The West Coast producer brings us down online rabbit holes
Dazed Faves It’s the series where we talk about everything online – that surreal meme account you’re obsessed with, weird conspiracy theory subreddits, ASMR YouTubes or slime Instagrams.
Tomu DJ creates dreamy soundscapes using elements of ambient and footwork to create elegant compositions that manage to be hypnotic, unifying and beautifully intimate despite his somewhat disparate influences. After releasing a series of EPs on Bandcamp throughout 2019 and 2020, all of which were taken down, the Bay Area producer released his debut in 2021. Feminist, an intimate record drifted somewhere between ambient and techno, with new-age synths and delicate pop melodies. A cutting edge footwork crew inspired by DJ Rashad’s sophomore album, Teklife Half Moon Bay Following a similar format with soft, euphoric tracks designed to soothe you, the following year arrived and featured fellow footwork artists Dj Manny and SUCIA!
He released his latest offering on Bandcamp If you’re so cool, how come no one likes you? It leans more towards the environment, using themes of grief and Tom’s own struggles with mental health. “I often feel this pressure to only show people the most select parts of myself like I do on the internet, but it was liberating to share a raw and emotional project that describes where I really am and have people connect with it. ,” she says. “Sometimes I feel lost and frustrated, but I’m still grateful to be here and to have endured everything I’ve had so far.”
Although he is primarily regarded as an online artist, Tomu describes his relationship with the internet as difficult, sometimes even stressful. “Sometimes I’d like to enjoy the internet as many people seem to. It’s not that I don’t enjoy spending hours on YouTube as much as the next person or whatever, I just think I’m really sensitive and not built to take in information at that rate. But, he says, “at the end of the day, I’m really thankful for every person I’ve been able to connect with in real life through music and the internet, and everyone who listens to my music.”
Tom: Last year I found myself going into 70’s music, especially Donna Summer. I don’t think I can say much about this song. I also got really reacquainted with Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder. The classics never fail me!
Tom: I finally looked Posture this year on FX. Everyone in the cast is absolutely killing it and it’s a refreshing and exhilarating watch. I know I only watched it recently, but it’s hard not to call it an all-time favorite. I have also thoroughly enjoyed myself recently Atlanta, Better yet, call Sauland Invalid (also Awkward Black Girl on YouTube!)
Tom: This is definitely one of the most useful things I’ve found on the internet. It’s rare that a web series has helped me as much as this series has in my regular life. He has a wide variety of recipes and possibly the best taste in royalty free music I’ve ever seen.
MONSTERS LIVE JUST LIKE HUMANS, SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN, I’VE TASTE EVERYTHING, I’M DISAPPOINTED.
— Vietnam Crystal (@VietnamCrystal) January 11, 2023
Tom: My favorite Twitter account @VietnamCrystal. It’s super niche, but it always reminds me of when I was a kid playing Chinese Pokémon cartridges and they were always the funniest thing ever. Come to think of it, I learned English partly from them.
Tom: My favorite memory is Ink Pooh Bear. I almost used it as an album cover, but I didn’t because I didn’t want to get sued. This is one of those rare memories that is extremely appropriate for almost any occasion. No need to explain anything about this, but it’s funny as hell. I’m actually laughing as I play this out in my head.
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