The Tomicks

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

Tom Cridland, UK, 01. 10. 1990: I grew up in London and Northamptonshire, and am very close to my Mum, Dad and my brother, James.

Nick Whitehead, UK, 27.11. 1991: I am from Manchester and went to school there till Uni. My family all still live there and I often go back to visit them, as we are really close.

 Debs Marx, UK, 01.06.1991: I spent my childhood in London with my Mum and Dad, and my brother, Daniel. Tom and I still live with my parents whenever we need to be in the city, and it’s really nice to get to see so much of them.

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

The Tomicks are a rock n’ roll band that we started to try and recapture our favourite eras of pop music, the ‘60s and ‘70s. Tom and Debs are friends with Nigel Olsson, Elton John’s drummer since 1969. He inspired the two of us to take up playing and singing rock n’ roll music together. We then met Nick backstage visiting Nigel at Elton gig in Kent in 2015. We all started jamming together, then Tom and Nick began writing together. We were so happy with our original material that we decided to self-fund recording sessions at the legendary Village Recorder in LA with our savings.

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

We hugely inspired by Elton John, Eagles, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Phil Collins, George Michael, Lionel Richie, Fats Domino, Smokey Robinson and all sorts of pop, rock, soul and blues. Our EP comprises three tracks, “Break up Anthem”, “Candlelight” and “Hair Clip”, which feature our signature sound: lots of piano, deeply personal lyrics, big drums and harmonies.

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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.

We all bring something a bit different to the table – Debs is classically trained at piano and singing but never really listened to rock music till she met Tom, Nick is a virtuoso piano player and rock n’ roll fanatic, with a lot of experience playing in bands and professionally, and Tom, whilst being hugely passionate and knowledgeable about music, had never really played before and took up the drums a couple of years ago. His songwriting partnership with Nick resulted in him becoming lead singer in the band, alongside Debs, and it was the first time he’d ever tried creating his own music.

Tom and Debs started a sustainable fashion brand, also called Tom Cridland (www.tomcridland.com), after Uni and that’s how they had the resources to fund our sessions at the Village Recorder. Investing savings like this into The Tomicks shows how passionate we are about our music. We’ve just released the EP and we’re overwhelmed with the reaction to it so far. We’ve also got a lot of shows booked in London over the coming weeks and we can’t wait to get out there and play live.

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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 three songs on our EP were all recorded at the Village Recorder, when making our full album, which will be out in February next year. We cut ten tracks in 8 days, spending 4 days on the music, 2 on the vocals and 2 on the backing vocals. We produced the record ourselves but with technical guidance from the amazing engineers at the studio. It was a wonderful experience, with a fun, easy going atmosphere that lent itself to all of us being able to experiment and try things in the new moment that give the recordings a magic touch.

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

The Tomicks only officially started about three weeks ago, in that our first ever song was released then! Our goal is to play music live as much as possible. It’s as simple as that. We love it and that’s why we’re doing it.

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

Nick is incredibly musical and loves writing from that perspective. When him and Tom write, he will come in with some chord and piano riff ideas. Tom writes all the lyrics and then the two of them work out the final melody and structure together. The lyrics are, thus far, deeply personal and the theme of the first record is living in London in your early twenties, and people’s struggles with booze, relationships and identity.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

We don’t know yet! Hopefully writing from the heart but, sadly, the secret might be having 10 million Instagram followers and a scientifically rendered chorus.

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

Thank you so much for listening to our music, it means the world to us.

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

If we liked their stuff, we’d ask if they wanted to do some joint gigs or for us to support them!

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

We’re playing some famous rock n’ roll venues in London for our first shows. The Troubadour, which has played host to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Plant, The Water Rats, where Dylan and Oasis played their first London shows, The Dublin Castle, famous for Madness gigs and The Bedford, where Ed Sheeran, U2 and The Clash have all done shows.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The Beatles, Elton John, Eagles, Bee Gees and The Beach Boys but so many more than that too, and it’s a really close call!

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

www.thetomicks.com

https://www.facebook.com/thetomicks/

https://www.instagram.com/thetomicks/

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6FhJSuknWLDgKa0JHcRJMd

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-tomicks-single/id1298706042

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thetomicks

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

As a band, our happiest days have been in the studio making our first record together. We’ve yet to have a particularly sad day as The Tomicks, it’s been a joyous experience.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Hire Elton John to play a private show for us, with a custom set-list including the majority of the Tumbleweed Connection record.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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