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Tom Wax: “When you’ve been doing electronic music for more than 3 decades, it’s a balancing act”

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Tom Wax’s 50th birthday arrives in September, and to celebrate in style, the DJ and producer is releasing his brand new album ‘Generation 72′. As one of the main characters in the sound of Frankfurt, Tom has worldwide influence as a DJ and producer. His very first musical output was released in 1991, followed by countless other releases on major electronic dance music labels around the world over the past 3 decades. After his first long-player ’45 RPM’ in 2017 and the following album ‘Driven By Passion’ in 2020, he sets new production standards in 2022, and this new one presents the full range of his unique sound.

FOR EXAMPLE caught up Tom Wax to learn more about the fall of ‘Generation 72’his influences, his opinions on the evolution of the scene, his future projects, etc.

EG: Hey Tom! Welcome to EG. It is a pleasure to have you with us today. Where are you based at the moment? How have you been?

Tom Wax: I’m based in a very small town near Frankfurt, Germany, and due to the fact that I tore my Achilles tendon 10 weeks ago, I’m working like crazy on new productions, because it’s the only something I can do right now.

EG: We’re sorry to hear that, Tom, I hope you recover quickly. By the way, congratulations on the release of your LP ‘Generation 72’! What has been the initial reception so far?

Tom Wax: I’m super happy with my new long-player and at the moment I’m preparing the remix releases of some tracks from the album, it will be done by Uto Karem, surly, Ben Champell, aware, Felix Reichelt, Franck DeWulf, and others. It’s always something special when you release a new album with 16 new tracks, and the most special thing is that it will be released exactly on my 50th birthday, September 19th.

EG: So it’s a landmark version for you. How has the passage of time affected your relationship with your music? Are you making the music you “always wanted to make”?

Tom Wax: Yes, I would say that in the last 3 years I am at this level, where I always wanted to exceed the last 30 years of my career. When you’ve been doing electronic music for over 3 decades, like me, it’s a balance between being innovative and pleasing your followers. My goal has always been to find the right balance between these two, and with my new album, I think I’ve finally succeeded.

EG: And what can your fans find on this release, musically speaking? What differences can be found with 2020’s ‘Driven By Passion’?

Tom Wax: I always want to showcase my current DJ sound on my long performers too, because that’s what people expect and that’s what they get on this one too. The sound of my production has improved a lot over the last month and there are also some surprising tracks on the album. All tracks will be released as singles accompanied by a special remix by one of the previously mentioned artists.

“1972 is my birth year, and I’m part of the Techno generation, that’s what I wanted to show on this LP through every song.”

EG: So how did ‘Generation 72’ come about? What was the recording process like for these sessions? Did you already have a general concept before you even started?

Tom Wax: I’ve tried to produce tracks that carry the vibe and energy that I’ve loved ever since I was infected with the electronic music virus. 1972 is my year of birth, and I’m part of the Techno generation, that’s what I wanted to show on this LP through each song. The opener of ‘Generation 72’ says it all and gives you a glimpse of my musical influences in my youth, and the other 15 tracks are the state of my art right now. This was my goal and so I had a plan for what I wanted to produce when I started the production process over a year ago. I’m very happy with the final result and I hope that listeners will understand the spirit and the idea of ​​my music.

EG: Let’s go back a bit to your origins. How did you come to electronic music? Was there a record or live show that pushed you down the rabbit hole?

Tom Wax: It was “The Art of Noise – Near Editing”a track produced by my favorite producer of all time, Trevor’s Horn, in 1984, which introduced me to the magic of electronic music. The entire ‘Idiot’ album in 1985 by the art of noise was revolutionary and was my true inspiration.

EG: Your first album was released in 1991. Would you say that the evolution of the scene has been for the better? Or worse?

Tom Wax: The sound of the productions has gotten better and better, the way of producing music has gotten better and better, but it seems that the producers don’t have their own ideas and just pick up the old melodies and tracks from the last few years in all genres of electronic music. music. There are exceptional artists who have developed something new and defined a new sound, but that has become very rare in the last 10 years.

EG: The last few years have given us all a chance to slow down and reevaluate. What would you like to see more and less of in our scene?

Tom Wax: Less overhyped DJs, no ghostly puppets behind the decks, but rather real artists, who live the spirit of electronic music. But times have changed and it looks like you can just survive the techno buzz by investing big bucks to get on the big festival line-ups. Focus more on the music, not the hype around a person.

“The sound of the productions has gotten better and better, the way of producing music has gotten better and better, but it seems that the producers don’t have their own ideas and just take the old melodies and tracks from the last few years in all genres of electronic music.”

EG: What else can we expect from Tom Wax in the next few months? What new steps are you looking forward to?

Tom Wax: My new album is a milestone next month, but I have a release every 2 weeks from now until the end of the year. An outing with love parade founder Dr. Motte is about to fall on Dolma Records called ‘PLUR’including an Simina Grigoriu remix. I teamed up with Rico Puestelof Cocoon fame, to create two special versions on my Phuture Wax label, a collaboration with Electrofanatic Sisko will also be released soon Codex records. There are also two Austrian DJ mixes Dima Rivawho will come out IAMT and Absinthe soon, and I worked with the singer Drea Perlon for some exceptional tunes and I remixed Marc Warbler, Franck DeWulf, GTO, Kay Barton, surly, ASYS & Kai Tracid & Rico Puestel.

EG: Thanks for your time, Tom! We wish you the best!

Tom Wax: Thank you for! Looking for a real DJ booking agency, so if you know someone, contact me! Don’t forget: it’s our future

Tom Wax’s new album “Generation 72” is now available via Phuture Wax Records. Buy your copy here.

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