Words By: Emily Tsai
At just twenty years young, Tomas Heredia of Buenos Aires, Argentina has already begun commanding respect from the dance community.
His first release on Armada this January, a remix of Jorn Van Deynhoven’s Spotlight, kicked off a busy 2012 with releases on Armada sub-labels Captivating Sounds, Armind and Re*Brand, most notable of which are his remixes of Rank 1, Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren’s Witness as well as his own track Montana.
Having already received immense praise from the King of Trance himself, Tomas has earned worldwide recognition through Armin van Buuren’s sets and A State of Trance radio shows alike, moving on more recently to play at Ultra Music Festival in Buenos Aires and multiple Armada Nights in Argentina.
In a world of increasingly commercialized tunes, Tomas brings a well-rounded set of fresh trance sounds to the decks, ranging from dancing-into-the-sunset uplifting to the more dance-floor-banging progressive. With a talent as raw as Tomas’s, it’s only a matter of time until this rising star gets his own slot in the famed ASOT world tours.
Electronic Dance Magazine had the opportunity to ask the young Tomas himself some questions:
What first sparked your interest in EDM?
Well, as a child I used to listen to electronic composers such as Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. Also a bit of Kraftwerk as well. Then I started to listen to dance music and trance was the first style I got into.
How did you first get started in DJing/producing, and how old were you?
I started to make music when I was 10 years old, then at the age of 16 I started to produce dance music.
How has trance influenced your life?
Trance has become a daily part of my life. When I wake up, I work out and then go straight to producing music. So I think trance is like my new life.
Your productions have a wide variety of sounds, ranging from uplifting to techy to progressive trance. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Well I draw my inspiration from weather. One big part of my inspiration is the rain: if it rains, it gives me a lot of inspiration and I don’t know why! Also, whenever I go out to a festival, it inspires me as well. I think inspiration is where your feelings are most exposed and you have to use as much as you can of those feelings.
Can you describe the EDM scene in Argentina for our readers? What is the dominant genre there?
Today it’s a bit confusing. Trance now is getting a lot bigger, but if you would have asked me this question a few months ago, I’d have said Tech House. Trance is really big here right now.
The scene here is very young. People are just starting to approach dance music and one good thing here is that all the producers and DJs are friends so it makes working together much easier.
How does the constant evolution of trance affect your productions?
Well, not much because my style is composing 50% of old trance music and 50% of new influences on dance music, so I feel like it’s not much. I always try to do that, 50% of old school and 50% of new styles.
In February, you announced that due to personal reasons you would not be able to continue producing. What changed and gave lucky fans the chance to continue experiencing your music?
I had some family issues and I felt that I had to give up on music for my family for a while but then life gave me another chance to not have to quit making music. It was a big mistake from me by trying to leave what I love most in the life.
What is your stance on Paris Hilton becoming a DJ?
I think anyone can be a DJ; if I’m a DJ why can’t others be? So for me, it’s ok. I won’t follow her because I don’t have any interest in her but for me, it’s no big deal. I’ve heard worse DJs so she is forgiven.
If you could open for or perform with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would like to perform with Deadmau5. To me, Deadmau5 is the best producer; he’s always one step ahead.
If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?
This is a good question! Really deep…the way I would like to spend my last day would be (after saying goodbye to my family) in a forest or a wide open field, playing piano until I can’t play anymore. There’s no meaning in my life without music.