Tom Wax: I can't stand an empty dancefloor

Radio Intense is happy to present to you our next guest - Tom Wax.

Tom Wax has always been a leading figure of the electronic music scene in Germany and inspired a lot of DJs and producers around t he globe wit h his unique sound between House & Techno. Even after more than 20 years behind the DJ booth he is still on a mission and prooves this in impressive manner on such labels like Great Stuff,Bush Records, Bitten, Suara, Time Has Changed, Deeperfect, I Am Techno, Plastic City or Phuture Wax.

This time he joined forces with a newcomer CONCIOUS to deliver their new release "I'm a Freak" on Codex! We chat to the phenomenon about his the EP and other projects. Enjoy!
— Hi Tom! How are you? Thanks for chatting with us today!
— Hey guys, thanx for having me! Let´s go!
— How did you start DJing and producing?
— I started DJing in 1988 on friend´s birthday parties or school parties! I made a business out of my hobby and my love for electronic music. When I started DJing I was just the guy in the dark corner that had to please the audience with the music they wanted to hear and in the 90s it was the DJ who teached the crowd a new and special sound. I always try to please and teach during my DJ sets, because I can´t stand an empty dancefloor! When I started producing in 1991 I became resident DJ at Dorian Gray Technoclub in Frankfurt and this kicked off my international DJ career.
We are pleased to be speaking with you around the release of "I'm a Freak" coming later this month on Codex. Can you tell us more about the production process? Which track do you like more?
— I got introduced to Johannes Hohls (concious) by Stefan Dabruck, the manager of Robin Schulz, in 2021 and we got together at his Cupra Music Labs in Frankfurt, a massive studio complex, where we started producing tunes together. Out of these studio sessions we created "I´m A Freak" and "Untrue", that are now part of this release. I love both tracks, but "I´m A Freak" has this outstanding breakdown with those magic bells and this massive synthline!
— How do you like to approach making music?
— It´s is always different – sometimes it just starts with a bass- or synthline, sometimes with just some beats or any vocal sample. When I work together with production buddys, we always have to sort out which way to go soundwise to combine our styles. I´m always opend minded for cooperations and I try to have some progress in my sound and productions.
— Can you tell us a bit about the artists who have influenced your career?
— I´m an 80s kid and love all the synthie pop music of this time. I got influenced by The Art Of Noise and Depeche Mode back in the days and when the Techno & House music got it´s breakthrough in the late 80s I was into the Sound Of Belgium and the Acid House Sound from UK. My favorite Techno artists from the early 90s are CJ Bolland and Aphex Twin and my all time favorite DJ is and always will be Sven Väth.
— Outside of the world of music, what are your favorite interests?
— My great passion beside Music is playing Tennis. I do it semi-professional and play a lot of tournaments over here in Germany.
— To round things off, is there anything else upcoming from yourself you'd like to share with us?
— This year I will turn 50 and to celebrate this in style I will release my new album "Generation ´72" on my label Phuture Wax. I have already produced over 30 tracks and now I will sort out which ones will be the main tracks for the final longplayer. More release with concious are nearly finished and will be out soon and I did remixes for Rico Puestel, GTO & Fractious.