Tom Trago's relationship with music is particularly intense. "I couldn't imagine life without music," he says. "I feel this physical need to make music every day. It's like my body needs it as much as it needs food, water or sunshine."
Right now, Trago's immersion in music is almost total. An internationally renowned DJ, producer, live performer and label owner with three critically acclaimed albums to his name, the Dutchman divides his time between all-day studio sessions, DJ gigs and live shows all over the world, and a steady stream of musical collaborations with friends from Amsterdam and beyond. You sometimes wonder how he finds any time for sleep.
His dedication to the cause has been unflinching since his earliest years. He grew up in a free-spirited, artistic household, surrounded by music and encouraged to make his own. Due to suffering from juvenile chronic arthritis, he couldn't get out of the house much, so entertained himself by recording his own home-made radio shows using the weird and wonderful albums he found in his parents' record collection.
Fast forward to 2013, and Tom is a man in demand. Aside from preparing for an extended live tour in support of his new album The Light Fantastic, he continues to run his Voyage Direct label and parties (a showcase for Dutch house music, named after his 2009 debut album) and still pours his heart and soul into making new tracks. He excitedly talks about ideas for musical projects – from film soundtracks to audiovisual performances and straight-up club tracks – while preparing for DJ sets in Ibiza, London or New York.
His immersion in music may be total, but Tom Trago's musical journey is far from complete. In fact, it's only just begun.