Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Feature: TOMMA

TOMMA is an up and coming artist, guitarist and producer based in Guildford, UK. He's previously co-produced Lauren Nicole's debut album 'Tough Love' and is now releasing his very own debut EP 'The City'. We caught up with him for a quick Q&A... 

1. This is your debut EP, how have you found the experience of creating it?
The process from the start took nearly a year an a half. The first song written was 'Catfish Calling' (single) and the production for the song was done while writing so it was a weird song to have to finish and polish off. The other songs were written, then all rerecorded for the final track. It took me ages to finalise what songs were going to go in the EP. There were 8 songs to start with so some had to be dropped. There is an acoustic version of 'Catfish Calling' that was released with the single as a B-side. So in total this year ill be releasing 6 songs. The EP has 5 tracks and they’re all quite different.

2. Which track are you most excited for people to hear, and why?
I can’t wait to get reactions to 'Crystal Clear' as the song is very different to all the other ones on the EP. the EP is under the Indie rock genre and 'Crystal Clear' is a short progressive acoustic track and I can’t wait to hear what people think. But the whole EP is worth listening to 😉

3. Who do you take inspiration from musically and lyrically?
Musically I take a lot of influence from bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Everything Everything, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foo Fighters and loads and loads of others but whats funny is I wouldn't describe my music to relate necessarily to those bands. I feel like in some cases you can hear some Kings of Leon influence and Catfish and the Bottlemen but my writing is highly influenced by my life events and emotion, which is why I can’t write a particularly happy sounding song, the rage and anger that comes from bad situations in life drive me to write much more than happy emotions for me. Everyone is slightly different that way and for me music is a great way to express the way I feel.

4. Where do you hope this EP will lead you?
I hope the EP will be a starting point for me. It's a portfolio project as I’ve never released songs under my own name. There is one collaboration on the EP with David Waters but other than that, the EP is all my project, my little baby and I can’t wait to get peoples reactions to it. I hope it shows people what i can do and in the long run help me improve musically and especially in the vocal department. I’ve never been much of a singer growing up and this EP was me forcing myself to learn to sing and control my voice. I have a lot to learn and a long way to go to be very happy with the way my voice sounds and getting peoples feedback on my EP will be the best way for me to learn how to improve.

5. Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 years OR ten lives that last 100 years each?
I would rather live 10 lives that last 100 years over 1 life for 1000 years because in all my lives i'll be able to experience things in a brand new light and learn new traits and experiment with so many different walks of life. For me in this life, music and well being are the most important things to me but if I had to live another life I would see things a completely different way. Living a life for 1000 years you would still be the same person and will only be able to learn a finite amount of things as you get older, but starting again sometimes gives you better opportunities.

'The City' EP Review:
'Temple' ignites the EP with a flame that grows bigger and bigger. Starting off with a beautifully simplistic acoustic guitar, layers and layers create a blanket of very talented songwriting. With harmonies coming at you from all angles, you're sucked into the passion of the song which clearly shows through the vocals. Before you know it you're immersed into a symbol crashing high that gets you pumped to hear more.
'Catfish Calling' is the single of this EP, instantly you know you're about to hear a stand out track. Clearly displaying classic Indie Rock style, the fast paced guitar contrasting with slower supporting drums brings you into a heartbeat trance. The vocals in this track shows vulnerability...with a punch as it's speech like melody compliments the effortlessly intricate background. Flawless songwriting shines through as it takes you through highs and lows, whilst getting lyrics trapped running round your brain. This single is one to keep your eyes peeled for.
As the title track of this EP 'The City' shows a whole new level of showmanship for TOMMA, a very polished track that would never show to be from a new up and coming artist. The instrumentation, perfectly carrying and pushing the vocals throughout, to new and unexpected levels. With influences from Kings of Leon and You Me At Six peaking through, it's clear he's done his research of what exactly it takes to create a catchy track that feeds my hungry ears. 
'Blockade' brings a more electronic vibe to our ears, whilst still keeping true to his style. TOMMA explores through instrumentation in this track, and it's exciting, each section has a new instrument that keeps you on your toes, all whilst tapping along to the steady beat. This track proves a clear example of how pause can be powerful, it works so very well, it takes a good songwriter to pull it off. Narrative driven, this track takes you through the emotion of every single word, even when introducing French, as if there wasn't enough to please us already. 
TOMMA takes a big risk with 'Crystal Clear' and it sure pays off. Giving an unguarded, stripped back feel, every aspect compliments each other beautifully. His vocals give a more mature, raw and edgy feel throughout it's softness, whilst it's simple and honest guitar gets you addicted instantly. This track perfectly brings you back down to earth and is the best way to end this fast paced, exciting EP. I hope to hear more experiments like this one in the future, as TOMMA has clearly performed versatility. 

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