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INTERVIEW: Bailey Tomkinson

Hi Bailey, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Awesome thanks! No bad days!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “7 Minutes In Heaven”?

Sure, it’s an upbeat Country pop song.  It’s bouncy and fun and hopefully even people that aren’t normally into Country music will like it. I released it on March 13th which is Country2Country weekend which was a bit of a risk because normally it’s a weekend that all the big American stars are over here and they dominate the country charts. We actually went in at #2 and only Keith Urban kept us off the top slot, so I was pretty pleased at how well it stood up.

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

Not one event per se. A little because I love movies like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for the sense they have where in one, crazy night literally anything can happen. I live in St Ives, Cornwall and we throw some pretty good parties down here so I thought it would be interesting to try to capture that feeling in a song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was fun, we filmed up in Bristol and were directed by my friend and uber-talented filmmaker Rory Ahanan, we wanted to capture the aftermath of a great party, so we decided to have a great party and then film the aftermath! It was very method!

How was the recording and writing process?

The song was written in one afternoon actually, generally I start with the melody because I think that’s what drives a good song. Its the melody that grabs the listener and then they learn the words.  My lyrics usually start out as jotted down thoughts and poems in my little book and as I match them to the melody, I flesh them out some.

I hadn’t actually planned to record 7 Minutes in Heaven straight away but I was in the studio working on ‘Last Kiss’ my previous single, and I played it to Gareth Young my producer at Cube in Truro, and he was like that’s a really immediate song, we need to get that done too.  I generally write alone so I love working with Gareth because it gives me somebody to bounce ideas off.

What role does St. Ives play in your music?

Lyrically maybe not that much, but the whole sunshine vibe of Kernowfornia definitely feeds the vibe of my music! I think coastal living has quite a lot in common with the rural themes prevalent in Country Music, there’s a degree of shared experience.

How Keith Urban and Jewel has influence your writing?

I think you try to learn from all great songwriters, I admire Keith Urban for the honesty in his writing, I think that results in more authentic music, I’ve spoken recently about the fact that I’m a British country artist so I want my music to reflect that reality, it would feel a bit dishonest to sing about a lonesome prairie in a fake Texan twang, like I was doing an impersonation or something.   Jewel has very much been the soundtrack to my life…Pieces of You was my mums favourite album when I was in the womb! I have really vivid memories of 03/04 being on the stereo as we drove though Monza park when living in Italy, I love the way she can cross genres from Folk to Country to Dance and Pop, even acting and poetry. The whole follow your own path thing is absolutely inspirational. 

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

I’m back in the studio very soon to work on my next single, it’s a project I’m very excited about, I want to keep blurring genre boundaries and evolving my sound, I’m also thinking about another EP, I’ve got loads of material ready to go.  I’m tentative because I’m still learning so much about the business of music and I want to make sure that I’ve got the best possible team around me before I commit to an album.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’re thinking about June time for my next single but don’t hold me to that!  The working title at the moment is “Movie Scene”.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I’m making my London debut in April at Luna Lounge, then we head into festival season, the highlight being that I’m playing Boardmasters in August, after that I’d definitely like to tour more extensively, so if any venues out there want to put me on the bill, hit me up!

What else is happening next in Bailey Tomkinson’s world?

Summer’s coming! I can’t wait, I’ve missed the sun!

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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