In Conversation With Rising Star Tom Grennan Ahead Of His Sold-Out Show In Nottingham

Indie artist, Tom Grennan with his charming stage presence and strong vocals is a rising star.

With sold-out shows even before the release of his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’, he is definitely one to watch.Before his show, at Rock City, in Nottingham, he sat down with us for a chat, as he tells us more about the album, his most memorable moments on stage and more.

How would you describe your sound and how would you say it’s evolved?

Fiery, emotional and just Tom Grennan. How it’s evolved, it’s gotten bigger and bigger, production-wise.

Is there a particular message you try to convey through your music?

Only the fact that I’m trying to be as real as I can. When I write songs, it’s my feelings. So I put my feelings into songs and put it into the world, and people take my songs and make it theirs. My songs could have so many different feelings and messages and ways of helping people.

What’d you think people will take away from your album, ‘Lighting Matches’, due in July?

It’s about the start of something. It’s about the start of my career for me. It’s about igniting that match and setting off into a longevity of success, and just good music I suppose.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

Keep doing exactly what you’re doing, mate, cause you’re alright.

What’s been a really memorable moment for you so far? What’s one moment on stage you’d like pretend didn’t happen?

They’ve all been pretty memorable. I never thought I’d be in the position to do it. I’ve heard that no one has sold out at Rock City (a music venue in Nottingham), before they’ve dropped an album, so that’s pretty memorable.

Loads of stuff I’d like to pretend never happened, like really shit shows, like where my voice has broken and stuff.

Who inspires you musically and personally?

Adele, definitely. Music-wise, more than inspire me, I just like them. Like Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis. But also footballers inspire me, my mum and dad inspire me. Everybody inspires me on some level.

What’s one question, no one asks in an interview you wish you were asked?

I don’t know, ‘Would you like a drink?’

What is your favourite venue to play at?

Tonight, Rock City is probably one of my favourite venues.

When are you going to be back in Nottingham? And what’s next for you?

I’ll be back in October. What’s next for me, I’m going to America, I’m going to Europe and I’m going to Eastern Europe.

Check out Tom on his TwitterYoutube and Spotify.

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