I’m always interested in presenting new talent, so I decided to start a new series of artist interviews, called “Mind scan”. A promising young artist caught my attention at Budi Voogt‘s webinar. I thought it would be fun to do an interview with him.
Tell us a bit about yourself – who are you, and how would you describe yourself as an artist?
“Well, my name is Thomas Thanasi. I am a producer/DJ. I have been producing music for the past 4 years and DJing for 8. I call myself an electronic music producer due to the fact that I try not to create one certain style of music. I create what I like.”
How you got into producing and DJing?
“I started DJing just after high school. I began listening to electronic music when I was 15 (i’m 24 now). Artists that I grew up with were Avicii (in his early days before his fame), Axwell, (& the SHM group), Deadmau5, Benny Benassi. About 4 years after DJing, I got my first demo copy of Fruity Loops. Tinkered around with it and that didn’t go anywhere. Several months later I tried Ableton and that’s where it began.”
What are you working on right now?
“As we speak, I am finishing up a vocal track with a female singer from Australia. I should have it wrapped up within the week. I also have 3 finished tracks that are ready for release.”
How do you plan to stand out from the masses? What’s your specialty as an artist?
“The way I plan to stand out is to continue to make what I think is good. I try not to get influenced by the fads that come and go. Creating original content is my main goal. I think my specialty is my catchy melodies and intro’s.”
Which artists’ careers do you admire? Who would you like to work with?
“The artists that I admire are Axwell, Steve Angello, Tommy Trash, Eric Prydz and Florian Picasso. Ultimately, I would love to work with Axwell & Steve Angello and many more.”
Which social media is the most natural to you, and why?
“Social media that is most natural to me is Instagram. Personally, I love photography and cinematography so it comes easy to me. The most important though is SoundCloud. This is where I get a high percentage of my music heard.”
Do you have a social media content strategy, or do you just post random thoughts?
“I do have a strategy. I always try to post high quality images and keep a certain “look”. I like to be professional. Also, I am planning a release schedule for my music which will allow my fanbase to grow much quicker.”
Do you utilise any social media tools, such as Buffer, Crowdfire or Hootsuite? If so, have you had any good experiences using them? Any tips to share?
“The only tool I have been using is instagram follower to track my unfollowers, HubSpot email tracker, Fangates for my music. That’s all I have used so far. Tips? Maybe don’t use email tracker because it might drive you crazy when you see not many people respond to your emails.”
What marketing methods are you using right now?
“I don’t really have any marketing methods at the moment…I just go with the flow.”
Which marketing skill you’re particularly looking forward to mastering (if any)?
“I want to master branding my image.”
How far ahead do you plan your future? What are the next steps in your artist career?
“I am still setting up my main plan. I would say I am planning up to 3-6 months until I can become more recognized as an artist. Next steps are to have a constant steady stream of releases to keep my fans happy!”
Which of your tracks you’re most proud of? Let’s hear some…
“I am proud of many tracks!
Here is my latest remix release
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Hysteria is also on my favourites
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The one I am finishing up right now which is still unreleased and also 2 other unreleased tunes. Would love to show them but I’ll have to wait.
Thank you, Thomas, and best of luck with your career!