Seasoned deep house producer Tom Lown has started a fascinating side project named Lucky Sun to focus on the more tranquil, downtempo side of his musical philosophy. His recent Dreamin EP, released by Lucky Sun Recordings, showcased this distinctive and varied sound and gathered support from an eclectic group of tastemakers including Tensnake, Nightmares on Wax, Nick Warren, and Kid Loco. 8DPromo had a few questions for Tom and he was kind enough to give some thoughtful answers.
What do you see as the difference(s) between your Lucky Sun project and productions under your own name and why make the distinction?
Tom: Most of my releases under my own name are deep house and kind of have my sound. Lucky Sun allows me to be a bit different, more eclectic / down tempo / balearic. It’s going to eventually lead to an album which will be a real variety of sounds and moods.
What artists or songs have influenced the Lucky Sun sound?
Tom: So many artists have influenced me and so many are subconscious I think: Sebastien Tellier, 4 Hero, Laura Mvula, Bonobo, Chassol, Jazzanova, Quantic, Kruder & Dorfmeister …
Troy Bolero's vocals on the title track to the Dreamin EP are fantastic and distinctive … how did you find him?
Tom: Troy Bolero was in a band called Headland who I used to play drums for. His real name is actually Tom and funnily enough there were actually four Toms in the band!
What’s in store for Lucky Sun, or for Tom Lown?
Tom: The Lucky Sun full length album will be ready for release at the end of this year. Also, there is a Tom Lown - The Remixes (2009 - 2016) album to be released as a long player in the next few months. It will feature fifteen or so remixes I’ve done for the likes of Sen-Sei & Dano, Rishi K, Pretty Criminals, Harold Heath, Jesus Pablo and a whole load more.
Here's a recent DJ mix from Tom Lown in his Lucky Sun guise, including tracks that run the gamut of his musical personality.