I'm Tom. A songwriter and DIY punishment glutton currently living in Bristol, UK.
My DIY story so far:
The heavy days ///
I’ve been writing music since I was 13. Stumbled into pretty heavy music when a friend needed a guitarist for his band. I ended up following that rabbit hole for about 8 years, in and out of a few crap label & management deals along the way, and achieved some modest success with Chronographs.
During that time I got pretty good at few DIY things: recording and music technology, graphic design (channelling the teachings of my industrial design degree into the 2D space) and building websites.
The mathrock days ///
We grew up & that tech-metal band turned into a math-rock band. Our metal-focused label at the time wasn’t interested, so we went it alone and in 2014 started a project to release a new single every month for a year via Bandcamp - that’s a blank canvas on day 1, and a top quality mastered track out by the 31st. We managed 6, and just before release in month 7 the band crumbled. We tried to find a new singer, failed, and that was the end of that.
The time out ///
During the singles project I started getting interested in electronics and picked up so old synthesisers. After Chrono ended, I spent a year working out what I had to say with this new palette of sound, and the following learning to sing and writing an EP.
I also gained perspective and decided that my new project wouldn’t feature anything that I resented doing, or using. I’d do it on my terms or not at all. I wouldn’t try to be particularly business savvy, gimmicky, dream up publicity stunts or follow the well-trodden path. Instead I’d make honest art for myself and let that speak for itself.
The future ///
This project’s called Poisonous Birds. It’s just me and one of my very best friends, @finnan, who happens to be my favourite drummer in the world. My next DIY step, is starting my own record label and collective. It's called Be Softly, and with some other artists close to us we're building a great community and cross-pollinating platform.
The EP I mentioned is almost finished - in fact I’m wrapping up final vocal takes this week.
We don’t have a Facebook page. I read a few books about Facebook marketing back in the day and it’s one of the most boring and counterproductive subjects I’ve ever explored - so I’m not doing it. Poisonousbirds.com is home, and I love connecting with people on Ello too.
You can listen to a song called Cloud Level on the website (a slightly refined version of the same song will be track 1 on this 5-track EP).
I want to connect with you ///
BANDS & MUSOS: Let’s hook up. I’d love to meet people, collaborate, improvise, share ideas, put on some DIY shows and have a blast doing it.
ARTISTS & VIDEOGRAPHERS: I'd lovely to collaborate, on images moving and still. Let's share some ideas and see if we can work together.
PROMOTERS: I’ll be promoting this EP this Winter. We’d love to play for you. Around the UK this year, and further afield next.
BLOGGERS: Let’s talk - I could speak for hours about the subject of my art, the music industry & how I see it after some time out, composing, collaborating and performance. Let’s make some great material.
Speak to you all soon