Thomas Newson is about to be the biggest name in electronic music
Thomas Newson may be a relative newcomer to the dance music scene -- although he's been DJing for the past five years, he's only gone international in the last two years -- but he's already making a major mark on the industry. With his monster-hit "Flute" and a collection of internationally acclaimed tracks, Newson has been dubbed one of the leading forces in electronic music. We're willing to bet the young Austrian DJ will soon be a household name.
So if you haven't gotten him on your radar yet, consider a change. We caught up with the talented producer at this year's Ultra Music Festival in Miami where we asked him about his burgeoning music career. Ahead, we spoke exclusively to Thomas Newson about his very first Ultra performance, who he believes is the next big up and comer in electronic music, and more!
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This is your very first Ultra gig -- how are you feeling?
I'm not really that nervous, just a little. But I'm also very excited.
How do you prepare for the show?
I've been in the studio for three months specifically making music for Ultra and I'm going to play all my new ideas. I going to play a lot of new music and that's exciting.
Have you ever been to Miami before?
Last year was the first time for me and I was in the crowd watching the Main Stage last year; it was so sick.
What do you like about Ultra or Miami in general?
The weather, of course! It's a really nice energy too.
How long have you been DJing?
I started when I was fifteen, so for six years now, but I've only been doing it internationally for the past two years. I started in my bedroom making music. My dad is a DJ as well and so I grew up with dance music and I think that was what helped me become a DJ myself, since I was exposed to it growing up.
What other people have inspired you?
Hardwell. He discovered me in 2013 and he really liked my DJ sets and took me under his wing.
How do you interact with your fans on social media or in person?
I take as much time as I can to interact with my fans. I posts a lot of photos and I'm on Snapchat as well now. I try to reply to them as much as I can on social media. The interaction is really important to me.
What' the craziest fan interaction you've ever had?
One time when I was in Manilla this girl just started crying when she saw me and that was pretty crazy.
What has been the most memorable gig you've played?
Hopefully this one! I played Tomorrowland two times, and I loved it. I also really loved playing in Asia. And of course, the bus tour -- that was the best experience I've had in my life. Normally you tour by plane, but there's so many of you own a bus and after two weeks you have such a good connection with each other and you become family almost.
Who do you think are up-and-comers in the music scene that people should look out for?
I think Yellow Claw. The music they're putting out right now is really picking up speed and becoming popular in America.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I really like what Atlantis is doing right now so I would love to work with them in the future, it would be amazing.
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