We had the good fortune of connecting with Tom Berry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tom, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor for me for success is really just be tenacious. Focus on doing whatever you do and just constantly try to make it better. It seems clique, but there is wisdom in the quote, one becomes an expert if you do something for ten thousand hours not that I’m an expert by any means (TRUST ME I’M NOT) but I think the saying refers to the fact that people have to try and try and try again before they can find their path within a given subject or craft, etc. I am constantly making music, at least 5 times a week, which is what I’ve always done and honestly, have to do. Making music really isn’t an option for me, it’s something that’s constantly flowing out. It’s something I love and hate. It’s fun and frustrating, endearing and exhausting. My Father is a professional musician, so music was constantly influencing what I did as a child even though my parents were always good to leave it up to us kids as to what we wanted to do in life. My sister and I were exposed to orchestral music, show tunes, rock, jazz, world music and everything in between. Music is always been there for me. I am constantly testing ideas on the one’s I love, trying to find that sound. Sometimes I find it and sometimes I don’t but I’m always working towards it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make a unique version of electronic music that incorporates elements of industrial, experimental, heavy metal dubstep and EDM together to create a new genre of dance music. I grew up listening to heavy metal and was exposed to the genre of dubstep which intrigued me significantly. So, I wanted to combine my old love with a new one and Guest of Rapture was born. I love to mix the grind of the electric guitar with the lighter synths of EDM and dubstep. Which has turned out to be an awesome combination.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to see what I call “old” Los Angeles. I would want them to see all of the art deco buildings that grace the city like the Observatory, the Rosevelt, Union Station, the old Sears building in Boyle Heights, etc. That’s something people don’t see when they come to the LA Area and they should! Los Angeles has such an interesting history! I would also take them on some of the awesome ghost tours we have in the southland. That’s another way to learn a lot about LA and the people who lived here. Everything from a Black Dahlia tour to the Hollywood Sign Suicide tour. So much fun!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife and family for always supporting me in what I do.
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Youtube: Guest of Rapture
Other: Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/artist/4e6TTSURV9PZxuuBg5PYfw?si=xzvwrKQuQVCBSnbolkzI6Q Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/tom-berry-17