BBC Music Sound of 2018 Focus: Tom Walker

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2018 has arrived, a year which could prove to be the biggest yet for the artists nominated on the BBC Music Sound of 2018 long list. One of those artists is Tom Walker, a singer-songwriter who was born in Scotland and currently resides in Manchester.

Tom has already racked up millions of listeners online, with singles such as Just You And I, Play Dead and Leave A Light On proving popular around the world. 2018 will mark the release of his debut album, which will be accompanied by a tour, and Tom’s inclusion on BBC Music’s list has only raised the levels of excitement for the coming year.

Tom told Northern Chorus, “I got a call from my manager and he told me that I had made the list. I can’t really remember exactly where I was now but I was buzzing. It’s amazing to be on the list with loads of other sick artists and there’s so many amazing people who have been on it before, so it’s all pretty surreal.

“Not3s and Sam Fender are two artists on the list who I’m really excited about. Not3s is on the same label as me so I definitely want him to do well. Sam and I share the same TM so there’s a lot of love for each other there.

“I’ve been making music since I was 12, when I got my first guitar and started writing songs. They weren’t very good back then so to have come all this way is pretty sick. I’ve had so many different influences, from Ray Charles to AC/DC to The Police. I grew up with my Dad and I listened to such a wide range of great music, so a little bit of everything creeps in.”

Tom continues, “The UK obviously has such a strong connection with me. I was born in Scotland, so going back up there is always great but there’s so many things I love about playing in different places. There’s not really one city or country I could ever single out as being the best.

“It’s mental to see so many people listening to my music. Every time I get shown the stats they seem to have gone up by a few million, which is a bit strange when I think about it. It’s sick though. All my music I’ve ever written is for my own benefit but it means the world to see the impact it’s having on a global scale.

“There’s loads planned for 2018 now too. I’ve got my album to finish and release which is going to be amazing, and there’s loads of festivals which we haven’t announced yet. We’ve always had a fairly clear plan for next year, so getting on the Sound Of long list has just made all those opportunities better.”

Tom Walker will be touring the UK and Europe throughout 2018, so make sure you get down to a show near you to see one of the most exciting new British musicians around at the minute. You can also catch his performance on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this coming Sunday from 9:30am!

Tom Walker Tour Dates 2018

17th January – Groningen, Netherlands – Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival
18th March – Exeter – Cavern Club
19th March – Southampton – Engine Rooms
21st March – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
22nd March – Bristol – Thekla
23rd March – Birmingham – O2 Institute
24th March – Brighton – The Haunt
26th March – Norwich – Arts Centre
27th March – London – Koko
28th March – Manchester – Gorilla
29th March – Glasgow – Oran Mor
16th April – Ghent, Belgium – Nest
17th April – Paris, France – Les Etoiles
19th April – Milan, Italy – Santeria Social Club
20th April – Zurich, Switzerland – Papiersaal
22nd April – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rotondes
23rd April – Munich, Germany – Feierwerk / Kranhalle
24th April – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
25th April – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin
27th April – Berlin, Germany – Privatclub
28th April – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
5th May – Leeds – Live at Leeds
8th August – Newquay – Boardmasters Festival

Sean Marsh

Sean Marsh

Founding Editor of Northern Chorus

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