INTERVIEW: Tom Walton

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

Hi, thanks for having me! Yes, I’m good thanks! Excited to be talking with you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Move On”?

Yes I’d love to! So “Move On” is the 7th track off my debut studio album “Sonic limbo” it’s an uplifting, anthemic house track perfect for dancing the night away to,  on an intimate club dancefloor. It’s received critical appeal following being featured on BBC introducing in the East Midlands where I’m from and has then been selected for more local airplay in the region, which is amazing news!

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

I wouldn’t say one particular event inspired me to make this track, but more a collection of thoughts and feelings about where I’m at in life. Trying to not get too bogged down in thought and overthinking, it’s a story of letting go and moving on with your life. Leaving past thoughts of negativity behind you and looking to a more positive future with a newly conceived feeling of optimism and hope!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

At the minute there is no music video for the track, life’s a little crazy with all the restrictions of the pandemic and being locked down makes it especially hard to get a team together to make a much wanted music video. I hope it’s something that might be on the cards after Covid is all behind us!

The single comes off your new album Sonic Limbo – what’s the story behind the title?

Sonic Limbo, is an eclectic album when it comes to defining its sound. It’s a real mixture of different genres under the umbrella of electronic dance music; from 2-step Garage to House music and nostalgic throwbacks to the days of  old school raves  with a bit of Breakbeat also. The album follows a theme of feelings that we all experience at one time in our lives and I would describe it as being in a state of “Limbo” , there’s no real clarity to what something is or might be and you feel like you’re caught somewhere in the middle not knowing where you’ll end up. This is also captured in the albums feel with it’s array of various subgenres.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a really fun process to write and record this track, it was one of the later tracks to be produced on the album ; aiming for this to be a bit more radio friendly with its catchy vocal hooks and that infectious bassline groove! It all started with the vocals and then it was a case of building the track that felt like it belonged with it. Overall, creating a track that could appeal to your commuting listener on the way to work, just as much as your keen weekend raver!

How has your musical upbringing influenced your writing?

Music has always played a large role in my family and my upbringing, my older brother was an accomplished Jazz Pianist and I started out my musical career as a guitarist playing Rock and Indie numbers, where I soon gained a desire to write songs myself. It all clicked into place when I found what suited me most, producing Dance music and DJing. My father used to play Trance CDs in the car to keep himself motivated and aware, it hit me that not only was that music energetic and added a sensation of Euphoria, but also listening more carefully you discovered that there was some beautiful music within that. It was a case of finding my way to blend those uplifting and euphoric feelings with my experiences and influences from my youth, that led me to where we are today!

With your music getting more and more momentum – did that put any pressure on you as you work on this new material or rather the opposite?

There was definitely a sense of added pressure, thinking this isn’t just a single I’m pushing here, this is a body of work that I want to stand the test of time. Something that I’d be able to return to in many years time and listen back and still feel a sense of pride about what it is that I created. I’d been building as much hype as I could surrounding the albums’ release. The last thing I think any of us want as creatives is to work so hard on a project for it to be brushed past like it was nothing. Particularly, I wanted to emphasise that Dance music could be more than just momentum and energy, I didn’t want it to sound just like another single or EP. So I guess I’d say I set the bar high for myself and I’m my own worse critic as many of us are. The reception to the project has been phenomenal, and I can’t thank the fans and listeners enough for their devotion and support! I’m glad the listeners are enjoying it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

What were some of the emotions you get to explore on this record?

Like I said earlier, it was focused around the ideas of moving past negative thoughts that were holding you back in one way or another. A feeling I’m sure lots of us have felt through the long winded nature of the Pandemic, I guess it was a feeling of turning the page. Why let one bad moment spoil everything else that is to come! In every life a drop of rain must fall, but there will be days where the sun will shine again! It sounds cliche, but it’s something I think all of us can relate to.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The idea was for the album to follow a narrative, you listen through from start to finish and you take note of what’s happening. It’s message is to keep on going despite what you face, these things can take time and it won’t all happen at once. But you keep giving it your all, you will get where you need to be in life, whatever your calling. The album is more about emotions and thought, it uses those titles and lyrics to personify those emotions. I felt that made it somehow more relatable and would be more appealing to the listener, if that makes sense.

What else is happening next in Tom Walton’s world?

Well firstly I’m going to keep on plugging the album. Just because the album is out now doesn’t mean it gets put on the backburner, so I’ll continue to work hard on plugging the album where I can. I’ve also started work on my next few projects with a focus on writing new music to take me to the next stage. I’m getting myself more familiar with other DJs and producers and working collaboratively on some exciting stuff, and like everyone else in the music industry I can’t wait for us to be able to gig again! Overall, I’d say I’m going to work even harder, try my best to maintain the momentum and keep on growing in every aspect, be it as an artist or as a DJ! I’m feeling good about the future despite the uncertainty still ahead of us. I’m going to pull my socks up and tackle it head on, it’s the only way I know!

I’ve had an absolute pleasure talking to you! Thanks very much for having me and thank you for your time! I look forward to chatting to you again!

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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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