Despite his hectic schedule, Tom wasgracious enough to answer a fewquestions about his music, influencesand songwriting.
What path ledyou from AC/DC to John Mayer?
Well, AC/DC was a bandthat my dad showed me when I wasaround 8 or 9 years old and I fell inlove with them. Then I discovered theinternet and started listening to heapsof other music and eventuallydiscovered John Mayer. I later foundone of his CD’s in our music collectionand from then on he has been a hugeinspiration of mine.
More than John Mayer, I hear,maybe, Jason Castro in your newsongs. Have you ever listen to hismusic?
To be honest, I have never listenedto Jason Castro until just now. I lookedhim up and . . . Wow! He’s great!
Who would you consider yourstrongest influences when it comes towriting?
I draw influence in my writing fromso many different artists. In particular,artists like John Mayer and David RyanHarris (John Mayer’s touring guitarist),whom I was lucky enough to write withafew years ago. I also get a lot of influence from Joe Brooks, Bruno Mars,Guy Sebastian and certain othersongwriters I have worked with in thepast.
What have you learned throughco-writing? Was there any momentwhere you went, “Wow, I never wouldhave thought to do that!”
Co-writing has taught meeverything I know, there have been somany times where I’ve learned newchords or taken melodies to places Inever would have thought of going. Ifind that the more I co-write, the betterI become at writing songs by myself,too.
You have an incredible sense of melody and lift, it’s almost impossiblenot to sing along when you hit thechorus. How did you develop such asharp ear for knowing where to takethe melody of a song?
Why thank you! I suppose I justlisten to so much ‘good’ music that I’msurrounded by hooks and catchyphrases all the time. That’s why I loveJohn Mayer’s songs so much, they’re allso catchy! I try to follow his style withthe stuff I write, too.
Have you ever written any songsthat no one will hear?
“I draw influence inmy writing from somany different artists.” “Co-writing hastaught me everything I know.”