Blueprint DJ Spotlight: SLEEPY TOM
Mon January 28, 2013
Getting his first break with us during the Youngblood Sundays years at Venue, Sleepy Tom has grown from being a hungry young DJ in Vancouver to a budding, internationally recognized producer. With upcoming releases on Fool's Gold, 2013 is shaping up to be a big year for this young Vancouver talent!
1. What's your name & where are you from?
HI, I'm Cam Tatham (TAY-THUM). I live in Vancouver and like to call it my home even though I've lived in several places.
2. We've heard rumours of you being picked up by Fool's Gold, A-Trak & Nick Catchdub's famed record label, for a release in the near future. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Yeah man. I sent them a demo last August and they were into it. So I've been working on an EP since then. No release date yet, but in the near future!
Yup. It was a Blueprint boat cruise with A-Trak, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Nacho Lovers. Fool's Gold was looking for people to do street promo so I emailed them saying I was down.
When they said I'd be "Mr. Goldbar" I was stoked! But it turned out to be the hottest day of the summer and I had to wear a black suit with a giant gold brick on my head, while hyping the crowd...
Pretty sure I got heatstroke haha. Also, drunk people get really aggressive with mascots. I've got a lot of respect for the people who don the costumes on a daily basis.
4. Things you love and hate about being an upcoming producer in Vancouver.
It's a small music scene here, and pretty much everyone knows each other. So when someone is on the come up, promoters find out quick and generally get you in to play their club nights.
Also I find that established artists who live here are really supportive of the up and comers. I've got to thank my friend Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat/Fur Trade Vocalist) for letting me work out of his studio last year. He really helped me get my mixes sounding better. Also, Felix Cartal and Lazy Rich have been playing my tracks which has definitely raised my profile internationally.
I guess if I was up and coming in LA or New York there would be more opportunities sooner. But I like Vancouver.
5. Who are you inspired by musically? What influences your production style?
People like Surkin/High Powered Boys, Hudson Mohawke, Wolfgang Gartner. These guys have such a distinct style, but always come up with fresh ideas.
Other than that, I'd say coffee plays a big role. oh and that new baauer x just blaze tune...
6. How would you label your production style? What about the technical aspects of your production? What DAW are you using? What's your favourite synth? What's your favourite part about producing?
I like to call it 'high powered dance music.'
I use Logic Pro. I use Sylenth and NI Razor mostly.
My favourite part of producing is getting drums to sound gnarly. Once the track idea is there I mix the drums all nice and it really takes the tune to another level.
7. What are 5 tracks that would paint a picture of who you are as a DJ?