THE BIRDHOUSE 131: Tom Flynn Interview

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This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, I have a special guest and long time Dirtybird collaborator Tom Flynn taking over the guest mix. Tom signed a few records to Dirtybird circa 2010 and 2011, and since has gone on to have releases on major imprints from Hot Creations to Circus Recordings. Tom Flynn has always demonstrated a refreshing take on house and techno and his guest mix is no different. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety and originality of his track selection, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Check out Tom Flynn's guest mix and BIRDHOUSE Questionnaire below.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I think by DJ’ing from an early age, i was a DJ way before i was a producer, now i see both equally, but it began i guess by collecting records which led to producing. I really came in around the time that producing records got you exposure, which wasn’t my intent, i was just making tracks because i was interested in these weird sounds.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m from Birmingham England, i don’t think it has any influence on my sound to be honest. We live in a time now where there is less and less sounds related to ares, there’s still some sure. Now a days people are so exposed to different scenes, you can go online and in less than a minute find everything you need to know about making romanian hip hop and get started making it. It’s not a good thing i think. It’s too easy for people to look at what’s hot and copy it, music isn’t about that. It’s about experimenting, having your vision and coming up with something that’s your own path. To each their own.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Not much to be honest, because this is what i love. You get frustrated loads for sure, but not quit. The frustration comes from not being able to make good records, that was really annoying in the beginning. I would make tracks all night, then the next day listen to them in the car test and you’d think no no that sucks! Back to the lab. Over and over until you get the sound you want.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

Tough question, probably one of the Rob Papen plugin synths.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Worthy and Claude VonsSroke. They genuinely had the weirdest off the chart sounds. I would sit there all night programming banks of sounds in my synth that sounded like them. It was a great learning tool. I’d say to anyone out there learning, copy stuff to learn, but don’t release it. There’s nothing wrong with copying your heroes so long as its to learn from them. People want to hear you, not you copying someone.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

I meditate, go to the gym, do stuff totally different to my normal routine. Maybe go for a walk somewhere or watch some TV. I rarely get to watch any TV so when i do it’s quite a relaxing thing.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

The studio and in a DJ booth.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I do all my own artwork for my label, Into Orbit, i really like checking out Art and Fashion, keeping my eye in those worlds.

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Purple I guess? Can you have a least favorite colour? lol I don’t think I’ve ever thought about that before!

Favorite and least favorite words?

No idea at all lol

Favorite animal?

Cute little dogs

Favorite board game?

Monopoly

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Dark Chocolate. 85%

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Britney Spears - me against the music

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Illegal Warehouse

Biggie or Tupac?

Tupac

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Exercise