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The world’s first intro to Superchumbo  was nothing less than an uprising. “The  Revolution” first burst through club speakers in 2001, bringing with it a battlecry for anew generation of sonic soldiers: “It’s time for the revolution,” sang  Victoria Wilson-James. “Get down on your knees.”With that simple lyric – plus a sexy new sound that encompassed percussive wallops, globular synths, a respect for house traditions, and a dark sensibility that bordered on industrial – the dance world had a hit, and a new “it”-producer.

It became quite clear quite quickly, however, that Tom Stephan, the New York

native/London resident behind  Superchumbo (or “super-leaded” in Portuguese – yes, as in gasoline), was more than just one track, or one sound. The consummate music lover,sonic explorer, and dedicated DJ has continually evolved in the years since “ Revolution,” seeking out new sounds, remixing superstars, and playing around the globe, all while building on the foundation he first laid down as a punter in the after-hours clubs of New

York: Groove, sex, and always more than a bit of darkness. Tom was a student at the London International Film School in 1991 when a night out

during a visit home landed him on Junior Vasquez’s dance floor at the legendary Sound Factory. “I had never heard music like this before; sounds like  DJ Pierre,  Cajmere, X Press 2. It was all new to me and I became a househead overnight,” he says. “I still pick up the things that resonate with me around the world and put them through my New York filter: The soul of the sound I love is there” Bolstered by support from  Danny Tenaglia, Deep Dish, and  Pete Tong (who named it the “Track of the Year”), “ The Revolution” kick-started both Tom’s production and DJ-ing career. He took residencies at Substation and Crash, and recently launched his new party  MEAT

in uber-cool Shoreditch. Now, the in-demand DJ travels the world and is a regular at venues like Circus and  Room Service in London,  Pacha and  Cielo in NYC,  Amnesia in Ibiza, and  ageHa in Tokyo.

By 2002, Tom had already collected enough stellar material for a best-of: “ Get The Lead Out: The Best of Superchumbo,” which also provided a roadmap of what he had dubbed the “ lead-head” sound. “ Wowie Zowie,” Tom’s debut artist album for Twisted (2005), sounded like the soundtrack to a haunted nightclub circus. It featured collaborations with sex kitten

 Samantha Fox and club personality  Alan T, and bore big-room hits like “ Irresistible,” “ This Beat Is,” and “ Dirtyfilthy.” Mixed compilation “ Let’s Go Chumbo!” (2007) wentdown a road more minimalist and metallic, showing the artist’s broadening tastes. In 2008, Tom indulged his flare for the theatrical on “ Asseteria: Live From New York,” a compilation inspired by the Sunday night/Monday morning party of the same name, featuring a full cast of costumed go-go girls and gender-benders. This year Tom teamed up once

again with  Nervous Records to showcase his big room beats as a part of their “ Nervous Nitelife” series.

A four track Tom Stephan EP  was just released on Stealth Records  and a full length Superchumbo album is currently in the works for Nervous . UK’s Southern Fried Records have just released Tom and production partner Kris Di Angelis ’s first release “Hot Mess ”, as well as their remix for The Shoes “Wasting Time” . Tom has a unique ability to layer underground sounds over unexpected material in a way that makes seamless sense. His now-classic remix of Missy Elliot ’s “Get Your Freak On ” kept the smoldering funk of the original but injected a dose of grimy dancefloor energy. His resume also includes re-rubs of Goldfrapp , Pet Shop Boys , and Kylie Minogue,  with support of big guns like David Guetta  for his remix of Steelfish’s  “Hot Like Fire ” and Tiesto  for his remix of Rusko  “Hold On ”. More recent takes on high-profile, of-the-moment releases – Major Lazer’s “Keep It Going Louder ”, Bob Sinclar ’s “New New New ” and Gossip ’s “Heavy Cross ” – show him manipulating staccato pop and Beth Ditto’s Joplin-esque wale into perfectly jerky, funky bites that keep the unique vibes of the originals while adding his own.

Revved, revitalized, ready for the future: Tom Stephan is starting the drumbeat all over again. It’s time for another revolution: Are you ready?

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