being a DJ?
Well it really is
the big picture, I mean it isnt fun 100%
of the time, there is so much that can go wrong
and ruin the whole night, BUT- when it goes
good and the crowds going off, it is just great,
there is no other way to put it, its a
great feeling, meeting people, having fun. Yeah
just having fun- thats the best thing
about being a DJ.