about tommy mental
Prior to living in Denver Colorado (where Tommy currently resides) he spent 26 years of his life in the Minneapolis area. in the mid 1990’s Tommy attended several of the Minneapolis M.O.R.E. “raves” (or “parties” as we referred to them at the time) thrown by our hometown hero “DJ ESP” Woody McBride. Like many young teens at the time, Tommy didn’t originally start going to these “raves” for the music, but it didn’t take long for him to fall in love with the hypnotic sounds which were pumping out of the gigantic wall of speakers positioned in front of him. Tommy was never much of a dancer, but the captivating compositions that he was hearing at these “raves” made dancing become more of an instinctual reaction than a deliberate activity.
Eventually, Tommy’s artistic nature alluded him to the realization that he must delve deeper into the music and culture which shaped this newly discovered scene he was getting involved in. Saving up his allowance and the paychecks he’d earned washing dishes, Tommy was eventually able to buy himself a used set of Gemini belt drive turntables. It was definitely challenging learning on those decks, but Tommy was determined to master the art of creating smooth mixes. He started out playing hardcore techno and acid - heavily influenced by the 1990’s midwest techno sound. Tommy’s love for techno never died but eventually he became more interested in playing house music. He soon realized that an added bonus to his love for playing house music was the fact that people loved to listen and dance while he DJ’ed. Despite his love of hardcore acid and “gabber” techno, Tommy enjoyed playing music that made people dance, and people were generally more willing to dance when the beats were kept below 130 bpm.
In 1997 Tommy also saved up and bought a Roland MC-303 Groovebox (which was a fun toy!), but it wasn’t until about twelve years later that he really began exploring music production software and producing his own tracks. Since then Tommy has been determined to consistently progress in this area, and he loves the aspect of throwing a track or two of his own into a DJ set. He is also known to do a live PA here and there - check em’ out on soundcloud.com/tommy-mental.
These days you can expect to hear Tommy throw down a wide variety of house genres. Aside from the fact that it will be good house music, you never know exactly what you’re going to get. Tommy simply throws down whatever feels right at the time. Old school, new school, funky, tech, deep, acid, electro, ghetto, jack, disco, etc… If it appeals to his sense of hearing he’ll work it into his set!
In addition to music Tommy is an artist/designer. Check out his work at www.facebook.com/TkArtworks and www.tommykdesign.com.