One of most highly regarded DJs in the world; Prins Thomas takes over at Nightflight on Friday 10th October.
taking control of the music from the second we open the doors to when our draconian licensing laws demand we finish.
It has to be the very laid-back nature Prins's residence in Oslo that makes him overmodest.
Except for his peers Hans-Peter Lindstrom (Feedelity Records) and fellow Nightflight guest Todd Terje who he works and records with
and some of the city’s legendary characters like the idiosyncratic Rune Lindbæk or the mysterious DJ Strangefruit, that place is nowhere
as busy, hectic and all-important as some of Europe’s club capitals like to portray themselves. When it comes to the musical output,
Prins and his royal household leads the way.
Together with Hans-Peter Lindstrom, Thomas created the climax of the on-going fascination with retro futurism and their self-titled
debut album for the Belgian Eskimo Label.
His own label Full Pupp has some of the best house-not-house, neo-disco or call-it-what-you-want dance music records to offer that you
heard in a long time. All done by exclusive Norwegian talent, a new outfit called Internasjonal will join the global dots with producers
from all corners of the known-world, where he currently turns up every weekend with a crate of vinyl, his record grips and an
immaculate way to play with it . In other words, there is no stopping him now.
But it was not always like that. The Prins had to go through the school of hard knocks like so many before him. Back, way back in time,
he started playing around as a DJ at a puerile age. Viewed as an extension of his break-dancing efforts, belt-driven turntables where
enough to support his mix of hip hop, electro and an array of Arthur Baker’s and Shep Pettibone’s jewels. But as soon as he picked up
the bass and played in more bands than Norway has trees, the joy of the turntable took a back seat. Until the early nineties arrived
that is. Prins still didn’t have his reliable gang of co-conspirators, but he picked up a weekly residence, where he championed sounds
as far fetched as Miles Davis or The Doors together with the craze that was started by Phuture’s “Acid Tracks”. Dance music was
happening again and DJs like the aforementioned Strangefruit did their thing to inspire our hero who is currently more excited
about new music than ever before. “I like to mix up the styles. The old with the new, the minimal cuts with the Balearic beauties
and my own classics on top of it in order not to get bored”, says the master himself and if he would not be too shy for it, we would
call him an edutainer (courtesy of KRS-One).
Prins Thomas has all the right ingredients one could look for in a DJ: great skills, humbleness, productions and remixes other people
would kill for and most of all, the ability to play records in a way that makes them not only sound good and expedient, but also makes
punters dance. And have we mentioned his beard, yet? There you go: the best DJ in the world?