Tommy Trash: My 10 most influential albums

Tommy-Trash-All this week, Australia’s pre-eminent electro-house producer Tommy Trash will be taking over inthemix as Guest Editor to reveal how he became one of Australia’s biggest exports, playing Las Vegas and massive US EDM festivals, and being called in for remixes of Deadmau5, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia and more.

 

As he prepares to return home from his new base in Los Angeles to play Stereosonic, we got Tommy to tell us all about his five best pieces of advice for aspiring young producers and five favourite places to play. For the last article of Tommy’s Guest Editorship, we got him to dish on the ten albums which have influenced him the most (some of them might surprise you). And now, “in no order whatsoever…”

 

Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

 

“Billy Corgan might not have the most beautiful voice in the world, but he sure captured my imagination. I guess he made me feel like, “hey, I can do this too,” and so it began; my high school band playing Smashing Pumpkins covers and writing blatant Smashing Pumpkins copies. I guess it’s safe to say this album shaped my formative songwriting years (and maybe my nasal singing tone). This is probably the only album, apart from Bon Iver, where every single song means something to me, so I can’t really single out highlights. It was also the album that taught me my limited guitar skills!”

 

Blur – The Great Escape

 

“This goes down as my favourite concept album; pretty self-explanatory from the album title. Fronted by the man who’s responsible for Gorillaz and so much more, Blur was Brit Pop at its very best. I guess it really reminded me of a modern day Beatles…even though Oasis used to publicly claim that prize, I always felt Blur were closer. I loved how hopeless the lyrics are throughout this album. No sense of hope, yet the music mostly has the opposite vibe – pure poppy goodness. A total confusion. Charmless Man and Big Country House are perfect examples of this. Some of the gems on this album (like a lot of albums) are the non singles like Yuko and Hiro, so beautiful and quirky, yet so sad.”

 

Full list Tommy Trash: My 10 most influential albums.