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Tom Thanks: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Parenthood. Some of the most inspirational people I’ve met were transformed through circumstances that they had absolutely no control over… but they persevered. The perseverance being the mark of greatness not the achievement itself. Personally, I have given up on many things I shouldn’t have, mostly out of apathy, boredom, laziness or fear. I have a strange feeling that these vices will take a back seat when I enter fatherhood (in the distant future). I could never give up on a child.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I suppose that’s for others to decide.

Why do you do what you do?

I’d love to say I do what I do because I love doing it, but I think most of my actions stem from a need to be accepted and to have a place. I’m not a lazy person and find value in building things. I love the feeling I receive when I piece together a great set at a packed club but I think I could be just as happy, if not happier, living a simple life, perhaps in a simpler time. I am enjoying my path but if I could do whatever I wanted, perhaps I would be working a different job everyday, or even better, not have a career at all. In the end, I do what I do because I can and I’m valued for it. If I didn’t have to, maybe I wouldn’t. I’d just be. If everything necessary in life were provided I’d be happy just focusing on relationships with the people I care about and leaving the mind-boggling logistics of our complex society behind.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Becoming a DJ was sort of natural. I was always a leader when it came to facilitating a good time. I always, and still do, have a desire to seek out the people who aren’t having a good time and turn them on.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Fear seems to be the most ramped inhibitor when it comes to anything relating to progress or success. When I realized that attention spans were smaller and less prevalent than any self conscious hyperawareness I had, I was able to freely play music without really worrying about playing the wrong song or messing up on a transition. As a DJ you have to mess up a bunch of times before realizing that as long as the next track fits and your perceptive to what peoples expectations are, you’ll be okay. Clearly you have to practice and know the technical end, but in order to get there you have to realize that dance floors have amnesia and live in the direct moment. Knowing this enables you to try things, experiment and ultimately develop.  

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My parents gave me most of what I have in the tool shed. My best friend Adam gave me most of my early inspirations. The guy is a genius. We still get together and come up with the wildest musical ideas together. As a DJ I definitely get asked to help others who are aspiring to play clubs. I mostly just try to encourage them to be themselves and find what works best for them.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Being too passive was always something that prevented me from getting what I wanted. I wasn’t enough of a competitor when I was younger or perhaps I would have ended up playing hockey. I’ve learned that most successes in life blossom from developing and working out some form of advantage. Being better at something then others. This wasn’t always a motivator for me. I was never okay with being first or leaving friends behind, but I suppose as I got older I realized that those who care want you to meet with your potential, regardless of whether it separates you. Laziness with a self-medicating optimistic twist.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

Lots of summer gigs, events and shows. Working on my production and hope to have 4 or 5 songs done by the end of the summer. Also working on some acoustic projects. Some big travel plans in the works as well for what will be the trip of my life to date (Europe and Asia).

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Always forgive. Let go of hate, anger and contempt. Contribute what you can and be thankful for what you’re given as it can all be taking away at the blink of an eye.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Thanks for reading and picking my brain! Follow Babes and Gents!

Tom Thanks: Profile

Full name

Joel Daniel Marshall

Age

29

Place of Birth? (city, country)

London, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Ottawa, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Kingston, Canada

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

DJ

How long have you been doing it?

8 Years

Fav Song

First and last songs of the day…

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

John Mayer, Zhu, The Strokes, Justice, Led Zeppelin

Fav Movie

The Labyrinth, Almost Famous

Fav Actor/Actress

John Wayne

Fav Clothing brand

Quiet Life, Shook, Denim, Polka Dots (for now), Thrift

Fav Visual artist/photographer/videographer/Dancer/choreographer

The Malloy Brothers

Fav Sport to watch

Hockey

Fav Sport to play

Surfing/Snowboarding

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