Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with THOMA find out more about him...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from North Kent. First got into music through my Dad who is an avid music collector and has over 2000 CDs all in alphabetical order that he used to play from A-Z in every car journey so I was exposed to a wide variety of music from a young age.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My musical influences growing up were really varied, artists such as Luther Vandross, Phill Collins, Whitney Houston, Ne-Yo to name a few. My influences now are more electro-pop including Troye Sivan, NAO, Rationale, Halsey, OH Wonder etc.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as Soulful Emotive Ambient Electro-Pop.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called 'Wild Love', the influence behind it was artist such as Prince and Gallant who use the various parts of their voice to create R&B epic-ness, so this was my attempt.
What’s your local music scene like?
Where I live there is hardly any music scene and the music scene there is not really my style, so I have had to travel to areas where the music scene is more relevant to the style of music I do such as London, Southend and Canterbury.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have just finished supporting Youth Club on two sold out shows on their tour, one at O2 Academy Islington and the other at Chinnerys - Southend.
I have my second single coming out on 18th May called 'What Went Wrong'.
My EP titled 'Bouquet' will be dropping on 8th June with the aim to do a launch show in Kent.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
My dream collaboration would Jessie J as when I got into singing seriously she was the main voice that inspired me and I feel she has one of the best voices on the planet.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
There have been plenty of funny and interesting live performances. One that sticks in my mind is when I was playing an open mic and I was sitting, singing and playing acoustic guitar, in the middle of the song some random drunk middle aged man just came up to me and kissed me on the cheek, which was quite interesting and my friends who were watching thought was hilarious. I thought he was gonna request a song or something but no, at least was enjoying it.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I would like people to know that even though I write super sad songs, I'm actually a really happy and positive person haha.