Hello swingers, this week we are very please to introduce to you Dj Tomahawk, a very fine dj and producer from Germany. He has granted us with a nice exclusive track for download.
Hello Tomahawk, could you introduce yourself to us?
I started mixing in 1982, at the age of 16, playing new wave punk, ska. I was also influenced by the 60’s and got very interested in all style of this fantastic music, from 60s: punk, northern soul rocksteady and psychedelic.I also played in a 60s influenced band, with T.Eckert (2-Raum Wohnung).
By the mid 80s i was Djing in many Clubs around Munich.In the 90s i started playing breakbeats, jungle, house, techno. I djed at the first techno raves in Munich (with Dj Hell, U.R, Blake Baxter, Tomy Novy, Acid Scout….) then i had many gigs, Austria, Swiss, France, Germany.. My style was a mixture of electro and also World music, and cosmic. i’ve always been interested in bringing old sounds and new together.
In 1999 i released my first Ep “Porn Beats”, and three more to come in the folowing years.
I also published my first house 12 inch Vinyl “The Latin Theme”.
Then from 2000 to 2005 i released a cd “The meaning of love”, a mixture of 50s and 60s, trip hop, lounge, latin, easy listening. Also released 2 obscure Lp’s, with Peabird (Breakz R uZ) “The Forbidden Fruit” part 1 and 2. I toured for “Ritmo de Bacardi”/Viva-Tv, with famous djs and acts (George Morel, Salome de Bahia, David Alvarado, Sharam Jay, Dj Yellow, Milk and Sugar, Phats & Amp, Future Funk, Small….
Released a doouble Cd with Ritmo de Bacardi- the Latin House, was played at the time in all big cities in Germany and Europe.
Between 2005/2009 i had a break because of a bad illness. Now i’m back in Djing, producing, and organising my own party series “Swing Junction” and “Mondo Exotica”.
In the last years i’ve been playing gigs with artists like Amsterdam Klezmer band, Django 3000, Rotfront, Baba Zula, La Brass Banda, Bakkushan…
What is Mondo Exotica?
Mondo Exotica gives particular attention to Electro swing and Global Beats, its a project from me and my partner Cj Rusky, and its the name of our party, dj team..
Any particular memory from you’re dj experience you’d like to share?
I was resident dj in the famous independant club “circus Gammelsdorf”, worked there for 7 years. I got to frame with my djing so many concerts there eg. Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Psychic TV, Sonic Youth, The Meteors…… I loved the eclectic audience that was there, and i loved playing my musical styles like Independent, Punk, EBM, 50’s, 60’s, Ska, Crossover, Grunge and early electronic beats…
A Saturday in 1994 the club burned down, while i was playing there. luckily noone got injured. It was the end for this cool club.
What is Electro-swing for you?
Electro-swing for me, is something old, with something new, with a touch of Jazz.
What are you’re influences?
My greatest influences are, Henry Mancini, Enio Moricone, and good old music from all around the globe.
What do you work with?
I work with Logic and reason. I am an oldschool dj, i am still spinning vinyls and cds, and do mixing by ear. The sync button is inside me, i truly love music.
You’re future projects?
Continuing Mondo Exotica and Swing Junction serie in Augsburg, try to establish it in other clubs. making my own music with live instruments, and a liveact, and allways hunting for more music…
Save a horse, ride a bassline!!
Well thank you Tomahawk, for that wonderful talk, this crazy track you’ve offered us “Sound of Music” And of course for all those nice tracks you currently give away on soundcloud, and for you’re investment in music all these years, hope to hear a lot from you.