One More Tune will be kicking 2021 off with a bang with a guest mix from Tom Pooks – the promoter and DJ/Producer behind French festival and record label, Family Piknik.
Born in Montpellier, Tom Pooks started his musical trip in the middle of the 90’s, based in South of France. From raves to festivals and clubs residencies, he became an important local figure, in the region of Montpellier, one of the biggest electronic cities in France. When the DJ started being curious about production, it’s along with Joy Kitikonti that he learnt working on his computer. From then, his first productions got released on labels as Scandium, Eukahouse and Serial Records, in a quiet tech-house style. But his DJ’s opportunities getting bigger and bigger, Pooks progressively turned into more mentalistic and groovy techno. Regularly playing with Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and Josh Wink, to name a few, he found a new way of producing and his tracks got signed to more prestigious labels, like Ovum, Intec and Kompakt. These labels definitely gave him an international status, allowing him to play everywhere, from South America to Russia and across Europe. At this time, Pooks was a regular guest at Space Ibiza, where he played several times next to Carl Cox.
In 2006, ‘Pablo Assan‘ was one of the hottest track for Kompakt crew and was even compiled by Sven Väth in his Cocoon compilation. Among his biggest releases, there is ‘Trouble’ out on Ovum, with a D’Julz remix and a special edit version by Josh Wink himself. Behind the decks, his energy and intelligent way of hypnotizing people create a very unique mood. This gave him the opportunity to mix the official compilation for Ukrainian’s Kazantip festival in 2011, one year after a very bad moto accident that stopped his DJ career, taking him away from touring during more than one year.
Then, in 2012, Tom Pooks created his own festival, FAMILY PIKNIK, in Montpellier. Year after year, its unique concept in France has been widely known, seducing world class artists like Carl Cox, Solomun, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Loco Dice, Josh Wink and many others. Since June 2018, Tom Pooks has also launched a new label Family Piknik Music, on which he is back as a solid producer, most of the time working with his Italian soul mate Joy Kitikonti. Supported by many A-List DJs, his music has gained a lot of attention through these past months. Combining his on demand DJ-producer profile with his festival’s director position is nothing but relaxing for this always on the move French pioneer…
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