Tom Trago - "True Friends" | Music 2014 | SXSW

February 21, 2014
Tom Trago's relationship with music is particularly intense. "I couldn't imagine life without music," he says. "I feel this physical need to make music every day. It's like my body needs it as much as it needs food, water or sunshine." Right now, Trago's immersion in music is almost total. An internationally renowned DJ, producer, live performer and label owner with three critically acclaimed albums to his name, the Dutchman divides his time between all-day studio sessions, DJ gigs and live shows all over the world, and a steady stream of musical collaborations with friends from Amsterdam and beyond. You sometimes wonder how he finds any time for sleep. His dedication to the cause has been unflinching since his earliest years. He grew up in a free-spirited, artistic household, surrounded by music and encouraged to make his own. Due to suffering from juvenile chronic arthritis, he couldn't get out of the house much, so entertained himself by recording his own home-made radio shows using the weird and wonderful albums he found in his parents' record collection. At the age of 15, he decided that he would devote his life to music. "I just had this realization that life is so short, you have to pursue your dreams," he says. "My dream was music. That's all I ever wanted to do -- to listen to it, discover it, make it and play it." Crew: Written and Directed by: Saba van Hoften Assistent Director: Bregje Houthoff D.O.P: Olaf van Gerwen Camera Operator: Paco Suraj Kumar 2nd unit D.O.P: Sandder Lanen Gaffer: Berend Holtkamp Styling: Heleen Out Styling assistent: Ruby Houwer Props: Yara Jimmink Car: Pepijn Krijgsman Hair & Make-up: Winnie Lapré & Didi van Rijssen PA: Derek van Beelen Catering: Maaike Dommershuijzen & Raphael Bartels Editor: Geert Arentsen Grading: Remi Lindenhovius/ Avp Cast: Tom Trago, Iris van Santen, Steven van Lummel, San Proper, Maxim Yeshodharam, Steven van Hulle
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