Slowly emerging from the depths of Australia is Thomas Jack. If you aren’t familiar with his work, he has coined the term “tropical house,” a niche market of electronic music dedicated to sun-kissed melodies. Using a variety of acoustic sampling and melodic leads, Thomas Jack has created a fresh new minimalistic sound to house music that has become lost in the rise of deep house.
With songs like Symphony, Thomas Jack infuses the aspects of jazz and funk, giving his music an authentic realness that surpasses many other house producers. Discussing his influences, Thomas Jack says that “jazz and exotic tropical instruments influence me in the musical realm. I find them both unique and interesting and really enjoy incorporating unusual sounds into my music. In a sense I am crafting a new style that I can call my own.”
Listening to any of his tracks, it’s prevalent of where his influences come from, saying that “it’s hard to pinpoint where exactly he finds inspiration, but that a lot of stimulation comes from his home back in Australia.” Through the last couple of years, the melting pot of talents in Australia has slowly emerged into North American airwaves, creating a plethora of new burgeoning artists into the manifold of electronic music.
With his debut in Vancouver, Thomas Jack brought together blends of deep, tech and ghetto house in a revelry of head bobs and swaying bodies. Summer was in the air as Thomas Jack laid out song after song, transporting us to a beachside excursion with songs like Booka Shake and Down Under. Through his ability to create an atmosphere of pulsating rhythms and summery vibes, Thomas Jack has proven that he’s in it for the long haul. As he says, some producers choose to create “a sound that has become trendy so everyone starts producing it. But nothing really comes of the copycats.”
– Vanessa Wong