Like father, like son.
For Nico Thom, the love of music is rooted in his childhood travels with his dad, an amateur musician with a passion for live performance, playing the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, as well as singing, from clubs to car salesrooms. It awakened Thom to the creative possibilities of melody, how instruments can open the doors to artistic expression. When he received an electronic drum kit at the age of 13, Thom’s imagination blossomed. However, it wasn’t until he discovered the six-string electric bass that Thom’s world flipped over. The bass had the scorching impact of lightning on his thought process.
Using the stage name Thomonic, he has just released an EP, Solo With Myself, which encapsulates both Thom’s mastery and fascination of the bass, its rhythmic versatility and cinematic qualities. “Seeing New York Again” is a hypnotic yet dizzying venture into the Big Apple. Thom seems to be trying to capture the city’s grit and hectic pace. This is adventurous, challenging jazz; there’s no sugarcoating here.
What makes Thom such a dynamic talent is that he is not bound by any stylistic rules. Equipped with a progressive, independent vision, Thom realizes that there is no reason for him to compromise; not tied to a corporate record label, he is free to be himself, and he takes full advantage of that sense of liberation. With a background not only in jazz but also in hardcore and dance music, Thom is unafraid to explore edgy territory. Solo With Myself is a statement, one person’s intense perspective on jazz, a genre that has become relatively conservative.