Without a doubt, Tommy is one of the most original acts to be gracing the In Bloom stage, and chances are, any stage he steps foot on in Geelong.
With a pop-rock blend, sharp vocals and an energy that’s hard to describe, Tommy’s performance will be one that’s hard to forget.
Can you please tell us a bit about your act?
Piano driven at rather high intensity, high energy. I was described once by my lecturer as Meatloaf eating Elton John.
My music isn’t about love, romantic relationships, cannibalism, break ups or the things that happen within the clubs that we can never speak of again, mostly because our court order forbids it. It is about positiveness, beating your best, never wasting a day and being better then you were yesterday. My high vocals will cut the quiet in the air like a chainsaw though your mother’s favourite garment and I will play the piano like you never thought was possible; shredding it, tearing its head off and making it sound as if you’ve just fed a Stradivarius violin to your garden mulcher. It is very easy to complain about the world around you but how many of us set out to change what we can change about it. My audiences and listeners will be inspired to change from their cultured physiologically constructed frameworks. To open their minds and become doers because even just you’re passionate, positive, outgoing energy can inspire others to do the same.
How long have you been performing?
A number of years.
Do you remember your first gig and what was it like?
It was a long time ago. I can remember some of my first gigs. I can remember that it took me a long time to have the confidence to be me and not slightly imitating some other artist’s style being piano and vocals.
What can we expect to see from your performance at the Geelong Show?
I’m both classically trained, jazz trained and I studied song writing and composition. So you will see everything that I learnt and be placed within a pop/rock song. When I was younger I wanted to be a concert pianist but later discovered that I could write pretty cool pop/rock songs. Many of these songs that I write are either stories, or have a social or political agenda entwined and strapped to them.
Who’s another Geelong act (or from around the region) you’d love to collaborate with and why?
I would like to collaborate with Phoenix Avenue. I really like their outgoing energy. They have mastered their song writing ability and their on stage performance is hard to beat.
What do you think of the current state of the Geelong music industry and where do you think it is headed?
The state of Geelong industry is I think the same as the rest of Australia’s music industry. It’s become a partially scripted reality TV show masquerading as a talent competition. There is great talent in Australia and, like in many industries in Australia, we punch well above our weight. There are very few places remaining for where musicians can play and perform and show off their talent that is not in a pub or a club or a licensed venue. Heavy investment is needed in industry and education so we can compete with the likes of the USA and UK and numerous other countries. Otherwise we have to ask ourselves. Is this just anther industry in Australia we want to lose? I hear the term “playing for exposure” a lot – this should never be done. No musician should ever play for exposure. It’s not a currency and would you ask, say, a builder to build you a house and do it for exposure? So why would this industry be any different?
What are you social links so people can follow you?
Find Tommy on Facebook.