Former child star now a DJ in Hollywood

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 30 2011 04:53 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2011 03:28 PM

Former child star Tom Taus now making a name for himself in Hollywood.

LOS ANGELES, California – Former Philippine child star Tom Taus is making a name for himself in Hollywood as a DJ.

Taus started out in show business as a child star in ABS-CBN’s "Ang TV.”

He continued acting in movies like "Cedie" and "Anak ng Bulkan" until he moved to the United States at age 13.

At 25 years old, Taus is now known as "DJ Tommy T" to Los Angeles club crowd.

"I guess I just wanted a change. I wanted to experience something new in my life, go to a different country, be somebody totally different," said Taus.

For the past 5 years, Taus has been working on his craft as a DJ through various gigs in Hollywood.

Taus said he has fond memories of his child star days, but has no plans to return to acting.

He, however, said he would like to have a DJ gig in the Philippines in the future.

How he started his DJ career

A chance encounter in Manila with a DJ friend of his sister, actress Antoinette Taus, sparked his interest in pursuing this career.

“I tried it out, I DJ-ed at a birthday party. I was like, when I get back to Los Angeles, I'm going to buy the whole set up and really work hard at it, not waste my time, but really invest my time well, and see what comes out of it," Taus related.

What came out of it was a passion for a new career and a chance to reinvent himself.

Taus said it was not easy starting over in a competitive field, especially in Los Angeles where many superstar DJs are constantly getting discovered.

Through Filipinos who stage events in Los Angeles, he was able to put his foot in the door.

He is also getting support from Pinoy stars who now live in America.

He added his sister Antoinette is also his biggest fan.

“I feel really blessed to have all that support behind me. Seriously, everybody's been showing me so much love to my music. They're saying 'Go, Tom,'” he shared.

In a recent gig, a former showbiz colleague, Tootsie Guevarra, came to see him in action.

Michael Geist, the manager of “Elevate”, a popular club in Los Angeles, said DJ Tommy T is a rising DJ star and he is a crowd favorite. The manager added his percussion skills is an added come-on for his growing group of fans.

"No matter what's going on, Tom comes on. He gets them going. That thing he does with the drums? People love it," said Geist.

No love life

Taus, however, said one downside of his hectic schedule is he has no time for a love life.

"I've been single for a while now. I've been busy working on my music. This is really what I want to work on now, really concentrate and put my time into it," he said.

Taus said he is working toward getting DJ gigs at major cities in the US as well as internationally.

He is also currently producing his own music.

He said he also wants to perform in the Philippines one day.

Asked for a message for his Filipino supporters, he said: "I'm working on things here to further my career in music, to do good things and put a stamp in America for the Filipino people again, like Manny, like apl, like the many other talented Filipinos who have done great work already. I want to be one of those people also. I'll be back and I miss you guys.”

DJ Tommy T's next major event is slated for the first weekend of September in Las Vegas.