After a great show in The University of Huddersfield’s Student Central, T’HUD Magazine reporter Tom Bithell sat down with singer Tom Prior for a chat about his performance in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, music videos and not releasing anymore EP’S…
What has recently been happening for you?
The large thing really was the EP’s we put out in November. We put out three versions of the same EP basically; the EP is called ‘The Sunday Scene’. One version is all the originals, one is the acoustic version and the other is a live version where we have other artists collaborating with us. Since then we have just been in the studio trying to write the next stuff.
Where did it all begin for you and why did you choose music?
I’ve got no idea! I didn’t choose music, music chose me! I think it was just in school. I first rapped only; I didn’t used to play piano or sing or anything. It was only when I went to college and people were playing in bands a lot more that I began to sing.
Your new songs are very emotional, where did they come from?
The thing is for me, the reason why I don’t like to always play acoustic is because they always seem to sound a lot more earnest and deep then they really need to; do you know what I mean? Even though that is probably what’s in them. I don’t know it’s just whatever me or my mates are going through. It is always honest and real stuff though.
What is your inspiration?
Just whatever is going on. I’ve tried to write a half political song which we started the other day but I find them a lot harder than talking about what I know. It is usually a lot easier.
What would you say your style of music is?
I don’t really know what I would call it, but the change would be going to college in a completely different area and meeting people that I had never met before. Where I went to school it was just one particular group of people. I went to school in Enfield, then I moved and went to college in Essex. It was the first time I’d ever met somebody whose dad liked Led Zeppelin. I had never experienced that before so I got exposed to loads of different stuff.
How did your BBC Live lounge with Naughty Boy come about? How did you get involved with that?
It was literally just that I had been introduced to Naughty by a few people I work with and he had a Live Lounge coming up so he was quite generous. He has always tried to give his support to new artists and at the time we had just been in the studio a little bit and he was like ‘why don’t you do it?’ so we did it. It was good timing really.
What did you want to do instead of music?
I never really did want to do anything else. I started doing it so young. I used to play Sunday league football so that might have gone somewhere, but my dad was coach so that’s why I played. I was top goal scorer though two seasons in a row… won the trophies and everything.
How do you prepare for a (singing) performance?
I don’t know really. When we perform at London shows people actually come, it is a lot easier then. You just want people to have a good time and go back to their friends and be like ‘yeah, see I told you, these lot are sick’. People must come for that so when they do it is a lot easier to get motivated because you just want to put on a good time and you want to have a good time. Things like this tour are a bit different. I’ve never really done anything like this before and it is just good practice really.
How was filming your music videos?
The last one was the most fun with the whole news reporter thing for ‘It Looks Like Rain’. I just got a bit tired of walking around looking mad angry like the other videos. For this song, I wanted to have fun with it. It was a good laugh and a good day out. I am never going to do it again though; not put on a suit and tie!
What have you got coming up in the future?
We just want to do a lot more shows really. Usually when I come out of London I don’t play with a band, but I want to change that this year. I really want to go everywhere with the band and play a lot more gigs. I am not going to be releasing any more EPs, I am just going to release individual tracks until we are ready to release an album. But that is my main aim; to get the band shown across the country because that is a lot of fun.