There’s an argument to made for whether or not there’s a moment when an artist can say he “made it.” In the case of DJ/producer/musician George Thoms, the Toronto-based music man knew he’d finally started living his dream the moment he was able to quit his day job about five years ago. So why exactly is he hanging out in the Toronto Life Square’s food court? We caught up with the fascinating renaissance man of the music industry to find out more…
Give us a snippet about you. What should people know?
Hey! I am a DJ/producer/musician/nice dude from Toronto, Ontario!
At what age did you get into music and know this is what you wanted to do?
I would say it was my pre-teens – 11 or 12-ish. I stopped playing hockey and got a drum kit. I thought it was awesome. Until the last four or five years I had to maintain some sort of a normal job. Now music is what I do.
Who is your favourite DJ in the world and why?
Loaded Question! Lets go with… I could do a top 30… but I’m going to do three here: Skratch Bastid is a monster Canadian turntablist and also looks like he has the most fun when he is DJing. Eskei83 from Germany came second (I believe) in last year’s Red Bull Thre3style Championship. Just a beast of a DJ. Brains4brkfst… he got me to take DJing seriously. He can rock a party and can read a room like no one I’ve ever met.
Finish this sentence: I love Toronto because…
…it’s my home and where the people I care about are, and the food – there is too much good food here.
Where do you go and what do you do when you need inspiration?
I write on my laptop on the go all the time. When I need inspiration, I’ll just hop on a streetcar and see where I end up. Very often I go to Yonge and Dundas Square. There is a food court on the third floor in the northeast corner with windows that overlook Yonge Street. I’ll grab a coffee and a little pastry, throw my headphones on, and just look out the window and work.
What are three things you simply cannot live without?
My Macbook, coffee, and cigarettes (ironically).
What’s your favourite restaurant?
La Carnita. It’s a rad taco joint on College Street in Toronto. There is always great hip-hop playing, the food is insane, and the atmosphere is awesome.
What’s your favourite drink and where do you go to get it?
I may have to do three on this one as well. In Toronto, Jonathan Crosson makes a mean Rob Roy at Montauk, and Robin Goodfellow’s Fifth Element knocks my socks off at Ursa. For coffee, I love Parlour in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They put drugs in their coffee – it’s the only explanation.
Who’s your favourite designer/brand?
Villains & Co. I love Jay Villains’ designs. I would say four out of seven days of the week I’m wearing something of his. His clothes are urban and rad, and tons of people in the industry bite his sh*t, which I find humourous. Great family, too.
Let’s get social for a mo’. How can people stay up-to-date with all your city-trotting?
I’m married to my phone so I’m all about social media. Generally, Facebook is an easy bet, but if you are more into looking at pictures then Instagram will be better for you. However, if you like reading quick snippets in less than 140 characters, maybe Twitter is more up your alley. In any case if you like music you should swing by soundcloud.com/georgethoms and take a listen to some mixtapes and other stuff I have up on there!