London-based singer-songwriter Tom Speight has been steadily making a name for himself through a string of support slots with bands including Starsailor, Travis and Turin Brakes. His pure and poetic songs have beguiled audiences across the country but as he prepares to head out on his own headline tour later this week, Sync caught up with him for a brief chat…
SYNC: So you’re covering some crazy miles later this month with the tour. How are you looking forward to getting back out on the road for these headline dates?
Tom Speight: I only just got off tour from supporting Turin Brakes and Starsailor ilast month, so it was nice to be back home writing for a week or so before these dates start. I love touring and playing my songs live. I don’t I will ever get tired from that.
SYNC: The tour kicks off in Bristol on Friday, a city that in which we have had many musical adventures over the years. What do you make of the city?
Speight: I supported Travis on my first Bristol gig. It was at the Academy and was the first date of the tour and what a great place to start it! I have had some great shows at the Thelka too. It always seems like such a cool welcoming city to me.
SYNC: We first saw you in Exeter early last year in fact, when you supported the superb Turin Brakes on their tour. It struck us then that your music is very much a blend of folk and pop – is that something you strive for or is any particular genre or label secondary to just making the music?
Speight: I think you’re not far off. Folk & pop is something I definitely listen to. I grew up on Simon & Garfunkel and Oasis. I would also maybe add a dash of Americana to my sound.
SYNC: We featured Willow Tree earlier this year – now that’s a very special song indeed. What was the story behind that one?
Speight: That song was written about my first serious relationship. It’s become a song that I don’t feel is mine anymore – although in a good way! It’s had a life of its own and really seems to connect with people, and I’m very grateful for that.
Tom Speight – Willow Tree
SYNC: Tell us about the new material – for what is I believe your 6th EP now?
Speight: Six EPs… I can’t believe it! I put out my first one in January 2016 and haven’t stopped. EP 6 is the most bold of all. I’ve pushed myself more so on this than others and definitely tried new things.
SYNC: You’ve collaborated with some great singers and musicians in the past, who have you been working with on the latest material?
Speight: This EP is Chris Bond on production duties again and I’ve also co-written with Carey Willetts from Athlete, and Turin Brakes.
SYNC: Finally, what can fans expect from your upcoming live shows? Will you be venturing into the crowd for part of the set?
Speight: Lots of songs! The main thing is I want everyone to have a good time! I’m just going to play the songs well and deliver the best possible performance I can.
Tom Speight plays Bristol (17 November), Birmingham (19), Dublin (21), Leeds (22), London (23), Glasgow (24), and Manchester (25). Ticket info here.
Tom Speight – Waiting (Live)