Inspired by funky sounds and grooves from the 80s yet sculpted into a 21st century unique sound, Thomas Nan is blazing through Spotify playlists and radioshows with his quality productions. Receiving steady support from no other than Martin Garrix, Sam Feldt, Tiësto, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, The Chainsmokers, Laidback Luke and Dutch ra dio stations Radio 538 and SLAM.fm indicate Thomas Nan is more than ready to make his mark on 2021!
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2020 was filled with notable musical highs for the self taught DJ/producer. His twelve (!) releases, varying from an official remix for Lulleaux & Strobe – Limbo (Heartfeldt/Spinnin Records) personal gem Homeless (Mixmash Deep) and the well received remix for Kea nu Silva – Troubles (Mixmash Records) were just a prelude to what Thomas had planned for 2021. His first release of this year was a huge personal milestone: an official remix for Laidback Luke – Dance It Off (Mixmash Records). But, no rest for the wicked since Thomas dropped Don’t Know Me together with Max Vermeulen (Soave Records) a mere month later! All his tracks have a signature sound to them that is typically Nan, but more importantly, they contain an undeniable catchiness you can only hear in Thomas’ relea ses.
– Sam Feldt remix Home Sweet Home
Every tune Nan drops is definitely a step up and a huge opportunity presented itself when Thomas got his hands on Sam Feldt – Home Sweet Home. Sam fell in love with the viby spin Thomas gave to his track and got released as an official Thomas Nan remix on Heartfeldt/Spinnin Records this (March/April/May). Already receiving support from xx and xx this one will surely be heard in playlists and livesets all summer long!
With musical inspiration reaching beyond dance genres, modern day influences from The Weekend and Dua Lipa are mixed with an eclectic grooviness you can only find in the 80s. Blending these influences with Thomas his own creativity creates a sound that is not only main-stage material but also 100% radio ready.
In hindsight, 2019 productions like Neighborhood (+1M plays), Left Alone (+580K plays) – both on Soave Records – or the future house Feel It on Panther’s Groove (+750K plays) already displayed Thomas Nan’s skills in the studio. While his signature sound has evol ved, all tracks showcase stellar production skills and boost that recognisable funky Tho mas Nan flavour.
Making the connection
Thomas got an early taste of what it was like to spin in a big club when he was still in high school. Starting out in Amsterdam’s renowned club De Melkweg his first DJ set was a fact back in 2014. Add to this his most recent appearances in Sam Feldt’s Goodbye 2020 ce lebration and Insomniac pres. Laidback Luke & Friends liveset, it shows that Thomas is enjoying every minute behind the decks. Making an energetic connection with his audien ce is important to him and not only when he is DJing. His online following is a daily gro wing dedicated fanbase who connect and relate with Thomas on a very personal level. These personal qualities define him as an artist making him unique in a very humble and down to earth way.
The first beats
Like many great musical narratives Thomas his story started in his bedroom fooling around with some production programs. Being heavily influenced by his older brother, who listened to Avicii and the Swedish House Mafia, at the age of 14 Thomas quickly rea lised creating music was something else. It sparked something inside him. Regular school assignments seemed useless when there was so much to explore in the realm of music production and DJ-ing. The next logical step? Skip the usual path laid out for boys his age and pursue his musical dreams. Working hard in his home studio got him accepted onto the renowned Herman Brood Academy in The Netherlands. In the years that follo wed he worked on his personal style and skills before eventually graduating in 2020. Hungry for more knowledge, Thomas is now enrolled at the conservatory in Haarlem (NL) which educates him further to become an even more evolved and skilled producer.
What the future holds
When you combine Thomas Nan’s production skills with his creative musical mind and top it off with an engaging personality on and off stage, you look at the future of the dance industry. Receiving huge support from influential colleagues on his releases that boost a unique groovy signature sound, Thomas Nan his story is not just unfolding – it is quickly becoming a pageturner you don’t want to put down!