Tom Lugo is a man that wears many hats. When he’s not actively seeking out talent as a Corporate Recruitment Consultant, or honing his martial arts skills in the octagon, he is making music. And plenty of it! Tom is involved with many musical projects including his own band Stellarscope, his solo work as Panophonic and collaborations with ShiShi, Under The Wire and Super Toys. If that wasn’t enough to keep this guy busy, he also owns and operates the Indie label Patetico Recordings.
Finding a bit of down time while recovering from a martial arts related shoulder injury, Tom was kind enough to share his thoughts about music, art, and life in general.
What are you listening to (on iPod, record, cd, Bandcamp)?
Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” is playing as I answer these questions. Before that it was “Ya’ Slippin’” by Boogie Down Productions.
Why do you live where you do?
The convenience of nature near a major metropolitan area. I have wildlife all around, wooded areas, and a lovely creek that I visit daily.
What is your “must” read online (besides us, ha ha)?
Step On magazine or bust…lol. Otherwise it is Space.com or news media outlets.
Name something you consider a mind altering work of art.
Paintings by Dali, Van Gogh, H.R. Giger. Music by Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Os Mutantes.
What record/tape/cd/digital format music album inspired you to take up music?
Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix on vinyl. When my dad played that when I was kid, I fell in love with distortion.
What advice should you have taken but did not?
Finish your college degree.
What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Relaxing with the family, drink in hand, barbequing while listening to good music.
What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?
Plastic Surgery Disasters by Dead Kennedys.
What was your most memorable day job?
Corporate Recruitment Consultant (my career). I hated everything else I did prior to it. I would really like my memories about all of it erased.
How do you spoil yourself?
I buy guitar pedals or martial arts weapons. I like weapons and toys.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Jesus or Gautama Buddha. I would serve them wine, fresh baked bread, dipping oils, imported cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruits. I would talk about the meaning of life.
What is your favourite 90’s band(s)?
Though many actually started in the 80s, My Bloody Valentine, Pantera, Chapterhouse, Tool, Ride, The Verve, Meshuggah, Pale Saints, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Blur, Alice in Chains, Fear Factory, Hootie & the Blowfish.
What is your favourite current band(s)?
A Place to Bury Strangers, Arctic Monkeys, Ummagma, Joy Formidable, The On2s, Lana Del Rey, Static Daydream, Bloc Party, The Veldt, The Neighbourhood, Suzy Blu.
What is your favourite journey?
My life, I would do it all over again. Hopefully there is a long journey still ahead.
Who is your favourite hero(es) of fiction?
Hercules, Wolverine, Han Solo, Batman, Prometheus, Spiderman, The Punisher.
What is your current mood?
What is your favourite occupation?
Actor, but I can’t make a living off that though.
What should people know about you?
When I was a child, I wanted to be an astronaut.
What are your 3 favourite films?
Pulp Fiction, Terminator 2, The Godfather.
Favourite TV shows/streaming shows?
The Walking Dead, Marco Polo, Daredevil, Big Bang Theory, Ancient Aliens.
Who or what makes you laugh?
My daughter and my wife, silliness, and slapstick comedy.
What is your dream vacation/trip if money was no object?
Travel the world. Not just the major cities but an exploration of each culture, food, and sights.
What has been the most significant achievement you’ve had with your music so far?
Being in the game for so long and still being optimistic that someday people will take notice. But if they don’t, I will still keep doing what I do because it is not just what I do… it is who I am.