Thomas Newson is one of the fastest rising stars in EDM, and he had an incredible year during 2014. Release after release, we kept seeing his name appear in the charts and it’s only the beginning for the young DJ/producer. Upon seeing his name on the lineup for Playhouse Festival, we knew we had to check out his set and were excited to gain to be able to sit down and ask him a few questions afterwards. So, without further ado, here’s what he had to say:
[divider]THOMAS NEWSON INTERVIEW[/divider]
What have been some of your highlights of 2014?
Definitely Tomorrowland. I did a lot of remixes and releases, so I am really happy with my music and my new music that’s coming out. And, a lot of shows — a lot of touring in summer and right now in Asia. So amazing!
Are there any shows you remember the most?
The Asian tour is really good.
You’ve only been doing this for a short time, and you’ve rapidly become successful. What has that been like?
Yeah, unbelievable, unreal.
Was there an actual moment when you realized that the success was real?
When Hardwell premiered my track “Pallaroid” at Tomorrowland — that was my moment when I was like, ‘Wow! This [is] so amazing!’
Did Hardwell tell you before he used your song?
No, no. I watched the live set [from] Tomorrowland and he just played my new track and I was like, ‘Whoa, what the f**k man!’ It was so amazing.
In your freetime what do you like to do?
Of course making music — new stuff. A lot of studio. Also, I’m chilling and hanging around with the friends.
Do you prefer being in the studio or onstage? Or is it 50/50?
Yeah, kind of 50/50. If you have no music, you can’t play on big shows and touring around…so 50/50.
What got you started making music and what was the influence for your particular sound?
I make music what I like, so back in the days, I listen a lot to techno…so that’s where I started with [sic].
Do you remember the first time you put a track together?
…like six years ago. My first track was really bad, so…nobody hears it.
Do you ever go back and listen to it for inspiration or leave it where it is?
[giggles]…I leave it.
For production, are you the type of artist that starts a whole bunch of tracks and never finish them or do you sit down and finish one track?
I work on a couple of tracks at the same time. If I have inspiration for that track, I work on that track and if I have inspiration for another track, I work on that track. That’s how I work.
What are your plans for 2015 and what are you most excited about?
I have a lot of new releases. I have have [a] new release coming up with BassJackers… really excited about [it]. And one with MAKJ coming up as well…Those things I’m really excited about.
Do you have any production tips?
Just do what want and what you like. And think a lot outside of [the] box. Do something what nobody does. I think that’s the best thing to do.
Are you going to spend any more time in Korea or are you off to another place?
Yeah, tomorrow just hang around in the city and just see something…When I am in a city or when I am touring I really want to do tourist things like see the city and culture and eat the typical food from Korea or from Asia. I really like that.
We want to thank Thomas Newson and his team for setting up the interview. We wish you the best of luck Thomas, and hope to see you again real soon in South Korea! For the entire coverage of the Playhouse Festival, click here. Also, be sure to check out our event photo gallery and our interviews with the other Playhouse Festival artists like Vicetone and Borgore!