Tuesday 26th September 2017
Cambridge born Tom Lumley has just announced his next single “Just Like The Light” and being fortunate enough to have an advanced preview, Tom has instantly been added to my list of artists to watch out for. This year has seen some great new music from up and coming artists, and I already know that we are going to be hearing a lot more from Tom over the coming months. It’s been an exciting year having already performed at a string of live dates, being picked up by BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire and winning Best Male Solo Artist at the NMG Awards; but Tom isn’t stopping there. His next single “Just Like The Light” is due for release this week and he has further tour dates lined up to see the year through. I couldn’t let such amazing talent pass me by so I caught up with Tom to find out how he’s feeling about his release and upcoming tour dates, and what we can also expect from him next.
Your next single “Just Like The Light” is due for release on the 28th September. How are you feeling about getting your new music out there?
I’m very excited. It feels like it’s been a while since I released ‘Dream City’ and it feels like people really can’t wait to hear it.
What’s the single about?
The singles about the type of people that will soon turn on your friendship and stab you in the back to be part of a more popular group of people.
How does the single compare to previous material on your debut EP “Dream City,” and how would you say you’ve grown as a musician?
I’d definitely say it’s another step up. I don’t really know how to explain how but it just feels like as a band we’re moving forward all the time.
Congratulations on winning Best Male Solo Artist at the NMG Awards! How was the event, and what did winning the award mean to you?
Thank you! It was an amazing night. The event has grown and grown, the likes of Mallory Knox, Lonely The Brave and John Kennedy were involved this year in handing out awards. Best Male Solo is an award I’ve always wanted to win but to be honest never thought I would. It’s such a hard category so to be chosen by a judging panel made up of well respected industry professionals is mad.
Could you tell me about your writing process? Being a solo artist do you have anyone to bounce ideas from, and how do you know when a song is ready?
I start my songs off on my own with an acoustic guitar. I tend to get them to a point where I feel happy then pitch them to my guitarist Jake Day. He’ll help with changing a few bits then we demo them in his studio.
You’ve been picked up by BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire, which is fantastic. How does it feel hearing your music on the radio?
It still feels weird. It’s just nice to know people are liking my music enough to want to play it. BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire have been so supportive of me and I really can’t thank Tom Simkins enough for that.
Are you looking to release your next EP or album in the near future?
At the moment I’m going to stick with singles. I have a locker full of songs but I don’t want to rush it and just chuck them out there. I’m going to try and keep building the fan base whilst releasing singles until I think it’s the right time for an album.
How are you enjoying being on the road and touring? You’ve got a jam-packed tour schedule for the rest of the year.
We’ve just had a month and a bit off after festival season which to be honest has been horrible. We all felt we needed a little break but I’ve hated it, I just love being on stage. It has been nice to get a lot of writing done and add some songs to the live show though. We can’t wait to get back on the road.
Who has been your favourite band or artist to tour with so far?
We haven’t necessarily done a whole tour with one band yet so I can’t really say. Playing shows with The Hunna was mad though, they’re top lads. We tend to play a lot of shows and festivals with a good mate of mine Oscar Corney, so we always have a good laugh with him.
If you were given the opportunity to perform in the BBC Live Lounge, which song would you cover and why?
Oooo hard question. I’d want to do something completely different to my music and try make it my own. I’d probably go for a Britney Spears or Girls Aloud song to be honest, change it up a bit.