Tomás originally comes from Lisbon, and started on percussion at age 7. Since he’s also lived in Mexico, the USA and the UK, he’s bringing a lot of influences from different cultures to Germany with him. Since 2012, he’s fully dedicated himself to music, founding Luna Marada (psychedelic grunge) in 2013 and Apeskope (psychedelic futuristic pop) in 2018. He’s appeared with and/or taken on over 15 different projects. In this way, he’s developed himself into an experienced drummer and percussionist, who also focuses on songwriting and production.
This means that Tomás has experience both with starting his own bands and as a session drummer. Aside from his own projects, he’s appeared with Rilke (alternative rock), Mama Racho (psychedelic cumbia), The Bleachés (surf soft rock), Cut the Berry (experimental tribal rock), Dark Little Rain Cloud & the Flying Mariachi (pop rock) and many others. All these names can be found on YouTube and/or Spotify.
In 2021, he completed a Master’s at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he gained further experience in jazz, songwriting, ensemble, theory and production. He learned with the following teachers: Dave Hassell (jazz and Latin, RNCM), Bryan Hargreaves (pop, RNCM), Richard Jupp (drumming, songwriting and pop, Elbow), Charlie Andrew (production and mixing, Alt-J), Gareth Hughes (pop, jazz and Latin, University of Salford), and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (rhythm group, University of Huddersfield), among others.
Influences that have shaped him include Pink Floyd, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, The Beatles, Nirvana, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Tool, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Arcade Fire, The Roots, Alt-J, and many more.
His stylistic focus lies with his preferred genres of rock, electro, pop, jazz, hip hop, metal and more. As well as drums, Tomás also plays the piano and is an experienced producer and songwriter. He’s been trained in our thePlanetDrum teaching method, and has been a teacher at thePlanetDrum since January 2022.