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Tommie Sunshine is one of the godfathers of the EDM industry. The DJ, producer, vocalist, songwriter, and label owner is a man that wears many hats—and even more sunglasses.
The dude loves his shades—he’s rarely if ever not in a pair and, honestly, we swear he may even sleep in them. As such, we’ve been rubbing shoulders with the acclaimed artist for years. You can imagine then how stoked we were upon realizing that Tommie is proudly rocking Blenders for the promotional art for his docuseries, After the Raves, which made its way to Netflix only days ago.
Siiiiick, right? If you’re Tommie and you’re reading this, thanks for reminding folks everywhere to live in forward motion. And if you’re not Tommie, continue on for details on the in-depth and inspiring stories he vividly brings to light in the series through his unpacking of the rich and nuanced world of electronic dance music.
Originally filmed as a nine-episode docuseries for Red Bull TV, After the Raves first dropped on July 4, 2016. It’s only now that Netflix subscribers get to drink it all in.
In a tremendous effort that’s likened comparisons to the style and format of the late, great Anthony Bourdain, Tommie rolls thru Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, Ibiza, Miami, The Netherlands and other locales to connect with the movers, shakers, and eternally faithful within the EDM world. These luminaries include Dirty South, 12th Planet, Fatboy Slim, Hardwell, Paul Oakenfold, DJ Alfredo, Murk, Cedric Gervais, and many others.
In an interview with Billboard Dance upon its release, Sunshine said: "I never thought this was gonna turn into something that would get almost 500,000 people onto a racetrack in Las Vegas. To watch it turn into something so spectacular and to be a part of it – and now to be able to participate in spreading the word about the state of the culture and the history of the culture, is a really beautiful thing.”
“Up until this point, and no disrespect to anyone who has documented this before, I never saw anything that spoke to me and stuck out to me. Usually, you see someone who's got fuck-all to do with EDM asking real banal question to someone who's an expert."
Born Thomas Lorello in 1971, Tommie Sunshine is originally from Chicago and currently kicks it in Brooklyn, New York.
Inspired by the DJ mixes he caught on the radio during the 1980s, Tommie hit up the Big Apple, where he was introduced to DJ Hell and advanced his remixing career in earnest, retouching songs from or collaborating with the likes of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Good Charlotte, Scissor Sisters, The Gossip, The Killers, Felix Da Housecat, Miss Kittin, Marc Romboy, Mark Verbos, Junkie XL, Fallout Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Shiny Toy Guns, Elvis Presley, and Avril Lavigne. He’s even influenced Hollywood and video games, contributing to the score of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (great, fun flick from ’05, btw; recommended) and NBA 2K6, respectively.
Currently, Sunshine continues his titanic industry influence alongside The Disco Fries and as part of the Horsepower trio with RipTidE and Bart B More.