Interview with Tom Auton

Tom auton

The artist’s new Single ‘9 til 9’ is out now 

Tom Auton is a fairly young artist and producer from Cardiff. Despite his young age he’s already writing and producing bangers influenced by the likes of Royal Blood and QOTSA. It was a pleasure to have a chat with him about his new single and more. 

HELLO TOM, YOU RECENTLY RELEASED A NEW SINGLE CALLED ‘9 TIL 9’, TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS RELEASE AND YOUR STORY SO FAR. 

Hello! Yeah of course.

My newest track 9 Til 9 came out on Friday, May 28th. It’s a song about working 12 hour days to meet other people’s expectations of the ‘perfect song’. It focuses on rejection, and how I deal with it personally. Sometimes rejection can make me want to change who I am.

But 9 Til 9 reaffirms that I should never change to please someone else. 

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WHAT ARTISTS AND BANDS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST FOR THIS MUSIC PROJECT?

For 9 Til 9 it was a mixture of Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood & John Mayer!


WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO MUSIC PRODUCTION AND HOW DID YOU FIND SELF-PRODUCING YOUR SONGS ON YOUR OWN?

I got into music production as a way to communicate better with the producers that were working on my music. It began with just making demos to explain the sounds I was going for. Then I fell into the never ending pit of buying plug ins and ended up making pretty decent sounding demos. 

I then got a job at Oliver studios in Gloucester working as the coffee guy (making tea&coffee for the actual producers), then started to help out with setting up mics for drums, vocals etc 

Then eventually started taking sessions there myself and I’ve been learning ever since. 

Producing my own songs can be occasionally stressful as there’s a lot of pressure and a pretty high standard to meet (my own standards). 

But once the song is on track to where I think it should be, it’s incredibly fun. I’ve never felt creatively limited by producing my own songs myself, I’ve always learnt something new by the time it comes to producing my next song that I find new ways to make the tracks sound better. That’s been a consistent thing for me, each track seems to be my best production work, and songwriting work for that matter. 

WHEN DID YOU WRITE YOUR FIRST SONG AND HOW DO YOU FEEL LOOKING BACK AT IT NOW?

I think I was around 11/12 and it was so unbearably bad. Pretty sure it was called ‘run away with the wind’. I wrote it when me and my girlfriend, at the time, broke up… 

Such a terrible, terrible song 

I’m surprised no one told me to give up 

YOU DID SOME COVERS FROM ROYAL BLOOD AND NOTHING BUT THIEVES ON YOUTUBE, WHAT WAS THE MOST FUN TO DO AND WHAT OTHER ARTISTS ARE YOU PLANNING TO COVER?

Most fun cover for me was nothing but thieves ‘impossible’. It allowed me to show off a side to my voice that I never normally do and it was really nice to be able to do that!

HOW’S THE MUSIC SCENE IN CARDIFF, AND HOW DOES YOUR MUSIC PROJECT FIT IN THIS? 

Cardiff has a good music scene, it’s very diverse. A lot of indie bands, which isn’t too far from what I do. Rock isn’t massive in Cardiff, so we’re keen to try and play some other cities in 2022 to help broaden the fan base! 

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR THE REST OF 2021? 

I’m going to be releasing 2 more songs and then stockpiling 8 new tracks to release next year! All of them as singles, rather than an album.

I know that’s a weird thing to do, but I’ve always envisioned my first album to be the project that really allows me to break through in the music industry. And I know I haven’t got the team, money or facilities to release an album and it do as well as I’d like it to. 

So I’m waiting until the time is right for that!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

We have a real life gig!! With real human beings!! On July 9th!!

We’re supporting Welsh legends ‘Feeder’ at their homecoming gig at Tredegar park in Newport. 

Tickets have almost sold out, so it should be immense!

There’s a couple left if anyone would like to grab one: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Newport/Tredegar-Park/Feeder—Tredegar-Park-Newport/35809561/

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