Creative projects have always been a part of my ‘process’ in life. First it was an obsession with characters when I was young & in middle school. I’d spend a lot of downtime just drawing characters, naming them & writing mini biographies for them. My characters became the basis for comedy mini-series & short films like ‘Together Forever’ – a limited comedy miniseries about an elderly woman whose husband goes missing – & ‘SLAY’ – a comedy short film about graduation, vampires & revenge. All of those projects relied heavily on the support of friends playing characters I’d write for them. Now, working full time & having left college, becoming a solo artist was an exciting new creative project I could realistically tackle without having to ask for such heavy involvement from friends. It’s really allowed me to spend true quality time with friends while still having a space for my need to create.
How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
Working on my music has definitely helped keep me grounded, but above all I am thankful no one I know has been directly impacted by COVID-19 & my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones during such a challenging time.
How has 2020 effected your mental health?
2020? I don’t know her. Dissociation or personal growth – not sure which one took hold last year, but I feel much more resilient moving forward.
How are you feeling now that the road map has been announced and live gigs can return?
I’m not very much interested in performing live. I’m a creative writer before anything else. I’d love to get on a podcast or talk show & discuss music, news, tv shows, films, etc one day though. I have a background in Film Studies so I can talk my head off about media for hours.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
The only conspiracy theory I’ll get behind 100% is that Marjorie Taylor Greene should’ve been Black Chyna. Quote me. I said what I said.
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?
One song I could play over & over again is ‘More to This’ by Henry Nowhere. Dreampop romance at it’s best. ‘DAMN DANIEL’ by Bree Runway, ‘Smack It Up’ by Fannypack & ‘Don’t Stop’ by Megan Thee Stallion are all on repeat in my car. I guess none of them are super current tracks but they’re a lot of fun to listen to.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the unsigned scene?
I’m not as in touch as I should be with other independent artists. A great singer/songwriter I’m following on Instagram is Midnight Prisms. I’m not sure if they’re signed, but I love what they’re putting out. It’s not quite comedy music, but they definitely have a sense of humor & self-awareness I can get behind. Another band I totally endorse is Vansire. I think they may be with a label or record company now, but they also put out some fantastic music. My queen, Leslie Hall, is unsigned, but I’m not sure if they are still planning on releasing music this year or not. There were rumors online, but we’re almost halfway through 2021 now & I haven’t seen any updates. Hopefully one day!
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
Showing up on time, wanting to be there.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
The absolute best moment I ever remember having on stage was leaving it. Actually, the best moment I can remember on stage was when I met a future friend. When I was but a boy, I was in the audience at a high school play. I saw this young woman acting & I thought ‘oh my god, she is a star, I need to meet her.’ That next year I joined stage crew as a freshman & that same young woman walked up to me with her friends to introduce themselves. I told her she didn’t now who I was, but I knew her & we were going to be best friends. It’s been about 9 years now & she is definitely one of my closest friends to this day.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Freshman year when I did stage crew, I decided to wear a black t shirt that had a superman logo on it during one of the performances. Turns out, the logo was glow in the dark (I hadn’t realized) & every time I was on stage moving props or set pieces, the director could see me. I no longer own that shirt.
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Reggie Watts on Piano. Weird Al Yankovich on the Air Guitar. Leslie Hall on the Drums. Soft Tommy (yours truly) throwing down the slickest dance moves as a backup dancer. We could all have mics & do verses on group songs forever. That’s the dream & that’s all it will ever be.
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Coachella for sure. Right before Beyonce comes on, the stage lights fail & out walks Soft Tommy. No back track. Just performing the lyrics to ‘Nerd Party’ with a screen in the back that says (please remain silent). The plan would be to walk off the stage after. No intro. No outro. Then Queen B performs like nothing happened.
Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing?
Vansire played at a bar in Chicago. The drummer had amazing energy & the crowd was super into the set. Awesome experience.
What makes you stand out as an Artist?
Comedy music isn’t chased a lot because everyone wants to be taken seriously. I’m voluntarily throwing on overalls & making a joke of myself but doing it through a filter. Sure, I’ll rap about corn or sing about spilled milk, but at the end of the day, there’s a lot of thought & effort going into my productions & its unique to see an Artist who takes their work seriously but isn’t afraid to laugh at themselves.
I hear you have a new comedy tune, what can you tell us about it?
More comedy music is always on the way. My next single is another self-referential rap/dance track. Nerd Party was all about empowering other nerds like me, but this next track drives home who ‘Soft Tommy’ is & the type of humor I like to incorporate into my work. I’m thinking it will be the opening track on my EP/Album if I decide to release it.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Oh, absolutely. You can find me @TheSoftTommy on Instagram & Tik Tok, but most importantly please check out my website www.SoftTommy.com where you can support my work by downloading music directly from me! Donations can also be made via the site – all of which help support my comedy music. Most importantly, if you enjoy my comedy, my music or you think it’s the worst thing in the world, please tag your friends on social media & share the music videos! I’d really love to build a community where I could start doing live shows whether its performing music or discussing topics together.