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    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      Following the single release of Amateurs, Sleepy Tom gets set to release the Amateurs EP. To celebrate his awaited body of work, a retro style video game has launched alongside fellow EP collaborator Lights, treating fans to a unique and immersive musical experience. 
       
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      “There’s so much cross-pollination going on in music right now, and I think that’s where the excitement is. I want to explore pop song structures, more real instruments, more hooks to create a more accessible and intimate experience for people listening” Meanwhile, the accompanying video game draws on that intimate experience Sleepy Tom speaks so fondly of, producing an arcade skating game around lead EP track Amateurs, set to resonate with fans beyond the music as he and Lights aim to achieve a high score fighting various bosses.

      Having released music on influential labels like Fools Gold and Mad Decent, whilst working with the likes of Zeds Dead, Porter Robinson, and Martin Solveig for official remixes (his remix of Intoxicated surpassed an impressive 7 million streams) Sleepy Tom’s rise has been hard to ignore. His originals have dominated charts including hit single Be Right There alongside powerhouse producer Diplo reaching no.2 overall in the UK. Now sitting firmly in his own lane, Sleepy Tom is no longer following anyone’s else’s rulebook, only the one he’s writing for himself and this chapter is seriously compelling. 
       

      Sleepy Tom – Amateurs EP is out now via eOne.
       
      Amateurs Video game OUT NOW: http://game.sleepytomofficial.com/
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    • GALLEON
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      Sunshine is her real name. We're not shitting you - Sunshine Rosie Trott. Her parents were hippies. Her father lives off-grid in northern New South Wales somewhere. But the well known Melbourne DJ started in Perth.  Everyone has story – a past, a present and an imagined future. But Sunshine’s happens to be like a Hollywood script, except of course no-one has made this up - it’s all real and it spans triumph and tragedy and back again. It’s quite a thing, and she is quite something.
       
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      So what or who inspired you to start DJing in the late 90's? Were there any influencial dj's or records that gave you the bug?
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      You have been playing at Revolver for upwards of 18 years. How did you get your first gig at Revolver and what keeps you coming back each Saturday for Rise & Shine?
      Yeh I have. Its gone so fast. Revolver is definitely my musical home. When I first moved to Melbourne at 16yrs. I would buy records at Hardware and Rhythm and Soul record stores in Prahran and one time I went past revolver during the day and the guy working behind the bar said I could jump on the decks for practice. I was so stoked! Back then I was struggling to save enough cash to buy a pair of my own decks.  From that point on I started going to revs all the time which lead to a few guest spots on Friday early evening and then turned into a Wednesday night midnight residency which i held down for 2years. It was that set where I first learnt about how to build a dance floor playing different genres of music - funk, soul, hip hop, disco, house. Then at the end of that residency a DJ friend of mine Viva L'Amour, who at that time was the Saturday morning resident, invited me down to play and I feel in love with that set. It turned out she was ready to move on so I ended up taking over the spot which is now Rise & Shine.  It's my 16th year of playing every Saturday morning 7am-12pm and I still love playing to the regulars new and old and seeing the enjoyment they get dancing to my favourite music. 
       
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      Yeh thats a name I came up with years ago to explain the overall sound of what I play. Hapno ends up sounding like a fun, energetic, sometimes dark, sometimes joyus experience. I love to play at mixture of techno, soulful house and everything in between but put it together in a way of having no rules, as long as the feeling is the same with both records it doesn't matter what genre they are. My favourite type of vocals are gospel inspired ones and putting techno underneath just takes the energy on the dance floor to the next level.
       
      You recently formed the Disco Faith Choir who accompany you in live performances and sing gospel vocals over instrumentals (and some original productions). How did this come together and how do you guys work together, select tracks to perform and prepare?
      It came about when I was searching for a choir to sing on a track I was writing and I also wanted them to perform at the record release party. It turned out that it was harder than I thought to get a choir to want to perform at 2am so ended up starting my own and teamed up with gun choir leader Shobana Sebastian. After the first performance we did at the record release party I knew this is what I wanted to focus my creative energy on. It felt like a natural progression of my DJ sets adding the live element and bought the DJ sound i'm know for to life in 3D. For each show I put a set together of the perfect music and vocals that I think will have great energy on the dance floor and then Shobana helps bring my vision to life with the choir. Its a lot of fun and hard work leading up to each show.

      You have the new performance coming up in March called Angel Heart.  What can we expect to hear from both yourself and Disco Faith choir at this event?
      I'm so pumped for this. It set to be our biggest show yet. There will be a few favourite tracks in there with a bunch of new stuff two. We will also be performing for the first time our cover of Dreams and another new original called Fighting. 
       
      You consistently push out flawless productions be that originals and remixes. When making records in the studio, how do you work? Where do you start and do you always have the gospel techno vibe in mind?
      Thanks. When I start making any piece of music I make an 8 bar loop that has the guts of the track in it and then develop the arrangement from there. I find i'm way more inspired if i can imagine how the end result will sound. For Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir I do keep the gospel techno vibe in mind although sometimes it turns out more like gospel house with a tech edge depending on the music idea. For Sunshine originals and remixes I work on something until ive come up with a piece of music I'd love to play in my sets which could be anything from house to techno. 
       
      You aren't far off releasing a cover of Fleetwood Mac's seminal classic Dreams. Why did you select this one to release with the choir and who is on remix duties?
      I'm so excited for this to come out. The finished track is better than I could have ever imagined and it was a great experience going in the studio to record it with Jan Skubiszewski.  I've always been a big fan of Fleetwood Mac and in the Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir performances we have been doing a cover of it which works so well with the crowd and inspired us to give our own spin to it.  Ive been testing it out in the club at the moment and it goes offff :)...The original will be released first then I'll start looking at the right fit for remixes.

      Have you looked to overseas performances (Berlin or the like) for your gospel techno excursions?
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      So what's in store for the next 12 months for Sunshine?
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      What would be your top 5 records right now?
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      37000 FEET (Sunshine Remix) By Holmes John and Sante 
       
      Finally, what is something we may not know about you?
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      Thanks Sunshine for chatting with us!
            Sunshine can be seen at every saturday morning at Revolver Upstairs from 7am!
      More info here:  https://www.facebook.com/sunshinethedj
       
      Sunshine and the Disco Faith Choir will appear at their new event "Angel Heart" at 170 Russell on Sunday 10th March 2019
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    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
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