five minutes with… Tom Colontonio
TI: Since Trance International’s checked in on Tom Colontonio’s runnings back in July, the young US producer and deck-wrangler has been having a busy old time of it. We thought we’d get a new update in a ‘5 Minutes With…’ stylee! Thanks for joining us Tom! So how’s did summer 2009 treat you?
TC: It was excellent! I banged out some great tracks and did some nice gigs as well. Guvernment in Toronto, Egypt (which was a first for me) and a 14 day Australia tour – definitely a summer to remember!
TI: How did you get into producing music?
TC: Well, I remember the day actually! I was sitting there watching TV and was bored out of my mind. I was already a DJ for a few years and I was thinking to myself: man, I should get off my as* and make some music! I went out and bought all this gear, brought it all home. I had a friend come over and help ease me into Logic and it just started to roll from there!
TI: No one really gets on the ladder without someone giving them a big break. Who gave you yours?
TC: I would say collectively John O’Callaghan, Sean Tyas, John Askew and Activa. I seemed to catch the eye of that group all at once with a few tracks.
TI: Looking back at your discography thus-far, what track do you feel has pushed your career forward the most?
TC: That’s a tough question to answer – there are a number of contenders. Probably, probably ‘Modern Day Madness’ was my biggest. It was the launch release of PVD’s digital imprint so it was great for me to be the first track of the label.
TI: You’ve been working with Giuseppe Ottaviani and John O’Callaghan a fair bit. Do you think (generally speaking) you share a sound in common with them?
TC: Yes, they are the guys I always listened too and looked up too. I have a lot of influence from Sean Tyas, who has been a huge part of what I’m doing today. He is a selfless kind of person who was always ready to answer my annoying questions!
TI: What’s next and up-and-coming up in the production pipeline?
TC: A new EP on Liquid, out on October 6th called ‘Lifetime Connection’ which includes a John O’Callaghan remix. I have finished a new track for Discover which will see the light in lat 2009/early 2010 and I have also completed several remixes for various labels. Just recently I signed a track to Vandit records called ‘The One’, which features me on vocals and guitar! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. I was ecstatic to see it finally come to light.