We've once again partnered with Revealed Family to bring you an interview with the incredible Dutch duo, Tom & Jame. With incredible releases under their belt on labels such as Revealed Recordings, Spinnin' Records, Heldeep, Fonk Recordings, Wall Recordings, and Maxximize Records, they've certainly left a strong imprint on the EDM scene with their ever-evolving sound and creative tracks. Continue reading to learn more about their upcoming track, working with vocalists, and their thoughts on how Spotify has changed the industry.
Congratulations on the release of your latest track with AEMES called "No Hard Feelings!" Tell us about what went on behind the scenes and what motivated you to return to progressive house for this track!
Thanks so much! We're really happy with how the track turned out and that it's finally released. The idea for this track was to create some real summer vibes. So that means happy vibes in the melody and the vocal but also an energetic and uplifting drop! We've made this track around the same time we did the remix for Nervo's "What Would You Do For Love." It was a small idea which we laid down in the same project. A while later, we found this idea and build a whole track around it. We've had multiple vocals for this track, but they were all a bit too dark for the vibe we were looking for. The "No Hard Feelings" vocal really fit the vibe we wanted to go for and complimented the track in a really nice way!
Speaking of styles, you've been rotating between big room, groove, progressive house, and future house for as long as I can remember, making your own signature take on each of these genres. How do you go about creating your signature sounds and evolving them over time?
Over the years, you've released tracks with truly iconic vocals with your last four tracks all featuring original vocals including some from our past interviewee, Kris Kiss! What is your songwriting process like to make the most out of your collaborations?
Taking a break to look back over your incredible discography, what are three songs that you feel had the most impact on your careers and development as artists?
Good question! The most of our tracks are really important to us, otherwise we won't release it! But some of the tracks are extra special to us.
How do you guys feel that Spotify has changed the way artists operate in this current day. What effects have you seen and felt from this shift?
Streaming changed the music scene a lot in our opinion. Suddenly making songs more listener friendly was really important, and it still is to this today. It changed the perspective from what do DJ's play on festivals or clubs to what is popular in Spotify playlists. Also vocals became even more important on songs, because if you have a really great vocal, more people will probably hear your track on Spotify. Of course as an artist, you have to deal with that in your own way.
Trying to gain as much plays as possible on your tracks on Spotify is a difficult task that everybody tries to do in the best way they can, but the BIG playlists only have a few spots open so you always have to hope they pick yours. We think we adapted by focusing even more on working with songwriters and vocalists to create something unique. We think "Amigo" is a great example of that: a club track but with a very catchy vocal that makes it stand out from the rest.
Looking towards the future, where can we expect the Tom & Jame sound to go next?
We're busy with so much new music coming up! We feel like it's the typical Tom & Jame Sound but upgraded with a new flavour We are now making more of the typical, good club vibe. When we both started making music and clubbing, we really fell in love with that club sound. Trying to combine that with vocals and good beats in a 2019 way is what you can expect from us. Still groovy and energetic as always!
âNext to that, we spend a lot of time on our own platform on Patreon. There, we help new talent getting to the next level by giving them our own sample packs every month, giving very detailed feedback as much as they want, and a lot of pro tips about building their own career/brand. It's a really fun community and we see a lot of results with our Patrons! Some really good talent have joined us there that have releases on some of the bigger labels like Revealed. We've made a track with 15 people there which we'll release soon, so keep an eye out on our socials because we will drop it soon! Music wise, we've first the release of "No Hard Feelings," which we are really excited about. We hope everybody loves it as much as we do!
Thank you so much to Tom & Jame for taking the time to answer our questions! Be sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming track on Revealed Recordings May 3rd and follow them on their social pages below!
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