Tom Bouthier 23/08/1971 - 06/11/1998

 

Tom Bouthier

23/08/1971 - 06/11/1998

This web site is a short memorial tribute to Tom Bouthier (1971-1998), a french DJ known as a pioneer in house music.
— Peace & Respect.

BIOGRAPHY

1987-1988

Tom's first performance as a DJ took place in the 1.000 people capacity Parisian rock concert venue La Cigale, located in the Red District. There, as a regular guest for intro and after parties, as well as for special events the played a mixture of rock, soul and hip-hop during this musically very electric period of time. He then began participating in the first raves in France, originated by the seminal Rave Age organisation. This series of one-off events were held in different locations and highly mediatized due to both the number of attendees (3.000 to 5.000 people every time) as well as for the appeal of its novelty.

1989-1990

Promoted and DJed at the Universalis parties held on boats on Paris' river Seine. This series of special events were geared toward a seective Euro crowd of approximately 500, with mixed backgrounds, ages and musical styles. At this time Tom also began a weekly residency, wich would last a year at the Powerstation, then one of the most happening night in the French capital, with its two rooms both equiped with different sound systems: rap/soul/garage and house/early techno.

1991-1992

Promoted and DJed at the Ouch! parties in Paris' Jussieu University, while still doing the Universalis events. Tom then went on to host another weekly residency at La Luna, Paris's first dance gay club, alongside Laurent Garnier, playing 8hrs sets of UK/US/ITALO house for an overpacked sweaty crowd. Started being involved in production for the P.U.R. label (Paris Union Recordings) under the name of O.C.B., and originated with a bunch of friends EDEN magazine, France's first house music publication which was a pioneer in establishing a club culture profile in the country.

1993-1994

Under contract with Venus and DJ Unlimited Agencies, Tom investigated the British club scene with his brother Jerry, where they guested at Luvdup and Velvet Underground. Both were signed as recording artists for Stress record as Riviera Splash, later releasing Breakline and I love Paris, the first French artist-based dance singles released in the UK. Still present in Paris, Tom then displayed his abilities through the first ever mixd-CD in France for Virgin Records' dance subsidiary Delabel. This made him become one of the very French DJ to guest all around France in the emerging french club scene, and eventually led to the regular appearances in Brittany's Praxis parties and in Strasbourg's East meets West events, as well as a residency in Paris' futuristic veue Boccacio. Promoted in France and played at Nicky Holloway's Dance Europe Weekender in Eurodisney and involved some of the best DJs and acts of that time. Was behind the decks once again for the french release of Stress' DJ Culture compilation, and started a weekly radio show on FG98.2FM, Paris' only house and techno oriented radio station. Guested in Ibiza during the summer.

1995-1996

Began guesting regulary all around british clubland in the most crowded and popular venues such as Cream, Miss Moneypenny's, Golden, Back2Basics, Lakota, Republica, Club UK through DJ Unlimited and DMC, while still touring throughout European capitals. Tom's dual involvement in French and UK club scenes led him to organize the Shake! monthly event at the biggest gay club in Paris. Le Queen, inviting cult UK clubs such as Cream, Miss Moneypenny's, Progress... and leading DJs like Sascha, Alfredo, Tall Paul, Judge Jules, Xpress 2, Seb Fontaine, Dave Seaman... to play along with him.

1997-1998

Under contract with Miss Moneypenny's Management Agency, Tom's appearrances are often more than twice weekly; from major cities in Britain, Ireland and Scotland to European capitals and as far as Hong Kong. Still under contract with FG Radio for his weekly radio show, Tom can be heard throughout Europe via Satellite or on vinyl with singles out on Bolshi (Big Life's affiliated label), Loaded (Skint's sister label), and on Off The Hook (Fresh's subsidiary) in collaboration with such company as Opus 3, Micronautes/Impulsion and Nick Hook. Hot on the pipeline are two compilations for Distance-France and Mastertone-UK as well as a single with the UK Chart Topper PF Project.

On Friday November 6th 1998, Tom passed away in New-York, having taken his own life.


DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

  • O.C.B. - Crash (Paris Union Recording / Virgin, 1993)
  • Riviera Splash - Breakline (Stress, 1994)
  • Riviera Splash - I Love Paris (Stress, 1995)
  • The Eurostars - The Way (Loaded, 1996)
  • Motos - Terra Incognita (Hook, 1997)
  • Ville Rouge - Flow (Bolshi, 1997)

French remixes

  • The Silencers - I can't remember (RCA, 1991)
  • Peter Kingsberry - So in Love (Barclay, 1991)
  • Indochine - La guerre est finie (Arista, 1992)
  • Jean-Louis Murat - Cours dire (Virgin, 1993)
  • Pascal Obispo - La moitié de moi (Epic, 1993)

UK remixes

  • Ritmo Rivals - Americano Slide (Planet 4, 1994)
  • Tony di Bart - The Real Thing (DMC, 1994)
  • Karyia - Let me love you (DMC, 1994)
  • Living Joy - Dreamer (DMC, 1995)
  • Phase 2 - Reachin' (DMC, 1995)

Mixed CD compilations

  • Rave Tool (Delabel / Virgin, 1993)
  • DJ Culture (Stress [France release only], 1994)
  • DJ Culture 3 (Stress, 1996)


Special thanks to:

Jerry @ Continental Records, Michaël Amzalag @ eDEN, Nick Hook @ Whoop it up!, The Ryan family @ Miss Moneypenny's, Adrian Luvdup, Tom's family & all the others I forget.