We recently caught up with Derbyshire-raised, London-based singer-songwriter Tom Bright. ‘Hard-worker’ is almost an understatement when describing this artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. 2019 has been a big year, constantly gigging and touring, producing album number one, and performing at Glastonbury Festival.
Here’s what Tom has to say about it all…
Thomas, how the devil are you?
Not bad at all mate…
You’re just back from New York. What was that all about?
I had my first gig out there, which was great!
The last year’s been busy for you. What’s been going on?
Been a pretty mega one, yeah. Playing Glastonbury for the first time was a particular highlight. Countless shows around multiple countries, supported the likes of Tom Grennan, curated my own festival for The Joe Strummer Foundation, and just finished recording album one with Ed Harcourt on production. In fact, we just mastered it at Abbey Road last week…
What’s been different to how you’ve approached the last year? You seemed to have upped your game.
On NY Eve last year, I said to myself I was going to be absolutely relentless this year. I’ve achieved loads… and I’m going to say exactly the same thing to myself at the same time this year.
Tell us what your day looks like. How do you stay on top of things?
Wake up at 6.30am. Walk, meditate, 100 press ups, shower, porridge and I’m in. Sit at my laptop with my diary open (having the day already mapped out the night before) and go from there…
You seem to be gigging a lot. How have they been going and where have you been?
Been all over really. Germany, France, Holland, US, etc, etc. Shows are great overseas – we are welcomed so well!
On the writing front. How often do you sit down and write new material? Do you find it an easy process or is it a grind?
The writing shouldn’t feel like a grind. If it does, maybe you’re forcing it out and it’s going to be cack. I get creative bursts – might not write anything for a few weeks, then BAM. 5 in a week.
What advice would you give to dudes starting out just now? Would you say there’s an age cap on trying to make it or do you encourage anyone to just do it?
To any dudettes, or dudes, starting out in this game… ignore the “can’ts” and all the noise. Just focus. Go hard. Do what you’ve got to do. Work that job in that shop to pay your rent. Make those coffees for the guys in suits if it means you can get your name out there in the evenings. Switch off from this “age” thing everyone seems to be so concerned about…
What does the next year hold for Tom Bright?
At long last, my first album will be out. It’s been a bloody long time coming, I tell you that. There’s plenty, but I’ll keep it close to my chest…
Is London still the place to be if you want to make it in the music business?
I love London. Simple as. Is it THE place? I would say it’s one of THE places, 1000%.
I hear you’re bit of a dab hand at recording. Do you record your own music or get it done by somebody else?
I demo my own stuff, but wouldn’t produce or mix my own. I do enjoy working for others on production/writing stuff though.
Where do you record your material?
We recorded my first singles at Mick Jones’ studio with him and Dirty White. That was great. Then I’ve just recorded my first LP at Ed Harcourt’s studio.
Do you use social media to market yourself? How do you get yourself heard above the noise?
I gig, gig, gig. Admittedly, I could probably do more on the social media front – but I guess I’m a little old school like that. Digital still doesn’t beat the physical for me.
Are you releasing any music in the next couple of months? What will you be treating us to?
Who do you listen to when not listening to your own music?
Oh man. I’ve got such an eclectic taste – from Eminem to Elvis, Elbow to Echo & The Bunnymen… Sinatra to Tame Impala (you get the gist!)
You’re working with the Joe Strummer foundation. How did that come about?
I played a couple of shows in aid of the foundation and realised how few people were working so hard to achieve such good things. I had a few conversations with Jamie about ways I might be able to help here and there, and before I knew it I was on board..
You have your own Festival called Bright Fest. Tell us a little bit about it and what do you want to do with it going forward?
We’ve done Bright Fest two years running to much success. The aim is to raise the profile of the charity’s fundraising work/projects amongst the upcoming artist world, whilst promoting the serious talent coming through in London. Next year is going to be even bigger (and in a different location actually)…
What’s your favourite boozer and why?
It’s in my home county of Derbyshire – hands-down The Hollybush, Makeney. One of the oldest gaffes in the country. Check it out online, and have a trip up there! In London – gotta be The Lamb & Flag, tucked away in Covent Garden. Proper boozer.
You could invite 3 famous people, dead or alive to dinner. Who would you invite and why and what would you ask them?
Hmmmmm…. I’d have loved to have sat round a table with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra. Big cigar in the mouth. And I don’t think I’d ask them much – I’d just observe, like a weird mute. In awe.
What’s on your playlist at the moment?
I’m always updating my playlist on Spotify, ‘My Kind of Mix’ – check it out…
Anything else you’d like to tell us or plug for Tom Bright World?
Debut album en route in 2020. Get me on Instagram, @tombrightmusic and stay in touch!
It’s been a pleasure!
Follow Tom on Instagram and Facebook @tombrightmusic , check out http://www.tombright.co.uk/ , and make sure you go listen to his music and, if you can, catch him live at one of his many gigs!