Tom Showtime is a man of many guises. DJ. Producer. Remixer. Saxophonist. Gramophone Enthusiast. From Be-Bop to Breakbeat and everything in between, Tom’s passion for music is paralleled only by his legendary (some would say mythical) enjoyment of watermelon, coffee and cricket. That’s just how he rolls.
Having been influenced by artists such as DJ Shadow, Quantic, Bonobo and The Nextmen while immersed in London’s music scene in the mid naughties, the saxophonist turned producer started spinning and collecting multiple genres of records, before returning home to Melbourne with an obsession for sampling old funk, latin and jazz tunes. This resulted in the head nodding trip hop odyssey ‘The Showtime EP’ in 2008 that featured not only his own production work, but own original horn lines and scratches.
Fast forward to 2012 and the list of achievements is coming thick and fast for one of the scene’s true all rounders, having supported international acts such as A.Skillz, The Nextmen, Scratch Perverts, Bonobo and Mark Rae plus local heavyweights The Bamboos and Urthboy and a national tour with N’Fa Jones (1200 Techniques). In between multiple DJ residencies across then city, Tom is still as prolific as ever in the studio, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album The Jam Thief as well as numerous EPs and the ‘Your Word Against Mine’ series of bootlegs.
Never one to sit still, the response to The Jam Thief inspired Tom to assemble a live band The Tom Showtime Trio with Tom on sax and turntables, renowned drummer Conrad ‘Defcon’ Tracey and Zvi ‘Zedsix’ Belling on double bass with guest MCs providing rhymes, freestyles and flavour out front. As well as playing the boom bap jazz sounds of the The Jam Thief, the trio also flips tunes from jazz legends and covers classic hip hop jams, making for live sets that are part jazz, part hip hop, and all groove.
Early 2013 saw Tom getting a taste for rocking bigger danace floors and in turn producing bigger tunes. This gained him international recognition through a series of releases championed by legendary UK blog Ghetto Funk, resulting in a four track Artist EP and him being added to the label. Add to this his collaboration with DJ Maars ‘The Chippa Irie EP’ on Booty Fruit reaching #1 on Juno Download Best Selling Chart and Tom’s career is going full circle with success in the UK, where it all began…
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The Showtime EP (2008)
EP3013 (2011 Serpent54)
Funk Pants (2012 Groove Penguin Records)
Spaces & Places feat Gift of Gab, Lotek & Ash.One (2012 Serpent54)
+ Spaces & Places ‘Melbourne’s Finest Remixes’ (2012 Serpent54)
The Jam Thief (2012 Serpent54 / Obese Records).
The World Keeps Yearning (2012 Dusty Milkcrates Vol 2 Compilation)
Re-Dizzled (Tom Showtime Re-Rub) The Psyde Projects (2012 Groove Penguin Records)
The Chippa Irie EP – DJ Maars vs Tom Showtime (2013 Booty Fruit)
Ghetto Funk Present… Tom Showtime (2013 GFPD14)
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