Through Tommy’s own struggles, music has always been there as a form of comfort when people are not enough, and now he’s writing music to bring that comfort to others. We spoke to the singer-songwriter as his new single ‘Pyre’ graces the public realm…

After watching people close to him suffer through mental illness and heartbreak, Tommy’s feelings became detached from the everyday life and towards deeper meanings. He began to write songs that, although often bleak, look to bring hope to those that are experiencing pain.

With only two singles, ‘Binary Love’ and ‘Front’, Tommy has already amassed a substantial band of loyal listeners and it’s no wonder with the emotions he conveys not only through his songwriting but through the melodies and instruments that contain them. The building orchestral strings in ‘Binary Love’ which, along with his voice, emit feelings of hope that reach a crescendo. The reverberating guitar which stands alone behind his impassioned vocal cries on ‘Front’. Basically, when we heard that his third single ‘Pyre’ was on it’s way, we knew to be prepped for a ride.

Tommy’s latest release, ‘Pyre’ demonstrates his selfless writing in the hope to improve others lives. The single once again offers something completely different from the previous, whilst continuing Tommy’s emotional narratives and depth. In ‘Pyre’, guitar is swapped for piano, impassioned, loud vocals are swapped for something soft and powerful, all-in-all creating a song that offers comfort and warmth to its listener.

With his new single out today, we spoke to Tommy to find out a little more about him with a few quick-fire questions.

Three words to describe our/my music
Cinematic, moody, hopeful

Last photo on your phone…
An upright piano

Favourite instagram account…
@conradjongodly

The best venue I’ve played…
I played an open mic at a small bar in Berlin a few years ago. The people there were lovely and it always reminds me why I make music. It also had tables and chairs on the ceiling!

Earliest song you remember…
The Who – My Generation

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Bicycle food courier or the ongoing hospitality industry…

Favourite food on tour…
Cinnamon swirls. Banana bread taking a close second place.

My Favourite word…
Bubble

Things that cheer me up…
Rollerblading into the wind. I also love drawing and painting.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
On top of a mountain.

I think you should listen to…
Junodream. Soothing melodies and beautiful production. What else can I say?

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Sigur Ros, their live show looks incredible and they are experimenting with a lot of immersive technology at the moment that fascinates me.

‘Pyre’ is out now.