Tom Swoon

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Tom Swoon
Birth nameDorian Tomasiak
Also known as
  • Tom Swoon
  • Pixel Cheese
Born (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 25)
Goleniów, Poland
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active2009–2018
Labels
Associated acts
Websitetomswoon.com

Dorian Tomasiak (born 6 June 1993), known professionally as Tom Swoon (and previously as Pixel Cheese), is a Polish DJ and record producer.[1][2]

Tom Swoon used to host Lift Off Radio on Electro City on Dash Radio. He debuted in the DJ Mag's 2017 Top 100 DJs voting poll as No. 47.

On 5 December 2017, Tomasiak drove drunk and was charged in a car accident that led to the death of one person and injured another. On 6 June 2018, Tomasiak announced the end of the "Tom Swoon" project in a public statement letter sent from prison. He was later sentenced to four years and eight months of prison.[3]

Biography[edit]

Tomasiak was born on 6 June 1993 in Goleniów, Poland. His interest in music started at a very young age. At the age of 17, he discovered electronic dance music and was inspired by artists such as deadmau5 and Daft Punk. Over the next few years, he taught himself the art of DJing and saved up his earnings and bought a proper DJ setup, transforming himself from a bedroom DJ into an artist with an unrivaled drive for music production.[citation needed]

In late 2011, his first official remix of Gareth Emery's single "Tokyo" was released on Garuda and climbed into Beatport's Top 100 chart. This remix was followed by two other remixes for Steve Aoki and Kaskade, "Ladi Dadi" and "Room for Happiness", respectively. In March 2012, his debut track, "Elva", was released on Ultra Records. Two months later, he remixed Nervo's "You're Gonna Love Again" on EMI, his last release under the alias Pixel Cheese.

Securing over twenty tour dates in his debut year to compliment his original releases and remixes, Tom Swoon ended the year warming up for Avicii on his concert tour and on a tour of India with Steve Aoki. Nominated by Nervo as their 'Breakthrough Artist DJ for 2012', and voted as the "Polish Breakthrough DJ of the Year" by FTB Poland, both Mixmag and Billboard Magazine called Swoon an 'Artist to Watch' in 2013.[citation needed]

With his remix of Bloody Beetroots - "Chronicles of a Fallen Love", he received further acclaim. His collaboration with Amba Shepherd, "Not Too Late", was followed by a remix package by Bassnectar and Patrick Reza, Maor Levi, Sebjak and Josef Belani. "Not Too Late" also premiered Tom Swoon's first official music video, which was shot and produced in Tokyo. Swoon was called in for another set of remixes for Nervo, Sultan & Ned Shepard's single "Army" and Benny Benassi's collaboration with John Legend called "Dance The Pain Away". In between such duties, Tom's fourth single, "Wings", was released in July and received support from a variety of dance musicians, with the remix by Myon & Shane 54 topping the Beatport trance chart at the No. 1 position for several weeks.

In the third quarter of 2013, Tom Swoon released another collaboration titled "Rollercoaster", together with Josef Belani. On 29 October 2013, he released his remix of Burn It Down by American rock band Linkin Park, which was included in their album Recharged. In December 2013, Tom Swoon launched his own weekly radio show and podcast titled "LIFT OFF Radio", which was broadcast through iTunes and Soundcloud.

In late 2013, he released "Synchronize", a collaboration with Paris Blohm and Hadouken!, which reached the No. 12 position on Beatport progressive charts and hovered for over a month on the top No. 20. 2014 saw the release of his collaboration "Wait" with Paris & Simo, which was released on Spinnin Records. Later that year, DJ Mag also revealed that he had placed 130th in voting for their annual Top 100 DJs poll.[4]

Fatal crash and suspendence of career[edit]

In the early morning of 5 December 2017 in his neighbourhood in Poland, he was driving his car under influence of alcohol (2 promiles) and caused an accident killing one person and seriously harming another.[5] The prosecutor's office accused him of causing an accident with fatal consequences while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tom Swoon announced in a public statement on 6 June that he will be ending his career in music.[6] On 4 September 2018, he was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison, after pleading guilty in court for manslaughter. Swoon was also to pay 70,000 zlotys to the wife and children of the victim, and had his driving license permanently removed. He cited not being able to recall the events prior to the accident, and apologised to the victim's wife for his deeds.[3]

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

  • 2017: Beside Me (with Tungevaag & Raaban)
  • 2017: Don't Let Me Go (with Wasback and Poli JR)
  • 2017: All I Ever Wanted (with Blasterjaxx)
  • 2017: Shingaling
  • 2017: Helter Skelter (with Maximals)
  • 2017: Atom (with Teamworx)
  • 2016: All The Way Down (with Kill The Buzz)
  • 2016: Never Giving Up
  • 2016: Phoenix (We Rise) (with Belle Humble and Dank)
  • 2016: I'm Leaving (with Quentin Mosimann featuring Ilang)
  • 2015: Stay Together (with Nari & Milani)
  • 2015: Alive (with Ale Q and Sonny Noto)
  • 2015: Last Goodbye (with Swanky Tunes)
  • 2015: Here I Stand (with Kerano featuring Cimo Fränkel)
  • 2015: Zulu
  • 2015: I Am You (with First State featuring Beth)
  • 2014: Savior (featuring Ruby Prophet)
  • 2014: Ghost (with Stadiumx featuring Rico & Miella)
  • 2014: Wait (with Paris & Simo featuring Eyelar)
  • 2014: Holika
  • 2014: Otherside (featuring Niclas Lundin)
  • 2014: Ahead of Us (with Lush & Simon)
  • 2013: Synchronize (with Paris Blohm featuring Hadouken!)
  • 2013: Rollercoaster (with Josef Belani)
  • 2013: Wings (featuring Taylr Renee)
  • 2013: Not Too Late (featuring Amba Shepherd)
  • 2012: Who We Are (featuring Miss Palmer)
  • 2012: Elva (as Pixel Cheese)

Remixes[edit]

As Tom Swoon

As Pixel Cheese

  • 2012: Nervo – You're Gonna Love Again (Pixel Cheese Remix)
  • 2012: Qpid – Waterfall (Pixel Cheese Remix)
  • 2012: Kaskade feat Skylar Grey – Room for Happiness (Pixel Cheese Remix)
  • 2012: Steve Aoki feat Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Pixel Cheese Remix)
  • 2011: Gareth Emery – Tokyo (Pixel Cheese Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dominika Węcławek. "Tom Swoon: zapracowany 19-latek" (in Polish). t-mobile-music.pl. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. ^ Marcin Żyski. "Polak wyróżniony przez Billboard!" (in Polish). FTB.pl. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Wirwicka, Alicja (2018-09-04). "Tom Swoon skazany na cztery lata i osiem miesięcy więzienia". Wiadomości (in poland). Archived from the original on 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  4. ^ "DJ Mag Top 150". Beatport. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  5. ^ Meadow, Matthew (2017-12-05). "Tom Swoon Involved in Fatal Car Crash While Under Influence of Alcohol". Your EDM. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  6. ^ Kat Bein. "Tom Swoon Quits DJing, Citing Fatal DUI: 'Taking Someone's Life Is the Most Terrible Thing'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 21 August 2018.