From Norway with love: The charming disco viking Prins Thomas with the full lowdown on his illustrious career. Pupp Music!
The spirit of a DJ bio is boring, self-centered, and egotistical. Prins Thomas knows that all too well and fears the result: someone who makes him sound like the best DJ in the world. Although most people would love such a comment on their skills. It has to be the very laid-back nature of his city of residence, Oslo, that makes Prins Thomas overmodest. Except for his peers, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm (Feedelity) and Todd Terje, who he works and records with, and some of the city’s legendary characters like the idiosyncratic Rune Lindbaek 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 musical output, however, Prins and his royal household, as dub poets might say, “lead di way”. Together with Lindstrøm 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 offers some of the best house-not-house, neo-disco or call-it-what-you-want dance music you’ve heard in a long time. All done by exclusive Norwegian talent, a new outfit called Internasjonal is joining 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. 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 mix records in a way that makes them not only sound amazing, but also makes punters dance. And have we mentioned his beard, yet? There you go: best DJ in the world.