feeder insider w/ Thomas David [EN]

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feeder insider Interview Thomas David [EN]

feeder insider Interview Thomas David [EN]


Australia’s minimal scene continues to blossom as new vinyl imprint Ochre emerges from its underground community, opening its account with a debut release by Melbourne based producer Thomas David. Entitled Dagger/ Hakea [OCR01] it features two slices of moody, stripped back minimalist techno alongside a remix by Romanian stalwart Direkt. A culmination of countless hours of experimentation and fortitude in the studio by its creator, we had Hendrik from Unic sit down with Thomas David to find out a little more about the Ep itself, his processes and who to watch out for as Australia’s budding minimal culture develops.


Vinyl // Ochre // Minimal // Hardware


Melbourne is… home
First drink in the morning… latte
Can’t live without… family and good food
A favourite destination… Japan
Ice-cream or sorbet… Gelato
Production is… an exercise in patience
Before bed I… put on the sound of rain, it’s helping me relax
Australians love… The incredible natural beauty of this country
A goal for 2020… Finish more music and collaborate with others.
3 artists who inspire me… SIT, Ion Ludwig, Vid

feeder insider Interview Thomas David [EN]Hendrik: Firstly, congratulations on the release Tom, it must be really satisfying to work with a homegrown Australian label for your first 12”. How did the collaboration with ‘Ochre’ come about and do you feel about the finished product?

Thomas David: Thank you, I couldn’t be more pleased to be releasing on an Australian label, especially on a vinyl release. I’ve known Tom Bolitho (Ochre) for many years now and think this release is very reflective of his considered approach to design and sound. Direkt’s remix, the Australian influenced artwork, and being supported through Berlin-based Black Round Twelve are all parts of an EP I couldn’t be happier with. I’m very appreciative for all the work he put in to get this new label off the ground. I’m sure it will only continue to grow and hope we can work closely on more projects in the future.


Hendrik: Your sound has really blossomed on this release. How have you driven your sound to mature and do you have any advice for aspiring producers?

Thomas David: Sometimes it’s easy to overthink the details. Dagger and Hakea both came about from some sessions I spent jamming and just having fun with my machines. I love being textural with sound which can sometimes lead to adding too many layers that aren’t required. It takes time to find a balance in stripping things back while still maintaining interest. I think the best piece of advice I have received is to finish a project before starting another, and this is something I have done my best to stick to over the past few years.

feeder insider Interview Thomas David [EN]Hendrik: What is your favourite piece of kit in your studio right now and why?

Thomas David: It took me a long time to find a drum machine that I really meshed with, but the Jomox Alpha Base has had a solid focus in my studio since it was released. More recently I’ve been building up a modular. The possibilities are really endless, and the sounds you can get are really perfect for this style of music.


Hendrik: Australia has been a hotbed for labels and up and coming producers recently. What are your thoughts on the minimal scene down under and how’s it’s been evolving?

Thomas David: It’s very satisfying releasing on local labels, having previously released a number of times on Museme, and now Ochre. Venda, Mike Watts, Litmus and Dan Goul are just a few of the producers getting some seriously well-deserved recognition. Having only moved from Sydney a few years ago I’m definitely starting to see a shifting approach to music here now. Killing Time in Melbourne has been an amazing hub for showcasing local and international talent in an incredibly intimate setting, we are very lucky to have venues such as this providing an integral outlet for our music to flourish. Looking forward to more producers and labels emerging from Australia over the coming years to really build our scene.

Hendrik: What does Thomas David have planned for 2020?

Thomas David: Will be playing gigs around Melbourne and spending time in the studio as much as I can. Next up is Mantra Collective and RF with John Dimas at Revolver. What comes after this I’m not sure, but when it is ready more music will be sure to follow.

feeder insider Interview Thomas David [EN]

Thomas David’s first vinyl release is available from all good online vinyl outlets.


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feeder insider Interview Thomas David [EN]

Hakea / Dagger Ep [OCR001]

Ep: https://blackroundtwelve.de/release/dagger-hakea/
Juno: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/thomas-david-dagger/764047-01/
Deejay: https://www.deejay.de/Thomas_David_Dagger_Hakea_OCR001_Vinyl__946915
Decks: https://www.decks.de/track/thomas_david-dagger-hakea/cga-bb<


Thomas David

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thomasdavid.au/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thomas_david_music

Ochre Label

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ochre.label
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ochre-label
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