GET TO KNOW: Tom Auton
After spending much of the last year building up his reputation for fresh and exciting pop-rock belters, Cardiff-based singer and songwriter Tom Auton is back to his best on the thunderous new single '9 Til 9'.
As an ode to the overworked grinder of modern life, '9 Til 9' shows us more of that bold and blistering flavour Tom is known for. Filled with euphoric riffs, killer hooks, and a superbly catchy chorus to boot, it definitely feels like he is on the cusp of something very special here.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
The first instrument I learned to play was actually keys. Then I picked up guitar around 3 years later!
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first record that I bought with my own money was Green Day’s “American Idiot”. I brought it with me to school every day for like 2 months.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
The only other band I’ve ever been in was for 3 weeks in Sixth form. They were called ‘The Tinmen’. They were all exceptional musicians, well above my league at the time. The music was like Red Hot Chilli’s mixed with The Beatles & T Rex. It never worked out as I was too busy with other music projects at the time, but they were seriously talented.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
I would have loved to write Nothing But Thieves - Impossible. Such a beautiful song, melodically and lyrically.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Being able to produce my own music always gives me a massive buzz. Being able to perfectly translate the sound you have inside your own head into a song is an incredible feeling.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Nothing worse for me, than writers block. I actually wrote a song about this, it’s called “Victim Of The Groove:. It talks about how useless you can feel as a songwriter, not being able to write songs. It’s like being a chef and not being able to cook anything, but you haven’t really got a valid reason why… The song also talks about how it’s part an parcel of being a musician, so you have to learn to live with it.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I would love to share a stage with Queens of the Stone Age. I’ve been spinning a lot of their music recently and that’s definitely inspired some new music. They’re just ace. Immense live too!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I’d like to think that that in five years time I’d be playing main stage at Reading or Glastonbury. If we’re really pushing the boar out, we’d be headlining, not just playing. If we don’t end up headlining then I blame Brexit.
Tom Auton's new single '9 Til 9' is out now. Check it out below.