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1.615.866.5015 Ext. 132
1176 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Starting his venture into music at the young age of six years old, Thomas O’Conor was a quick study while sitting behind the drum throne, eventually even picking up other percussion instruments. His focus shifted to the world of DJing when he got his first set of turntables and a sampler at the age of 13, but the influence of his training on drums could still be found in his performances.

“I was really into turntablism and electronic music in my early teens. I was playing the turntables and mixer as a percussion instrument,” says O’Conor.  “As I got older, I would dream about one day having my own studio full of gear, drum machines and synths making my own music.”

O’Conor’s dream of creating his own studio led him to attend SAE Los Angeles to study both Electronic Music Production and Audio Engineering.  After landing a position as an intern at Deanland Studios in Malibu, he quickly ascended to the studio’s engineer chair. Making the decision to continue his education, O’Conor left Deanland for SAE London to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Audio Production and Engineering.

“When I got back from London, my passion for gear and learning about new technologies led me to work in Pro Audio/Studio Retail,” O’Conor states. “I'm glad I took this path, as my favorite part of the job is helping clients with their studios and learning about new gear/technology that is coming to market.”

Since starting as Sales Support at Vintage King Los Angeles in 2015, Thomas has been serving clients around the country and helping them make their own studio dreams into a reality. In his new role as a Sales Team Member, he’ll be continuing his efforts, but on an even bigger worldwide scale.

Q & A

What is your favorite piece of gear?

Shure SM57. When it comes to "bang for buck" the 57 can't be beat!

What piece of gear do you think changed history?

As far as changing history, the microprocessor has the most impact in modern times in my opinion. It completely changed the recording process (for better or worse, depending on who you ask), and it also opened up a new way of thinking. Even today, we're constantly coming up with new ways to bridge the gap between analog and digital, which is directly related to the development of the microprocessor.

What record do you point to as an example of perfect music production?

Anything by Aphex Twin, the man is a genius. From beautiful compositions to creating some of the dirtiest sounds which complement the composition perfectly, he does it better than most try to.

What made you want to work at Vintage King?

Vintage King has always done a great job at being passionate about gear as am I. As soon as I got here, I could tell that we're all like-minded when it comes that passion for gear and music, but we all bring a different flavor to the table. I really enjoy Vintage King's culture and consider myself fortunate to be a part of it.