ARTIST NAME: Tom Pino
SONG TITLE: New York City
ALBUM TITLE: Brooklyn (EP)
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019
GENRE: Alt-Rock, Alternative Country, Indie Rock
Tom Pino has been writing and touring nationally since his days as the lead singer/guitarist of the grunge-pop band, Ghosts Of Eden.
Since then, Tom quit his day job in advertising and moved to LA, where he currently works as a songwriter with artists in the pop, country, and rock genres.
In March, he was Nominated by NSAI to be on their 2019 “Ones to Watch” list. Self-published under SESAC, Tom finished working on his debut solo EP, entitled “Brooklyn,” scheduled for a June 14th, 2019 release, with the first single “New York City,” out now!
Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
So a lot of them are telling me it’s giving them a nostalgic rock feel which is awesome to hear. I wasn’t really trying to do anything in particular here except writing heartfelt songs, and I do think there was a bit more of that when I grew up.
Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favorite.
So for me, it’s all about feeling. My favorite track on my new EP is a song called “Not Too Late” and it’s because of the words and the emotion that the chord changes bring out.
Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I’d love to work with legends like Jay Joyce or Rick Rubin.
Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
Some of my favorite songwriters are Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby, Eric Church, and Ruston Kelly.
Tell us your favorite TV show and state your reason.
My favorite show is probably LOST because of the character development and the merging of genres, which is what I also like to do with my music…make sure the POV is clear and that there’s a clear influence from multiple genres.
Tell us your best mood to create a song.
Honestly, I think I create best when I’m a good combo of sad and motivated haha.
Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.
Paying the bills in perpetuity because of my songwriting.
Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
Artists I’d love to work with are Maren Morris, Khalid, Lizzo, Ruston Kelly, John Mayer, and Kendrick Lamar.
Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.
The first time I was ever on stage, I was actually terrified, but then after seeing the audience and judges (it was a battle of the bands at my university) enjoying themselves, I knew this is what I wanted to do.
Tell us how you approach songwriting.
So for me, there’s no universal approach. Sometimes I start with a concept or it will come from a journal entry.
Other times I have a cool melody idea or just a title that I’ll start singing a melody to.
However, one thing I do on every song is to let it rest for a bit, and then come back to it and ask myself how I can make it better.
I’m a fan of rewriting, which helps me get the song to an even better place than when I first gave it life.
Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.
So this is something I’m starting to experiment with now. I’ve always been a rock guy at heart, but lately, I’ve been incorporating some interesting rhythms that you only really see in pop or hip-hop which may come off real subtle in my songs but I think they are getting a nice groove because of it.
Tell us how you deal with rejection.
On to the next – You got to just roll with it. I think rejection just makes you stronger and makes the small successes that much more enjoyable.
Elaborate on what compels you to sing.
It’s funny. I never really considered myself a singer even though I’ve been doing it for a while.
I’ve always just considered myself the channel out of which my songs come.
But lately, I’ve been embracing that role more and more, and for me, it’s about feeling and having something to say.
I don’t really have any interest in singing karaoke or just getting up in front of a crowd and showing off my vocal range. There are millions of good singers in the world who can do that.
I want to convey an emotion and a story. If I feel like I have that, then I want to sing it.
Tell us how you record your vocals.
I use a Neumann TLM 49 microphone when I’m at home in my home studio which is amazing.
When I’m recording my own material though, I usually like to be in a big acoustic-friendly room, not a vocal booth.
With a good mix and plug-ins, you can get some great warm sounds.
We also like to run the vocals through an analog plugin to capture that vibe.
Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.
Pro-Tools and Logic, with an array of analog equipment.
Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.
CDs are sadly becoming obsolete, but in this day and age, you can easily drive people to your website to buy your music, or do iTunes or Amazon.
Unfortunately, what I’m seeing is that it prevents artists from performing live as much as they would in the past. Since they don’t need to play live to reach an audience, too many artists rely on Instagram, which I think is a great avenue, but I think you need to know how to perform your songs. Call me old school but I’d like to see more of that in the future.
Elaborate on the song.
‘New York City’ is a bittersweet song about love, loss, and closure. It’s about closing the door on both an old relationship, and a city that brought you together. It’s by far the most commercial-sounding song on the EP, but I was really inspired to write a fun piano pop ballad type song for the EP and this was it!
Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
Well, my artist’s name isn’t too creative. It’s the name I was born with, haha. The title of the album “Brooklyn” is named that because that’s where I lived before moving to Los Angeles. That is the city where most of the stories on the EP took place.