Siam2nite had the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Thomas Newson, shortly before his performance at Heineken Green Room on 30th July.
Where are you answering these questions?
In my studio in my hometown Heeswijk-Dinther.
You are a Dutch DJ & Producer, signed to Hardwell’s prestigious Revealed Recordings record label. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing and music production?
Well as a kid I grew up with dance music as my Dad has been in the industry for like 30 years now. When I was 10 he took me to a Sensation White show in Amsterdam, and I walked around as a little boy, so I was around dance music from a young age, but production-wise I started when I was at the age of 15.
You play and produce Electro House & Progressive House. How would you describe your own music, what is distinct about it?
I make music that suits massive festivals but also intimate dance floors alike. I synergize heavy duty beats with a melodic sensibility which is also perfect for the radio market.
You are best known for your tracks “Flute” with New World Sound (the track has a consolidated view count on YouTube of close to 90 Million views), as well as “Pallaroid”, “Jaguar” (with Marco V), “Wave Your Hands” (with Bassjackers) and of course your recent collab with Hardwell ‘8Fifty’. What other tracks, remixes or mix-sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
Check out my new collab with Manse – Back Again - that came out July 18th".
What is on your agenda for the near future and what are you currently working and focusing on?
I have some new music on the way! On August 15th my collab with Magnificence - “Tonight” will be released. Also, we’ve just released a new video series called Thomas Newson “Journals”, which is a documentary that shows my life as an artist on the road, behind the decks, in the studio, with friends, etc. The idea behind it to give fans an insight into my life. We are currently working on episode 2 so keep an eye out for that!
What are the best and the worst gigs you’ve played and what is the funniest thing that’s happened during any of your performances?
Hard question! There have been so many special/ strange/ funny moments! But the moment when Hardwell closed his set in Ottawa (during the North America bus tour), walked off stage and Kill The Buzz took the mic and started shouting “One More song, One More song” - that was a super funny moment for me haha!
You have performed in Thailand three times already: at S2O Festival 2015, at Ztudio Live Hall as part of the Revealed Recordings “Asian Club Tour” and at WARP Music Festival 2015. Did you keep your performances – and Thailand in general - in good memory? What can people expect from your upcoming performance at Heineken Green Room in Pattaya?
Definitely! Thailand is such a beautiful country, and the fans are amazing! Full of energy and ready to party.
I don’t have specific preparations for a show like this. Most of the time I try to interact with the crowd. It always depends on the crowd; I play what I think they want to hear, like new music for example. I really feel like my set draws on the energy of the crowd and my set feeds off – and tries to enhance the atmosphere. One thing that is for certain, you can expect a great night of partying.