Tomm Trip has a voice to rival the best of them. Friends with Sampha and Mura Masa, he takes an underground approach to the sounds of mainstream R&B, fusing familiar melodies with warped instrumentals worthy of his name.
What’s your first musical memory?
Probably playing Outkast’s Speakerboxx / The Love Below album on my Walkman player. That along with So Solid Crew’s ‘They Don’t Know’.
What barriers have you overcome with your music?
Thinking my voice isn’t good enough. Sampha told me “worrying about your voice will paralyse you, just sing from your heart”.
Do you need to make it in the mainstream anymore?
Nope. Social media can break you. A good song can break you. A 30-second video clip could break you. The right song and attitude could do it.
What were the songs that inspired you to start making music?
Stimpy & Scruface – ‘Nutty Violins’. I was 12 when I heard this and started producing grime music. Justin Timberlake ‘LoveStoned / I Think That She Knows Interlude’ – that bit where it gets all emotional and the beat switches up. Tell me you didn’t cry when you heard that?
You uploaded your breakout track at 4 AM after a bottle of wine – do you think the best creative decisions are spontaneous?
100%, because you don’t overthink it. You simply make a decision and everything that happens after that is out of your hands. Like Rick Rubin said: “It’s more heart work than headwork”.
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