Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Tom McLean, 20 years old. December 12, 1996. I grew up in a small town called Bel Air which is in Maryland, United States. As a kid I loved skateboarding and running around like animals in the woods with my friends. My stepdad plays guitar, so there has always been guitars to play in the house.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I was never really into music until I discovered The Beatles in my junior year of high school. They changed everything for me. The way I looked at life, and most importantly made me want to write and record music. I bought some recording gear and just dove in and started teaching myself how to record, produce, and mix. I recently graduated from Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts where I studied audio engineering. It was interesting because for so long I was just doing what I had taught myself and recording in my bedroom. There we were learning the proper way to record and mix on a SSL console and learned all of the “rules” if you will.  I also recently started working with Grammy nominated engineer Jamie Cerniglia. He’s been a great mentor to me and has taught me so much.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

It’s hard to say what genre I am. I guess you could say alternative, but every song is different and I like to keep it fresh. This song was recorded in my bedroom, then mixed by my friend Brylo who lives out west in California. He really helped shape the song into what it turned out to be. He added a killer Keys solo at the end, which in my opinion makes the song! Zac Olsen directed and produced the video for it. We pretty much came up with the concept in a Thrift store while we were looking for props. We found a sweet vintage work out bike and based it around that. I wanted it to have a surreal feel. Psychedelic, but not in your face about it. Some people may be confused by it but some may totally understand it, i guess it just depends!

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

As an indie musician it’s definitely hard to reach a large number of people and get your music really out there. It makes me want to make my music that much better in my mind.  Without the backing of a label you really need to make sure your music is good enough to do the talking for you.  Some people in the biz are flaky, some are really willing to help you, it’s just a matter of weeding out the ones who hold you back and don’t have the same vision as you.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The band consist of Me, Kevin Buckley (drums), Matt Hurd (guitar), Matt Wagner (Bass), and Jack Miller (synth). Kevin and Matt (hurd) are original members who have been playing with me ever since I started doing live shows. A few members of the band are always floating around and I need to get people to fill in now and then. Jamie mixed my last Ep “Nothing to Do” and produced one of the songs. He’s mixing my full length which I recorded out in LA with producers Jacob Summers (Avid Dancer) and Bryan Lopez (Brylo). “Nothing to Be Said” was recorded in my bedroom then Brylo mixed it. At the time I was just recording another song like any other song. I don’t sit down and write out a song, I usually write and record at the same time. It helps to hear the parts coming together as a full piece of music rather than sitting down with a guitar and strumming chords and writing lyrics. The video was shot in a field and in my basement . Working with Zac is awesome because it’s always super spontaneous and it always works out. He has his vision of what the video should look like and I respect that and let him do his thing. I obviously give my opinion on certain things, but for the most part whenever I’m working with someone else whether it’s a video, mixing, or producing I let them do their thing because that’s why I’m working with them.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been recording and putting out music for about 4 years. We have played a ton of shows over the past Two years which has helped us grow a lot. Eventually I want to work with a label, but I want to find the right people who I can relate to and have a good relationship with. Touring is something we’ve always aspired to do as well.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Really anything can inspire me to write and record. Usually it just a feeling I have at the particular moment and I’ll stop whatever I’m doing and go record what I hear in my head. Listening to The Beatles usually always puts me in the mood to sit down and come up with something. I don’t like to force anything when I’m writing/recording. If it feels good I run with it, but if it’s not working I’ll just stop completely and go do something else.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If I knew the secret behind making a hit song I’d be sitting on an island somewhere sipping a mixed drink lol! I think what makes a song a hit is when a lot of people can truly relate to the feeling that the person had when they were writing or recording the song.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

To all my fans.. Be a good person. Do something everyday that can help someone else.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

I’m still an upcoming artist, so it’s hard to say. I guess try to learn something everyday that can help you push forward. Record, record, and record some more and you’ll come up with something you really dig. Don’t take anything for granted.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My last song was put on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds: Six String” playlist which I was stoked about. 2 summers ago we played at ARTSCAPE which is a huge art festival in Baltimore City. We’re always happy to open for cool bands that come through like Post Animal and Boogarins.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

BIRP fm has showed me an insane amount of love, so I’m super thankful for them.  Also WHFC radio, my towns local station has showed a ton of love over the years. They were the first people to support my music and I’m super grateful for that.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, Tame Impala, and MGMT.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

 My friend/producer Jake has a group called Avid Dancer. He produced my full length this past summer and the summer before, but that hasn’t come out yet. I put out an Ep a few years ago with HALA from Detroit, wuz up Ian.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

 https://www.modernnomadmusic.com/

(All social links can be found on my website)

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7E6IRcJWeVNtfMGV3hAqAG?si=XnW8AdN8

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/modern-nomad/id1041172465

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dm_aw_ps_adp?search-alias=digital-music&k=Modern+Nomad

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

 I think everyday you have a lot of happiness and a lot of sadness. There’s so much to be happy about, but so much to be bummed about at the same time. The world is in a crazy place right now, but we have to come together and push for piece.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would probably buy a little house somewhere and start a studio. I’d donate a lot to charity I think, and save enough to invest so I don’t have to work my whole life.. either that or buy John Lennon’s old guitar or something.

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