Thomas Gandey - formerly referred to by the public at large as Cagedbaby - earnt his stripes making fun-tinged disco house that represented his love for a good party and an uplifting sound. But after the artist reverted back to his Christian name, there doesn't seem to be one particular sound or style that the ecelctic producer settles on. Having toured with the Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Fatboy Slim, he's no stranger to busting out a long line of DJ dates and gigs across the globe's best spots. Releasing on Moda Black, Get Physical, Nurvous and Southern Fried have cemented his place as a versatile producer, even collaborating with Blond:ish and close friend and ally, Radio Slave besides co-producing 'The War of the Worlds - New Generation', Thomas really symbolises the eclectic, undefinable producer to a tee. As he drops his latest EP The Cage on Southern Fried Records, the Berlin resident delivers an on-point ride through some of his favourite recent jams. He's probably had a hand in making some of them...
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Thomas, how has 2013 been panning out for you? 2013 has been a great year so far, i got back into the studio and starting releasing a lot of my own material again. I spent a lot of the last two years working on Production for other artists & took a but if a time out from my own material after the success of the first Thomas Gandey EPs. It was good to take stock and gives you a real drive to get back into it again full swing. Last year I co-produced and mixed 'The War of the Worlds - New Generation ' which was an amazing thing to do and took up most of the year. It was great to focus on something outside your own comfort zone for a bit and learn new skills. To be always learning is to keep you passionate.
Considering you've had a fair amount of releases out already this year, are you balancing this with a hectic DJ schedule? I have a tour of Australia coming up in June and a residency in Ibiza i'm really looking forward to. Also a new residency in this super cool after party in Brighton called J'box. I get to be a bit more choosey about DJ dates these days as I balance my workload with production jobs. Had a great month in Asia in January which I got to travel about in Thailand with some amazing friends That's the best part of the job.
You used to produce and DJ under the moniker Cagedbaby but reverted back to your Christian name - how come? To show a different side to your musical personality? Cagedbaby was more my Electronic Blue Eyed Soul moniker with a sprinkling of Disco. I'd been doing Cagedbaby for quite a few years and did pretty well with it being lucky enough to headline a few festivals and play all over the world. Then I felt like it was time to change and I changed to 'Thomas Gandey' as more of a straight up, upbeat club thing. However over the last year the two have begun to blend and that's why I decided to bring Cagedbaby back ten years after the first release and I've just about finished the new Cagedbaby album that will be coming out on my family Southern Fried later this year. Singing and playing is where i'm most happy and i'm really looking forward dot playing live again as Cagedbaby at Festivals which was where it all began.
Are you still based in the south coast? How is Brighton's clubbing scene shaping up like? I'm a bit of a enigma, location wise these days; I left Brighton in 2008 and moved to the South of France where I built a studio but then I spent a couple of years in Berlin working with Radio Slave who happens to be one of my best mates & finished an album as well which will be released later this year. I also have a studio in Jersey in the Channel islands but I still work a lot in London with artists and of course, travel to DJ. I never lost the travel bug and always have a bag packed and passport handy.
Tell us about this pretty on-point mix for Pulse... does it reflect your personal musical leanings? This mix is what I'm playing out right now coupled with a healthy mix of my own new releases, It ends with 'In the Future' which is my favourite track off the new EP for Southern Fried. It's a deep & heartfelt song with my melodic keyboards riffing all the way through. I hope people like it as I went cosmic on it.
Speaking of music what's coming up on the production front in the next few months after your recent release on Nurvous? Are there bits and pieces coming out across different labels? The next Thomas Gandey EP will be released on Southern Fried soon, that will be Volume 2 of the Cube EP. As I mentioned above I have the new album with Radio Slave, a new Cagedbaby album which i'm very excited about. Also, Sam Maxxi Soundsystem and I have an album's worth of material that we hope to finish and get out including a couple of tracks with his very talented Dad on Saxaphone which is very special. I'm also working more with Zeb Wayne and doing some more guest vocals with Blond:isn and Jaymo and Andy George to name but a few.
You're rather fond of a cheeky re-edit and remix aren't you? What's been our favourites to date? Ha I love a cheeky re-edit. I have a quite a few I pull out of the bag for special DJ sets. When i was a resident for Space Ibiza i'd spend a month each year just doing re edits for the sets so it was always a unique show. Recently I've been re-editing old Weather Report live shows and getting Jaco Pastoriuus bass lines to sit in deep house which has been really interesting. I love working with real bass and have now been working on some old 70's Prog rock with Vangelis on keyboards and Demi Roussos on vocals and bass. I didn't know Greece had such a cool back catalogue.
What are the benefits of releasing on lots of labels? I think the main advantage is that you get to increase your gang and make new friends. Most labels have their own parties these days and it gives you a chance to go and play DJ sets with new people in places and territories you may have never had the chance to be at before. I think its essential these days to expand your catalogue as best you can.
Is it to give you more freedom to explore musical styles? I've always been a bit of a music chameleon, there's a bit of a joke I'm the most diverse producer around, much to the frustration of a lot of people who try to market my music. It makes it much harder to connect to one genre and 'own it' but i've always done this for the love and I'm not a very shrewd businessman, it always kinda just happened. I'm just as happy making house as I am a piece of jazz or a melancholic love song. That's what keeps it fresh.
Finally if you had to choose your favourite genre of track to make what would it be? Its Deep Dech Disco House, I love a Balearic percussive drive but a Nod towards the cosmic jazz sensibility. That's what I've gone for not he new Cagedbaby album and I can't wait to unleash it. I hope you enjoy the pulse mix!
THOMAS GANDEY - INTRO EXP 453
SAMUEL DAN AND GERMAN BRIGANTE - SWEET HOME
JAMMHOT - WICKED WALK
CONSUMED - SASO RECYD MIX
COMPACT GREY - BANE - RON COSTA MIX
TRIKK - FLOORWAVE
BURNSKI - LOST IN THE ZOO - THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS BRONX ZOO MIX
KILL U - DANIEL SANCHEZ - 6 MINIUTES OF MODERN LOOPING
LIUFF SETTANA - ORIGINAL MIX
THE BLACK GHOSTS - FORGETFULLLNESS - SONA VABOS MIX
BLONDISH & THOMAS GANDEY - VOYEUR - JAY SHEPARD & MARTIN DAWSON MIX
SAMUEL DAN & GERMAN BRIGANTE - GOOD TIMES
HECTOR - KING OF THE YARD
PHILIP BADER - GETTING LOST
KAMA SUTRA LOVERS - METAL DRAGON - BLOT REMIX
JORI HULKKONEN AS THIRD CULTURE - BASS IS A MANY SPLEDORED THING - THE MODEL REMIX
THOMAS GANDEY - IN THE FUTURE
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