TOBACCO (otherwise known as Thomas Fec) is an electronic producer whose been creating mesmerizing sounds that range from psychedelic rock to alternative hip hop for almost 20 years—both as a solo artist and as a member of the group, Black Moth Super Rainbow. The stage name TOBACCO is based off of the Tobacco Man character from the movie Redneck Zombies, which freaked him out as a kid and made a lasting impression.
The Pennsylvania native was first known on the scene as a part of the psychedelic rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow, until finally putting out a solo TOBACCO release in 2008 with the album, Fucked Up Friends (which just so happened to be recorded using only analog equipment, which is pretty cool for the electronic genre.) When he isn’t busy with Black Moth Super Rainbow, he’s remixing tracks for artists like HEALTH and White Zombie, or he’s producing and working with artists like Beck and Aesop Rock. Beck was featured on his 2010 release, Maniac Meat on the tracks “Fresh Hex” and “Grape Aerosmith.” He’s also had multiple songs featured on the HBO series Silicon Valley.
TOBACCO recently released his fourth full length album, Sweatbox Dynasty, in 2016, which is his second release for Ghostly International. He started working on Sweatbox Dynasty right after finishing 2014’s Ultima II Massage, and he ended up using one of his classic unique recording techniques— He laid every single track onto an individual cassette, and then transferred it to a sampler where he further altered the sounds. Once you hear the final result, it’s a perfect collection of “all over the place” tracks that serve as great example of what makes his work so memorable and unique.