Australian DJ Tom Lowndes, better known by his stage name, Tom Loud and his newest project, Hot Dub Time Machine brings the self-described "Best. Party. Ever." to the U.S. for the first time.
Being a DJ wasn't the Lowndes’ original career choice. Shortly after his mid-life crisis, he redefined his career and became a full-time DJ. One of his biggest influences is DJ Shadow.
"I have a picture on my wall of him. He’s the reason I got into sound design. He made these orchestrated sets. Usually, a DJ just improvises — but this guy would make these sets structured and intricate." said Lowndes. "DJ shadow took the art of DJing a bit more seriously than just picking a song and putting it on."
Name after a comedy, Lowndes launched Hot Dub Time Machine in 2011. As fans may tell by the name, he described each of his shows as a genuine a time-traveling experience.
Starting from the '50s, Tom Loud plays it all.
"I don’t play remixes. I play the actual song. We go through disco, rock, grunge, hip-hop, rave … literally every genre," said Lowndes.
That kind of variety is his greatest strength. Having just finished his U.K tour, Lowndes hit some world-famous music festivals, like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, along the way.
Hot Dubbers, or fans of Hot Dub Time Machine, in the U.K have showed consistent supports of Lowndes's last tour. A man from Edinburgh was named the “No.1 Hot Dubber” in the world after going to Lowndes show over 30 times.
Perhaps fans’ love for Lowndes comes from his approachability. He is always open to new playlist suggestions and request from Hot Dubbers, and he’ll update his playlist accordingly.
"People always try to come up and tell me what songs I should have played, so I try to play every good song up to 2017. Obviously, I can't play all of them, but I try to put that in their next time."
Lowndes said he is excited about playing at The Loft in Lansing where it’s a relatively smaller venue, and therefore a more intimate audience.
"I like playing for loads of new people who haven’t seen what I do and showing them a good time," he said.
And Lansing attendees of the show can expect a non-traditional performance. Instead of standing behind his turntables, Lowndes adds more interaction and acting to his show. He was inspired by his wife’s acting background. He creates a virtual setting on stage through "the power of music."
"Normally, when you get to a rave, the DJ is playing, and you come and go," said Lowndes, “How it starts is I do the audio, visuals are on a big screen, and I have my turntables that I control, mix and match."
He said that at the end of every show, he looks forward to seeing the faces in the crowd.
“I get to the end and everyone’s really tired and happy,” said Lowndes.
Hot Dub Time Machine “Best. Party. Ever.”
Thursday, Nov. 9
Tickets start at $10
414 E. Michigan Ave.,