INTERVIEW: T. Thomason

Hi T, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?:

Hi! I’ve been great, thank you! So excited to have “Loser” out in the world and to be chatting with you 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Loser”?:

“Loser” dives in to a new sound that I hinted at on “Bliss” a little bit. I’m really excited to have a track out that’s more synth based and dark-pop vibes. I listen to a lot of pop and I’m really excited to start diving into that genre myself.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

“Loser is about modern-day courtship. Figuring out how to be tender and honest in the age of “ghosting” and “swiping left”. I started writing it when I was going through a break up, and then finished it when I was getting into another relationship. It’s funny how those two experiences can feel similar at time. All the fear of being the one who’s “more into it”, figuring out how to assert your boundaries and all the anxiety and self-doubt that comes with that.

At the end of the day, Loser is about asking the big question – Can I trust you?

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Oh, I’m always plotting. Keep your eyes peeled!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was really long on this one. As I said, it spanned over a couple relationships and it felt like one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written. I was in an extremely vulnerable place when I was writing it.

The recording process was really exciting. My producer, Dave Henriques, really supported me on moving in a more pop direction with this one. I wrote it on the guitar, but that’s how I heard it from the beginning. Recording this was like a reclamation of power after going through such a tumultuous time when writing it. It felt awesome to make a track that’s pretty assertive mixed with very vulnerable lyrics.

What role does Halifax play in your music?

Halifax, and particularly Music Nova Scotia, has been a huge part of my career. It was through Music Nova Scotia’s open mics that happened in Halifax that I ended up in a studio for the first time when I was 13. I recently won something called the Artist in Residence Program through Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia. This program is giving me the support and the funding that I need to release my new music properly, and to make music my main focus at the moment.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes!! I am so pumped that a new album is in the works. It’s a new sound, blending the indie rock stuff I’ve been doing with more of a pop sound that’s true to what I listen to a lot in my personal life at the moment. I can’t wait to switch up the sound and get the new stuff out there.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Spring 2019 is when we’re thinking!!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m so amped to be playing Indie Week in Toronto on November 8th at the Paddock (solo), and November 10th at the Hideout (full band). After that, I head home to Halifax and play the Seahorse Tavern on November 29th with aquakulture and the Drug Rugs.

What else is happening next in T. Thomason’s world?

There is so much to come in 2019, and I can’t wait to be able to tell you more very soon. For now, my entire world is Loser!!!!

You can listen to the new single here:

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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