Everything begins with a preexisting piece. This one was written in the early 1800s - Caprice 24 for solo violin by Paganini. Paganini's Caprice 24 has fascinated composers (including such greats as Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Liszt and Schumann to name but a few) for the last 200 years and Tom is no different. His version starts out with piano, string quintet, vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba, xylophone but then takes a post-rock twist.
Music consultant Jesper Gadeberg, soon found a home for this piece on a pan-European Audi commercial, but this was to be only the start of Paganini Rocks' journey. Publisher Boosey & Hawkes played the piece to Radio 1 DJ, Sunday Best owner and Bestival founder Rob da Bank who then teamed up with Tom Middleton to bring ROBORTOM into being.
da Bank and Middlteton later recruited American synth-pop band Au Revoir Simone, who busied themselves turning Paganini Rocks into a dance floor filler. A host of remixes from the likes of James Talk & Mighty Mouse followed, and Paganini Rocks became a stalwart of the Ibizan summer.