PREMIERE | Rising Artist DJ ST THOMAS Impresses On Lush, Intoxicating “323” + Interview

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I recently introduced a new artist to the site with their amazing debut single that I’ve had on repeat for a minute. Newcomer Pedi Hashemian, aka DJ ST THOMAS, showed off his warm, distinct sound on “FODDER” and is already back for more with his second single “323.” Once again, he puts his hazy, hypnotizing sound on full display as we patiently await the release of his debut Matrimony EP due November 8. DJ ST THOMAS is a talented guitarist, bassist, and pianist as well as a self-proclaimed “hot sauce guru & self care aficionado” whose artist name was inspired by none other than Thomas the Tank Engine.

“‘323’ is about a trip to LA that was taken to write music and while there, it felt like everyone valued material wealth over emotional wealth. ‘Real Money’s on the ground, but you want to fly private, color blind now, all the green you see is violet.’” – DJ ST THOMAS

On this new single, DJ ST THOMAS captures a warm, glistening sound pairing intoxicating vocals with lush, hypnotizing production. There’s something about the instrumental that gives a feeling of warm & fuzzy nostalgia. There’s a sunny aura to the track, while at the same time making a commentary on the egotistical culture of Los Angeles. The song was named after the area code and address for the airbnb Hashemian stayed at while in town on a writing trip.

In addition to premiering “323” today, we also had the pleasure of catching up with Hashemian with an exclusive interview below. Along with the song comes a striking new music video exploring themes of hyper masculinity. The visuals were directed by DJ ST THOMAS and James Rönkkö and produced by Alicé Agrusa as an ALTABREA project. Be sure check out the song& interview below and enjoy!

DJ ST THOMAS – 323

Who is DJ ST THOMAS?

HOT SAUCE GURU & SELF CARE AFICIONADO

With DJ ST THOMAS having just launched, how does it feel to get this music out there?

Definitely bittersweet. I’ve been working on this project for over two years. On one hand, I’m really excited/relieved to finally share it. On the other hand, it’s difficult to release something I’ve held on to for so long. I kinda feel like a helicopter parent. 😅

You have a unique sound we’re really loving. What’s your musical background? 

My parents made me take piano lessons when I was a kid. I never practiced and I hated reading sheet music, but I’m so happy they forced me to go. By the time high school rolled around, I had picked up the bass and was playing Tool covers like every other skater kid. Fast forward a few years and I was playing guitar in a math-rock band in college. Then the summer before my senior year, I pirated a version of Ableton and the rest is history.

What is the story and meaning behind this new song and the forthcoming EP?

The song “323” was inspired by a crazy trip to LA which involved a fist fight, a private jet, and someone running off with a large sum of cash. I can’t go into the details but it reaffirmed the importance of emotional wellbeing over material wealth for me.

As for the EP, as a whole it questions the concept of permanence. While writing the music I was navigating different types of relationships—with friends, relatives, romantic partners, and even music. Each song is an exploration of these relationships.

Is there a particular song on the project you enjoyed making the most?

It was definitely “323.” I wrote it after that trip to LA, before DJ ST THOMAS was even a concept. I started by chopping up an old drum sample from a break beat and landed on the intro. The whole song came together pretty quickly after that (which isn’t always the case). I remember feeling like this song was the beginning of something new. After working on only beat music for so long, it felt good to play instruments and use my voice for a change.

Any specific influences affecting you on this release?

I would say I’ve been most influenced by Jai Paul, Kevin Parker, and Chaz Bear for the whole EP. Love the abruptness of Paul’s music and how Kevin’s vocals sound super dreamy. Chaz’s music has always been a big inspiration to me, but I’m really loving how danceable ‘Outer Peace’ is.

What can fans look forward to next?

I’m excited to bring all the music from the EP into a live setting. First show is booked with Blood Cultures at Baby’s All Right on 12/7. I’m also working on more music and videos, merch, and some bonus material that will be coming out along with the EP in November <333.