The latest sound to come from the studio of German techno producer Tom Wax finds him collaborate with Ben Champell, for their new two track “We Rise” EP.
Combining original tracks Back To The Underground and We Rise, Tom Wax adds Unity Records to his catalogue, which already includes past outings with Natura Viva, Redrum, IAMT, and Rhythm Distrikt.
We spoke to him about the new release, how he came to work with Ben Champell, which other labels we might see him on soon, his first experience with club music, and more. Get the full discussion below.
Hey Tom, we hope you’re well, what have you been up to so far this week?
This was the first week this year I made a new DJ mix and nothing else! The last month I have been so busy with all my new productions comin´ up in the next weeks, that I decided to take a little time off for private activities.
Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
Ambitious, structured, reliable.
You just released your new We Rise EP on Unity Records with Ben Champell, what was your main inspiration for the two tracks on this one?
We shared ideas of the melodies, beats and vocals online and we worked out one track each at our studios and after some little changes we both were happy with the results.
And how did you come to collaborate with Ben?
Ben and I have never met in real life, but through social media he came up with the idea to swap ideas and create two tracks for a collab.
You’ve also released tracks on Rhythm Distrikt, Redrum, and IAMT – which other labels might we expect to see you on soon?
A collab with Love Parade founder Dr. Motte is in the pipeline on Complexed Records, the label of Drumcomplex and another collab with Dolby D., the labelhead of Dolma Records, will be out soon on OFF Recordings.
A track called RAVE WILL NEVER DIE is out now on Studio 3000 and another release on Rhythm Distrikt will be out in Autumn, and remixes of tracks from my latest album DRIVEN BY PASSION by Robert Babicz, Mijk Van Dijk, Samuel L Session, Sikora and many others are released every month on my own Phuture Wax imprint.
You’re of course German, a country with a rich history of techno, and club music in general, do you remember your first experience of club music?
For sure! It was at Dorian Gray, the world famous club at Frankfurt airport, where I got into the magic of electronic club music. Nothing could beat this feeling & the spirit back in the late 80s!
And when did you decide to go from listener to artist?
I already started DJing at the age of 16 at various underground parties and when I was 19 I got the chance to spin at the Dorian Gray techno club in 1991! In the same year I took my first steps into producing, when I met a studio engineer that introduced me to music production. I just wanted to know, how these new & crazy sounds are made and out of that a long list of releases and remixes were the result.
What’s one of the biggest lessons your career in music has taught you about life?
Happiness and sadness are transient, they come and go!
Thanks for taking the time to chat to us, is there anything else you want to mention before we go?
Check my website for updates www.tomwax.de and hope to see you soon on the dancefloor.