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    Producer, DJ and musician, Tommy Trash

    DJ Tommy Olsen brings his unique sound and eclectic discography to the city

    Producer, DJ and musician, Tommy Trash, took the EDM scene by storm in 2006 and has grown to become one of the biggest names in dance music. He has dominated charts and dance floors with hits, including the iconic The End and Reload. And despite being jet-lagged and hungry, he talks about his weirdness coming out in his distinct music, hit songs, influences and the quest to find the perfect butter chicken.

    Producer to DJ
    As a producer you are slaving in the studio. DJing allows you the satisfaction of playing your own music. That said, I cannot see myself not creating music, so if forced to choose, I’d pick being a producer over DJing.

    The End as an iconic hit
    I never dreamed of it. It was the end of my journey in Australia at the time. It was the first time I took a risk with my music and went with my gut instinct, despite people’s advice. It was a great life lesson. And the beginning of a new start.

    Classical music at university
    Piano and orchestra is what I did earlier. But when choosing a career, I couldn’t see myself sitting at the back of an orchestra forever. I began listening to house music and got into EDM. It wasn’t an over-night process. It took some time.

    The story behind the name
    I originally made trance music with a band and we were called Trashthetic. When I branched out on my own and Ministry of Sound asked my DJ name, I instinctively responded with Tommy Trash. They loved it and it stuck.

    On working with Tiesto
    It’s a bit surreal. I remember watching DVDs of his performances because he was very influential in my career. He’s so helpful and generous. It’s great to be able to pick up the phone to chat, hang out and have Jaeger shots with him.

    Tryst with India
    More than anything else, I desperately want to eat butter chicken. I used to eat it in Sydney a lot, so I am looking forward to making a comparison with the real thing.

    The upcoming gig
    Expect intense hair flying. I’m going to be playing new songs, many of which haven’t been heard before. Most of the gig will have my own music.

    10 years from now
    I don’t know where I will be or whom I will be with. The only guarantee, if I am alive, is that I will make music forever.
    At Hotel Royal Orchid, HAL Airport Road. Tickets (Rs 1,350)
    at bookmyshow.com

    —Aakanksha Devi


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