Tommie Cool was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan – a legendary breeding ground for exceptional musical talent in all genres. With his father being one of the original members of the soul group Enchantment, Tommie developed a love and appreciation for the emotion and energy of a plethora of music genres. He showed an early interest in making music by learning to play the drums at the age of five.
After graduating from Redford High School and Wayne State University, Tommie founded the now defunct hip-hop group The Shadow Clique. This gave him the opportunity to write, produce, arrange, and emcee hip hop compositions.
Although that experience opened doors for him, his real passion was DJing. Tommie loved the style of Jam Master Jay, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mix Master Ice and other turntable mavens of the time, and after buying his first set of turntables in 2001 he began to emulate some of their techniques.
Even though hip-hop will always hold a special place for Tommie, he also developed a passion for techno and house music over the years, through listening to revolutionary Detroit DJ, Mojo. Drawing on the influences of some of his electronic music heroes such as Jeff Mills (The Wizard), Octave One, Kevin Saunderson, Robert Hood and Derrick May, Tommie has made his home DJing in some of Detroit’s well-known venues. Tommie Cool has held residencies at The Mars Bar in Hamtramck, Coaches Corner and Pulse Lounge in Downtown Detroit. He has also played at The Works, TV Lounge, Motor City Wine and Jacoby’s German Beirgarten. His rising profile has also afforded him the chance to share the stage with some of the electronic music’s finest DJs and producers including Jeff Mills (The Wizard), DJ Minx, Los Hermanos, and Pirahnahead.
A large part of Tommie’s appeal is his knowledge and appreciation for so many genres of music. He is able to blend all styles of music from jazz to techno to broken beat. With his continued success as a DJ and his desire to produce more music, there is no doubt that Tommie Cool is poised to become another exceptional musical talent from Detroit.