Thomas Jay Tsuruda was immersed in music as soon as he could read. Starting with piano as a child, and 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 with some of the biggest names in the game, holding down stages with Penthouse Penthouse, Mr. Carmack, Sweater Beats, Bassnectar, Mikos Da Gawd, Ivy Lab, Mono/Poly, Zeke Beats, Eprom, and many more. Performing the main stages at festivals such as Infrasound, Bassrush, Astral Valley, and Eclipse in Oregon, he continues to explore the limitless depths of his soundscapes.
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. He continues to defy any possible genre restrictions, which was emphasized most recently through his album “Unlimited Data” released on Courteous Family records on October 5th, 2018. An LA resident, he can either be found on the road, in the studio, or at The Echo for his monthly Hypnothesis with fellow musicians Great Dane, Woolymammoth, Courteous Tone and Hapa.