DJ Name: Tomas
Hometown: Mountain View, CA
Trademark saying or philosophy toward your music/life:
"Forward ever, backward never" and "Take the good
with the bad with equal grace"
What kind of music do you spin? reggae (roots
& dancehall), uptempo (house, broken beat, afrobeat), electronic/ambient,
hip-hop, rare groove and original jazz.
Where do you spin regularly? All over,including
Nickies, Make Out Room, lots of one-off events.
Discography (including albums, tracks/contributions
to compilations, mixtapes/CDs):
Live & Direkt "Why?" on No Categories 1 comp (Ubiquity)
IQU "Teenage Dream-Dub ID Remix" (K Records)
For Voltage Music
Double Identity-Eastern Voice VLT-001 10"*
Double Identity-You Requested It (DJ Abstract Remix) VLT-003 10"*
Double Identity-We Play The Music (Isoul8 Remix) VLT-005 10"*
Double Identity -Can't Explain (Titonton Duvante Remix) VLT-009
Forthcoming: Gidee Limit "Revolution Time-Dub ID Remix"
The first record you ever bought: Parliament
"Flash Light" 7"
Most influential record(s) in your life: Parliament
"Funkentelechy", Cocteau Twins "Treasure",
any King Tubby, Night Spirit Masters Gnawa Music from Morocco,
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the JBs, Max Roach "Members Don't
Git Weary". I'll stop there.
When/where did you first DJ? KUSF 90.3 FM radio,
Saint Francis High SChool, Mountain View, age 16
What made you want to be a DJ? I started collecting
records, then doing radio shows, club DJing just naturally came
Do you think you will always be a DJ? Yes.
What is your most memorable performance of your DJ career?
The early Future Primitive parties at the Cat Club, my own party
down in LA, Umoja Jazz & Ragga Lounge at the Gaslight.
Do you play CDs as well as vinyl? all formats,
In your opinion who is the best DJ of all time?
I don't have a favorite all time. I'm more in to local DJs than
Who in your opinion are the Bay Area's Top Five DJs?
1. Spliff Skankin, cause he was my mentor and he's mentored tons
of other DJs, his 80s reggae broadcasts on KFJC are legendary.
2. Monty Luke, the baddest house DJ you will ever hear, 3. Coup
D'Ville is the best party DJ, 4. a tie between J-Boogie and Wisdom
because they have range, variety, and will always bust a smile
at some point in their set (moody DJs suck), 5. every other DJ
in the Bay, cause I believe we have the best overall DJs anywhere
on planet Earth.
All time top five records: I can't answer this,
I have about 20 crates and I love every record in there equally.
Does being a music journalist as well as a DJ give one
an edge do you think? No. DJing is a "heart"
thing. Certainly ain't about the money.
How central is the theme of the DJ to XLR8R?
Its one of our core elements, and an audience whose respect means
a lot to us. For instance, every issue since our inception has
featured about 200 12" reviews. times that by 11 years and
6-10 issues per years, that's a lot of time and paper we've devoted
to the art and promotion of DJing. Its a huge part of the magazine,
but hopefully readers notice, we've never championed cheesy, overrated
Question that wasn't asked but you would like to answer:
Where do you like to eat Indian food? Naan & Curry on O'Farrell/Jones.
What's your one wish for a better San Francisco? More computers
and music programs for our public high schools and middle schools.
Best website or way for folks to find out more about
you: Right now, just my blog: forwardever.blogspot.com