Tom Hamilton (electronic musician)
Early life and career
Hamilton grew up in Orange County, California, and moved to Los Angeles as a teen.
Thomas got his first break in commercial music when two of his songs debuted on television. The MTV television series Laguna Beach used his track "Alive." The E! Entertainment Television series Paradise City also used one of Hamilton's songs.
He initially signed a development deal with J Records/RCA, but none of his music was released by the label.
Hamilton is signed to the Indie Pop Records label, based in downtown Los Angeles, California. His contemporaries on the label include Dev, Marty James, Bobby Brackins, The Cataracs, and Yuna.
He recently released an EP produced by American hip hop indie-pop duo The Cataracs, hot off their collaboration on the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit "Like a G6." His previous collaborations with The Cataracs included "Mr. Sexual" and "God Knows."
Hamilton has worked with Swedish producer Alex Kronlund, who wrote for and produced Robin and Britney Spears. He continues to write and record with Indie Pop and has recently joined forces musically with Caroline D'Amore, the actress and model, who launched her own music career in 2010.
He is currently writing new music with international producer-songwriter Freddy Wexler. Wexler has collaborated with Marion Raven, The Numb3rs, and many others. Wexler founded the management firm The Brain and works with top music producers and is endorsed by major brands like Gibson and Yamaha.
In an interview with Rick Florino, Hamilton described his music as "a fusion of hip hop and pop. We write everything on guitar, but we use a lot of hip hop beats. In the end, every element comes together seamlessly."
He also explained to Florino the story behind his song "Sun," calling it "a real exploration of emotion but not in the self-help way. Dark and the light exist in the same place. People wait for that one big moment or that one thing they believe will solve all of their problems and cause happiness—whether it's a record deal or graduating college. It's seems like the waiting never ends though. You're waiting for the sun to shine essentially, and that's what the song is about. Darkness comes and goes, but the sun will always be back. Things may be shitty, but they'll get better."
Reception and media appearances
Hamilton has been noticed and recommended by some of the industry's hottest bloggers, including A&R leader Crazed Hits and Arjan Writes. Arjan Writes recommended the song "Sun," calling it "a sweeping electro-pop stomper that is a good introduction to Hamilton's peppy, genre-mashing brand of pop."
The music video for "Sun" won best freshman video in 2010 on MTVU, thus launching Hamilton's music video to all major outlets, including MTV2, Fuse, and Logo's New Now Next.
In July 2010, Hamilton appeared on the Gary and Catherine morning radio show on Santa Barbara's 101.7 K-LITE FM.
Hamilton also attended the 2011 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. There he was interviewed by Arjan of Arjan Writes for an episode of the music interview web series Cherrytree Pop Chop Minute.
- Florino, Rick (August 2010). "Hamilton: About This Artist" Reverb Nation. Retrieved July 29, 2011. http://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_bio/artist_1622420
- Hamilton, Tom (July 7, 2010). "ON AIR with K-LITE Gary+Catherine 101.7 fm !!!!" MySpace. Retrieved July 29, 2011. http://www.myspace.com/iamhamilton/blog/536814619
- Arjan (March 19, 2011) "Report from SXSW: Dev & The Catarcs, Zowie, Theophilus London, Hamilton, Ellie Goulding, Neon Hitch, Frankmusik" Arjan Writes. Retrieved July 29, 2011. http://www.arjanwrites.com/arjanwrites/2011/03/report-from-sxsw-dev-the-cataracs-zowie-hamilton-ellie-goulding-neon-hitch-frankmusik.html
- Arjan (January 16, 2011) "Play It Again: Hamilton 'Sun'" Arjan Writes. Retrieved July 29, 2011. http://www.arjanwrites.com/arjanwrites/2011/01/play-it-again-hamilton-sun.html
- "Artists" Indie Pop Records. Retrieved July 29, 2011. http://indie-pop.com/?page_id=172
- "Hamilton" (June 18, 2010) Crazed Hits. Retrieved July 29, 2011. http://www.crazedhits.com/hamilton/