Thomas Tuft

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With roots in house, jazz, funk and hip-hop, Thomas Tuft has carved a soul-drenched niche in the music industry as a DJ, producer, and promoter of Liverpool’s renowned house night, Troubled Souls. Thomas broke out of the underground in the early 90s as resident DJ at the Pleasure Dome, a fabled club in the North of England that laid the blueprint for future events like Tribal Gathering and Creamfields. Guests at the club during Thomas’ residency included Carl Cox, Andy Cato, Nick Warren and Laurent Garnier.

The highlight of this residency was a hedonistic New Year’s Eve party in 1993, sharing a line up with Africa Bambatta, Fabio & Grooverider, LTJ Bukem, Tony De Vit, and Seb Fontaine. After a whirlwind set and three rapturous encores, Thomas finally brought the night to a close at 6am. Soon after, Thomas became resident DJ at Club Tutti Frutti, sharing a booth with K Klass, Alison Marks and Paul Kane, the latter tempting him to explore Liverpool’s vibrant music scene.

Now the senior house buyer for internationally acclaimed 3 Beat Records, Thomas supplies DJs across the North West with upfront and classic vinyl, while continuing to feed his own insatiable lust for wax. Internationally, he’s stormed the main room at Club Friends, Valencia, in front of 8,000 Spanish clubbers, been featured in a TV documentary during another main room riot in Poland, and was invited to perform a rare guest set in Club Revolution, Holland.

A sought-after invite from Liverpool radio station Juice FM has led to a heady mix of deep, soulful and tech-edged grooves infiltrating the city’s airwaves. You can hear Thomas’ acclaimed live broadcast every weekend, check local listings for times. Thomas is a regular guest at the Albert Dock’s exclusive Baby Cream, where he judged their high profile DJ competition and performed at the launch of the prestigious Creamshow art exhibition. A favourite in clubs throughout the city, Thomas is the exclusive resident DJ for Hed Kandi at Nation, and when London’s Soul Heaven came to town, they tracked down Thomas to warm up for legendary house music vocalist, Robert Owens.

Thomas has also brought his sought-after sounds to the Lemon Lounge, The Magnet, The Cotton Club and Barfly. He’s played guest slots at Northbound, Eye To Eye, Baambity, Soulkulcha, Funky Drops, Jubilee and Badaboom, and shared line ups with Blakkat, Liquid People, Greg Vickers, Kelvin Andrews, DJ Dimitri, Farley ‘Jackmaster Funk’, Steve Sheils, Paul Kane, Richie Robinson, Jo Mills and The Unabombers.

Across the North West, Thomas is a familiar face at the Mint Club in Leeds, and at Wigan’s infamous, all-night rave,Like This Like That. He also played a show-stopping set at U:Soul, opening up for house music heavyweights, Fish Go Deep. Thomas is still in demand on the bar circuit, the breadth of his musical knowledge leading to residencies in Alma De Cuba spinning Latin jazz and Afro-beat, and Geisha where he lays down a mind-bending fusion of cosmic disco, boogie and electrofunk.

Thomas also resides in Liverpool’s most opulent nightclub, Kingdom. Here, his intoxicating blends of relentless, heady house rhythms bring down the walls every weekend. Frequently invited to soundtrack high fashion functions, Thomas has entertained a host of celebrity guests from Victoria Beckham to Elton John’s other half, David Furnish. Fusing these eclectic tastes into his inimitable brand of dance music.

Thomas founded Troubled Souls at Liverpool’s Carling Academy. Causing a minor riot, Thomas hosted a night with uber-cool record label Defected, and invited New York sensation Mr. V to perform. Other guests have included top UK talent Richard Earnshaw, and Norway’s rising star, Rune Linbaek. Bringing soulful grooves to the masses, Troubled Souls has been a runaway success, with more exciting events in the pipeline.

Each summer, Thomas resurrects his all-day BBQ sessions in Liverpool’s beautiful Heart & Soul garden. Invitations to sip sangria and soak up the sounds prove to be irresistible and Thomas’ gatherings are always a mid-summer favourite.

Behind the scenes, Thomas writes a weekly column for Live magazine and is a respected talent scout for a top UK record label. Thomas has been in house remixer for Peppermint Jam’s Runnin’ Records, and under his own name produced the underground smash You’ve Been Warned, a favourite with Underwater Records head honcho, Darren Emerson. He’s currently working on several new projects and industry leaks to local press have tipped these new beats to be his best yet. Thomas is a musical aficionado, a tastemaker, and a globetrotting, floor-filling troubled soul.