Thomas Jay Tsuruda (born August 9, 1991) was immersed in music as soon as he could read. Starting
with piano as a child, and with violin and vocal lessons soon to follow, he is no stranger to classical training and the self discipline that comes with it. Tsuruda attended a classical music school from kindergarten to 8th grade, and spent his childhood experimenting with every instrument he could get his hands on. Due to his early involvement with music, it comes as no surprise that Thomas fell into the world of producing at the young age of fifteen.
With influences like Madlib and Flying Lotus, Tsuruda's style is diverse, elegant, and complex. Disregarding all genres, he isn't afraid to push the boundaries of electronic bass and hip hop music. His live sets are always a unique surprise and have taken him around North America and Europe sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the game. Tsuruda made his Vancouver debut with Ekali and High Klassified in May, 2015, shortly after his legendary sunrise set at Emissions Music Festival with G Jones and Slow Magic. He's held down stages with Penthouse Penthouse, Sweater Beats, Bassnectar, Mikos Da Gawd, Ivy Lab, Mono/Poly, Zeke Beats, Woolymammoth, and many more. Tsuruda has also played the main stages at festivals such as Infrasound, Bassrush, Astral Valley, and Eclipse in Oregon.
Tsuruda is now more focused on producing music than ever. He is part of the collaborative PAINT with fellow Courteous Family member Huxley Anne, and released their first EP “Exodus” on Ivy Lab’s 20/20 LDN Label in August 2017. His distinctive style is making big waves with 5 full length self releases under his belt and many other singles on various labels [Darker Than Wax, Team Supreme, Division].