Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Tom was a guitarist in bands since he was 12, before striking out on his own, and meeting Isabel, a writer, producer and engineer. Together they are Tom Forest (Forest is her grandmother’s name). They write the music together, she records it, and recently they’ve taken to directing their own videos too.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Tom Forest’s debut album ‘Hope’ is a deeply personal record. Following the near death of Tom’s brother, and other life changing events the album charts the lows of working yourself to the bone, to the highs of love and family.
The video for “Superhuman” comes from the song: Tom says “I have this image in my head of a man in a suit, underwater, never reaching the surface. ‘Superhuman’ is about working too hard towards something, and becoming engulfed. I worked for a few years at a law firm with the idea that a solid, well-paid job would somehow help me cling on in London, making music. But I was juggling two careers with no space for anything else, to breaking point. Sometimes it is better to give up, and to go home, if you can.”
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.
“Last year I was in a dark place with music. It felt like life was telling me it was time to stop, even though it was something that had always been second nature. To make an album took a huge amount of support from friends and family – many people contributed to that process and I’m so grateful. Sometimes the value of dreams is not in whether you achieve or fail, but in the belief in that it brings out in those around you. If you find yourself fighting a battle, even if you lose, you see who comes to join you.”
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 video was shot in our back garden, by an amazing DOP called Arthur Loveday, and art director Katherine Burke. It was a freezing cold day in October and on the day of the shoot Tom woke up very ill, but since the crew and gear were booked we had to go ahead. That water he’s in is COLD! The final shot, where Tom submerges is done for real. That was the third take. On the previous two we would kick the side of the bath when we thought we had enough footage, but on that third take his entry in the water looked really good and so we didn’t give him the signal to come up, we just waited to see how long he could last!
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We signed our debut album ‘Hope’ to an independent label in LA last Christmas, and made the record in just under a month, so Tom Forest is really new. We are starting to write the next album, and looking forward to recording and releasing that in 2018.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
The Tom Forest album was written in absolute secrecy, as a kind of therapy to deal with life events. It was never intended to be heard widely, and it was discovered by the label by accident.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
For us, a hit is when a song connects deeply for another person, even if it’s just one. We’ve been very blessed to receive messages now from people to tell us that the songs move them, and that’s enough for us. We will continue to write from our experiences, in the hope that other people will find joy or support in the music.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
We probably aren’t in a position to give advice! Stick with it, don’t be afraid to have a day job, everyone does these days…
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
We just won our first award! Best Of British gave us the Critic’s Award for 2017 which is amazing. In her work as an engineer, Isabel has worked on a couple of platinum selling, Grammy award winning records.
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.
We’ve had fanatic support from Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson at BBC6, Line of Best Fit, Alex Rainbird and The Alternative Way, Clash, Atwood Magazine and our favourite interview has been with a blog called A Romantic Calamity.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
‘Hope’ was written almost entirely in rehearsal rooms, just guitar and voice. “Superhuman” and a couple of other songs were written at home on a Bechstein upright piano, we were looking after for the band UNKLE. We made sure we didn’t go into the studio with any of the songs before we had the entire lyrics and track written, so we could work really fast when we did have studio time.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
We love Sufjan Stevens, Aparat, Denai Moore, Sampha and Jeff Buckley.
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.
We would love to work with absolutely anyone who wants to work with us! For the new record we are co-writing with some of the amazing artists and producers we have met over the last year.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
You can find us on iTunes, and Spotify and we’d love it if you would follow us there.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
One of our happiest days was recording strings on the album with a real orchestra, and shooting our first proper music video. Those experiences are magical. Our saddest day will be if we ever have to stop making music together.
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