Onism Qi

Onism Qi

Thomas B, born Thomas Brinson and formerly know as Tommy Tarzan, embodied his previous DJ moniker for over 13 years. A true “Lord of the Jungle” behind the decks,

The one they knew as Tarzan has rocked crowds from New York to San Diego. As every artist must evolve, so has the skill (and alias) of this diverse producer/DJ. A proper champion
for the music, from East Coast to West, Thomas B has a genuine love for his craft.

Born in Albany, New York, Thomas moved to Long Island at an early age. This is where the DJ known as Tarzan was created, when Thomas was exposed to the New York rave scene in the mid-’90s. After watching NY rave pioneer Frankie Bones perform, Thomas B heeded the call from the music, wanting to spread the feeling he was experiencing. Initially into the breakbeat sound, he quickly discovered his true home was in the Jungle, and so began his journey into Drum & Bass and beyond.

As Tarzan, Thomas B became actively involved in the rave scene, joining production crew Smoovegroove in 1997. It was with Smoovegroove that Tarzan participated in some of New York’s most memorable events, such as Genesis, Lust 1-4, Feast 1 & 2, and Groove Theory, as well as countless weeklies and other underground events. Fast forward to the end of 2002 – Thomas B finds himself migrating to Tucson, Arizona. Quickly meeting up with local legend DJ Clay Steele and blossoming MC Shaun Harris, group AZ-One was formed and began performing at Arizona’s largest dance events, such as Earthdance, Reflections, and many others. Since moving to Tucson, Thomas B has been integral in various weekly, monthly, and one-off EDM events.

Throughout his extensive DJ career, Thomas B has supported many acts of top talent; LTJ Bukem, Dieselboy, Hype, John B, Aphrodite, Total Science, Reid Speed, Friction, Black

Sun Empire, & Sinistarr; even the late Hip Hop legend Jam Master Jay and on to contemporary powerhouses like Feed Me, The Upbeats, Datsik, and many more. A Thomas B set is an unabating, dynamic ride; rooted in drum & bass, while breaking down genre barriers into garage, 2-step, footwork and more. Never a dull moment, in live sets Thomas B also peppers the musical voyage with scratching and turntable trickery. His skills are exemplified in the compliment he received from LTJ Bukem; simply put “you are great at mixing.”

As a budding producer, in 2013 Thomas B came out strong bringing a collaboration album with Ghast, creating the “Bone Dance” LP (Free Love Digi). He then released The Real ish E.P (Free Love Digi) near the end of 2014. He is also featured in Lowrise sounds vol. 2 with his track “Blurred Culture”. In 2015 he released the “Sugar and Spice E.P” (Free Love Digi) a forward thinking east coast inspired, d&b infused, half time head knocker. Also in 2015 he pushed limits creating a varied tempo, musical electronica E.P “The Cavitation Project” (Plush Recordings). In February of 2016 Thomas B dropped a banger in “Full Clip” (Free Love Digi) featuring a wandering, deep, techno inspired, footwork remix by Crypticz. His releases always obtain widespread support. With several other releases coming in 2016, Thomas B needs not beat on his chest to be heard; the music speaks loud and clear.