Tim Tailor is an Austrian DJ and Producer who has had releases on Playbox Music and Puregold Records. He has been an active DJ since 2009 and plays more than 90 gigs annually.
How did it all start for you?
I first came across EDM at the age of twelve. I think my story is a pretty classic one: I had role models who played on the radio every week and I wanted to become a DJ just like them. About two years after that, I built a small studio so that I could venture into production as well. I worked year after year and suddenly I was being supported by big names like VINAI and Tommy Trash to name just a few.
How did you come across the name “Tim Tailor”?
I couldn’t really tell you if I wanted to because it came to me randomly seven years ago and I’ve been on tour with it ever since. I just thought of it and it stuck with me
What would you define as your first big break?
I would have to say it was when I got my first club gig when I was fifteen. I just reached out to friends and bookers and things just fell into place. It’s been a great honor to be surrounded by these people that have supported me from the beginning. Since then, I've been on the road every weekend!
What sort of preparation do you do for your live sets?
I usually plan ahead by compiling a list of tracks I could play. However, since each city is a bit different in their genre preferences and whatnot, the preparation changes every time. It all comes down to the place and the event. Other than that, I try to be well rested on the day of the show because the nights are usually very long!
How do you find all of the music to include in your sets?
I get my music through promos from DJs or labels and through platforms like Beatport, iTunes, Demodrop and so on.
What have been some of your most memorable moments on stage?
I had this one gig with about a thousand people in attendance, and right in the middle of the show, this guy spilled beer all over one of my players! I had to finish the set with just one player so that will definitely be something I never forget! Another memorable story happened just a few months ago in Germany. Right after I finished my set, the audience started chanting my name and applauding and just going crazy! I couldn’t even believe it! Pure goosebumps! It just means so much to me every time I see my friends and fans in the front row of my shows and to have them and the rest of the crowd chant my name was so surreal and humbling!
You seem to have taken a break from production with over 4 months having passed since your last release, are you planning on releasing anything in the near future?
That's right, I’ve had a pretty long break without releases but don’t worry! I'm working on many new things like some collabs with some very well known artists; there will definitely be some more new music coming out in 2018! It's going to be a big year!
What can you tell us about your process for creating a track?
I find inspirations when I'm on the road, eating with friends, or even when I'm just in a good mood. There is no pattern I really follow, like sometimes I start with the drop, sometimes with the break or the intro. So the process is always different but the work ethic stays the same. Whenever I work, it is usually very long in the studio.
What does an average day in the life of Tim Tailor look like?
During the week, wake up very early and have my cup of coffee to start off the day. Then I check my e-mails and reply to requests. After that, I try to do sports; I like to run, swim or go mountaineering. But of course, the music is always in the foreground. It is very important to always be up to date on the latest trends so I am constantly looking for new music. When the day is over, the studio is usually where I’ll be because I can fully unleash my creativity. If I’m not in the studio, I like to do something with friends in the evening. On the weekends, my focus is on gigs. Most of the time I'm in the car, in the train, or on the plane traveling to my gigs.
Anyone you want to make a shout out to?
Of course! I want to give a big thank you to my friends, family, fans and supporters. Without you, I would be nothing.
Do you have any secrets you’d like to pass on to other producers?
Yes! If you are a beginner, remember that it takes years to become a good producer. The most important thing is that you never give up on achieving your goals!
A big thank you to Tim Tailor for taking the time to answer our questions! To stay up to date on his latest gigs and releases, be sure to follow his social media channels below!
Chris W. Lao
DJ, Writer, and Student
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