We catch up with Tom Lee-Richards before his gig at Sherwood this month.
Where do you hail from and where do you live now?
I was born in Whangarei and live in Melbourne and sometimes Auckland.
What kind of music do you aim to create?
Tell us a bit about your creative process…
Often I’ll create the bones of a song from a melody or mouth percussion rhythm or both. Once I’ve created a bit of a mood or sense of where it could go I’ll give the lyrics a little time to come to me - like on a separate day when I’m feeling particularly whimsical or creative. I’m often surprised with how the topic I end up writing about suits the mood of the initial sounds I was experimenting with.
What makes you different and what can we expect from your show?
I do have a diverse range of influences that I don’t hear combined a lot in the music I listen to but there is a lot of music I’m yet to hear. Someone described my sound the other day as interesting lyrics and harmony with distinctive mouth noises like an instrument plus soft guitar. I focus on dynamics and fun in my shows, ranging from just guitar and voice to layered harmony and big synth sounds.
The best venue you have played at?
Once upon a time, I played bass at the NZ Music Awards but probably the biggest recent kick I’ve had is playing the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at multiple venues.
Who are your influences?
People that keep coming back to mind mainly for their creative ethos are Bjork, David Byrne, Beck, David Bowie, Trinity Roots, Roy Orbison, Fugazi, James Blake, Tito Puente, Bobby McFerrin and in the last few years Gotye, Moses Sumney and perhaps Melbourne acts like Big Scary and Ainslie Wills.
Do you have a favourite quote/mantra?
There are lots but a constant seems to be ‘The more you know, the more you know you don’t know’.
Make sure you see Tom Lee-Richards gig at Sherwood this month and check out his Bandcamp profile here.
For more information visit: http://www.facebook.com/tom.leerichards