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MIXING IT UP
A former Landon lacrosse player
who makes electronic music in his
bedroom gets a nod from around
BY JOE ZIMMERMANN
IN HIS BETHESDA BEDROOM, Tommy Shull
was watching a YouTube video in which Don
Diablo—a Dutch DJ and one of the 18-year-old’s
favorite electronic dance music producers—
played music for a crowd of thousands. ;e
lyrics started playing alongside a beat eerily
familiar to Tommy. It sounded just like one he
made a few months earlier.
“I was like, ‘OK, it’s a remix to a popular song.
;at doesn’t mean it’s mine,’ ” he recalls. “And
then I heard the drop and I’m like, ‘OK, what
the heck is going on? He just played my song.’ ”
Tommy ran downstairs to tell his parents, who
could see their son’s excitement.
;e world of electronic music relies on collaboration and borrowing (DJs remix pop songs