For those who aren’t familiar with you or your sound yet, how would you describe it?
Experimental Pop. There are latin rhythms and calypso sounds used sometimes but I’m open to lots of influences and there is a lyrical focus.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Out Of The Oddness”?
Out of the Oddness is a combination of building and enveloping synth sounds, marimba melodies and off kilter rhythms. It’s my favourite off the Mini-LP as it feels the most like it’s own thing and gets me excited every time.
How did the single name come about?
The song is about negotiating and learning from uncomfortableness in spite of yourself. ‘Out of the Oddness’ seemed to sum that up.
Did any event/s in particular inspire you to write the track?
When I was 7 years old I arrived with my Mum and brother at a scary new school in a big new city. At lunch time I was paired up with a kid who took me to a tree he used like a jungle gym and we jumped off this very high wall to swing on this branch. After a few successful attempts I missed the branch and fell badly on my arm. My brother came running from the tennis courts and carried me to the sick bay with my new broken arm.
How are the topics in the song reflected in the video?
The Directors Phoebe Mackenzie and Emily Berryman created themes in each scene of the video that conveyed the same feeling of newness, conflict, growth and nostalgia as in the song. An example of this is when the main character discovers the mystical sword. Cutting back to the character’s handmade bird costume reflects this too.
You seem to have an interest in video generally. Tell us more about that.
I love the way video and music can combine to create something that is different from both of them – the way video can highlight aspects of the song which may have otherwise been quite subliminal and vice versa. It’s been a rewarding process exploring different video styles for each of my singles.
How different is this new single from your previous material?
It’s more quirky and surprising than the last single ‘Beside You’ and more driving than ‘Madness’. I think it’s the best of both worlds.
What would be your dream collaboration?
What other career path you would’ve chosen if not music?
I do like to be a clown on stage/when making my own videos and fancied myself as an actor when I was a kid so doing some more of that would be fun. Otherwise perhaps I’d still be involved with creating events, I’m not sure.
What else is happening next in Tom Lee-Richard’s world?
More touring, more swimming at the beach and more collaboration with other songwriters!