Rowena Field-Carter caught up with singer-songwriter Tom Walker off the back of touring with The Script.
Off the back of his most recent US Tour supporting Irish rock band The Script, we grabbed a few minutes with Tom Walker to chat about the tour, his latest release, future plans and Halloween costumes.
Rowena: Now people are finally hearing it, how does it feel to have ‘Leave A Light On’ finally released?
Tom: Yeah, it’s good. It’s had an amazing reaction online. We’ve had a couple of new music Friday’s on Spotify which is wicked. We got a cover page in Germany which was quite unexpected. Support has been amazing; everybody seems to be liking it which is always good!
Rowena: Your new track is in Spotify’s ‘all-new, all now’ playlist, which includes artists like Eminem, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and then we saw Tom Walker in there which we’re really excited about, so we had to do a follow-up interview. It’s good to hear that it’s going so well.
Tom: Yeah, it’s all going really well. I’ve been pretty overwhelmed by the support, especially from Spotify. It’s happy days!
Rowena: Really good to hear! Now, you’ve just come off the back of a US tour with The Script, so what was that experience like?
Tom: Yeah that was absolutely amazing actually, it was really good. The Script boys are just total gents. They made us feel, you know, really welcome and at home on tour. It was just wicked.
Rowena: Do you have a favourite moment or highlight from the tour?
Tom: Umm… we played in Salt Lake City which was quite strange. It was a segregated crowd based on whether you were drinking alcohol or not. One side of the crowd was drinking, and the other side wasn’t and before I went on, I didn’t know which side was which. It was actually the non-drinkers that were the best in the audience, so that was a bit of a shocker! It was a really cool gig; definitely one of my favourites. We did a mixture of seating and standing gigs, and yeah that was definitely one of my favourites.
“It was actually the non-drinkers that were the best in the audience”
Rowena: So strange, I’ve never heard of that kind of crowd segregation before!
Tom: Weird one, but an experience nonetheless.
Rowena: So, did you have a favourite song to play live; one you knew would get the crowd going, or one you’d get the best reaction from?
Tom: Err, well we’ve got two singles coming up and one of them was ‘leave a light on’ and when we started the tour we hadn’t released it yet, and I’d say out of every song it got the best reaction every night. It’s always nice when you’re about to release a song, playing it live to get a reaction so you know you haven’t totally fucked up by releasing it!
It’s really good to enforce the choices that you’ve made.
Rowena: You’ve said that ‘Leave a Light On’ is “one of the realest songs you’ve ever written”, so could you tell us a little more about that?
Tom: Yeah, well it’s about… a couple of my mates have had a few problems with alcohol and substance abuse. One of my mates actually went missing for a little while. It didn’t seem like a huge problem, but he was off the radar for a bit, and I also lost a family member who was quite close to us as well. I just wanted to write a song – me and my mates are quite a strong group of friends, and it’s the same with my family; if somebody does go off the radar or goes missing, we spend a lot of time trying to figure out what’s going on with them and give them the support they needed, and I just wanted to write a song about that really.
Rowena: This time last year when we spoke to you, you told us you’d written 80 songs in the last sort of year and a half as you’re putting together an album…have you got a progress update for us on the album?
Tom: Yeah, the album’s coming…I don’t know when! But I do know it’s coming next year, hopefully before summer. I would say probably around April if I had to guess but err, we’ve not finished it yet. We’re about to start recording soon, and I’ve got all the tracks I want for the album, but I just want to make sure they all sit together, and that they sound right and that we manage to capture the live elements that we want to get on the record.
Rowena: Yeah, so are you working with Jim Abbiss again?
Tom: Yeah, I am! I’m going to record with him next week, so we’re going to spend 2 weeks in the studios together which I am so excited about because I’ve been away touring for ages, and I love touring, but my real thing, the thing that I’m most in to is going to the studio and really honing down on each part of the song and making the sound the best that it can. So I’m really excited to get back in. Jim is just such an amazing producer – I phoned him up this morning, and like, he’s as excited as I am! And that’s wicked…I don’t think you necessarily get that with every producer, so I’m really buzzing to go back in and record it!
Rowena: Awesome, we’re excited to hear it! So, when and where can fans next catch you?
Tom: Um well there is a list of UK dates coming up everywhere from Scotland, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton then finishing in London (and probably a few others I’ve forgotten). Like, I’ve literally just got back from The Script tour, and I’m still a bit bamboozled by the whole thing.
I’ve got a couple of dates in Europe with a band called Hurts, and a few in England, so that will be wicked as well.
“I love touring, but my real thing, the thing that I’m most in to is going to the studio and really honing down on each part of the song and making the sound the best that it can. ”
Tom’s success over the past year has put him on the path of a very bright future. Check out his new EP ‘Leave a Light On’ and see what you think for yourself… https://open.spotify.com/track/6lOWoTqVnAWXchddtTH31W
Before we let Tom go, we just had to know…
Rowena: Just one more, bit of a stupid question: do you have plans for Halloween and if you do, what’s your Halloween costume?
Tom: I don’t know what to do actually. If I had to pick it’d probably be a ghost because it would be something really last minute that I haven’t thought of, and I’ve definitely got a spare sheet going in my house somewhere!
Rowena: Thank you so much for taking the time, we look forward to seeing what you’ve got for us in the future!