The potted history of Tom Demac goes a little like this…
As a youth in Wales, he caught the electronic bug from older friends and soon found himself raving at free parties in the woods.. After this muddy introduction, experiences got more credible with bi-weekly pilgrimages to The Orbit and Atomic Jam - returning to muck about with a four track in a friend’s garage.
Sadly, adulthood kicked in and so young Tom plunged into a Music Tech course at Salford University, ultimately spending the following years honing his record collection with frequent trips to hallowed vinyl outlet Eastern Bloc in Manchester. Promoting parties had also seeped into his day to day at this point, as had running his own label, Electronique Audio, with a small but perfectly formed techno back catalogue now a fond memory.
After an unfulfilling time in ‘proper’ employment, Tom decided to dive headfirst and full time into music, locking himself away with no windows, some synths, pots of coffee and cigarettes. Soon the result began to surface on labels like Murmur, Four: Twenty and Morris Audio, but the real breakthrough came with landmark releases on scene leading label Hypercolour and its more boutique offshoot, Glass Table.
Tracks like ‘Critical Distance Pt 2’ and those from the Obstructing the Light EP became ubiquitous in their year of release, each one demonstrating Demac’s knack for kinked grooves, slaying bass-lines and rich analogue textures. Part house, part techno, they exhibit serious sound design, almost anthemic in nature but being wholly underground at the same time. This turning point was marked in the media with glowing features, interviews and mixes commissioned by influential e-zines Resident Advisor and XLR8R. Even british broadsheet The Sun couldn’t resist getting their slice of the man who has played ‘live’ everywhere from fabric to the warehouse project, on Boiler Room and all across both Europe and South America in recent months.
The said live set frequently changes, each show bringing a constant and intense wall of sound, blending a fine balance of vintage drums, ripping analogue synth lines and contemporary grooves into something wholly new and exciting.
…Tom Demac is by no means a new talent – the man has been in the game a decade now – but is someone very much shaping the modern scene. And rightly so.