Thomas Kavanagh Exclusive Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I decided this fairly early in my life, I would have to say when I was 13.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
I have a lot of musical inspirations, anything from Linkin Park right through to Dan + Shay. I think it really helps me with my songwriting.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
1. I don't drink/smoke. Stopped drinking on the day of my 18th. Been a nonsmoker now for 9 years.
2. As a child I was scared of the music video 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson.
3. I was originally asked to be in a rock band called 'Asking Alexandria, which at the time I thought was a spam message from Myspace. Turned out to be a legit message.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
The best song would have to be my latest song 'Give Me A Sign' this is the sound I've wanted to achieve for many years, so it's a nice milestone for myself as a songwriter/producer.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
Probably when I played with my band playing the songs first time live. Back in 2019, was in my local town. After being in a rock band for many years, this was a new chapter for me going solo, so it was a nice bit of closure of who I was and where I was going forward.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
That's EASY!!! that's Wembley arena, many of my favorite acts have performed there. I always say to myself, one day I will be up there.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
Since being a solo artist, it's probably getting national radio play on Absolute Radio and Chris Country Radio. I think when things like this happen, it really makes you feel proud about all the work you've put in over the years. In the future, I would like to achieve a debut album and maybe a really good tour support slot.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
On the last night of one of the tours I was on, me and the old band decided it would be a fun prank, to all run on stage with just our boxers on.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
the thing I like best about it would be to take people away from the real world just for a moment. And putting smiles on their faces.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I think I would be still in a form of entertainment, maybe acting or tv hosting maybe? I really like that sort of thing.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
A lot of people will have to disagree, but it would have had to be with Nickelback. They really know how to put on a show, from the lights to the songs. Really good at entertainment.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Currently right now? Would be Dan+Shay, Lindsay Ell, Busted, and Linkin Park. These are just some of the main influences, I've been listening to a lot recently.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
That would be on a mug that a fan gave to me as a present on tour. It says 'Don't count the days, make the days count
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Things that make me happy, would be family, friends, and fans. Also, writing music and escaping the world for a little while. The thing that annoys me is when people don't treat others with respect, I'm always a believer in treat someone how you wish to be treated.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I like graphic design, I have a small business called TK designs, which I try to do when I'm not busy in the studio. I aslo like seeing my friends and catching up with them. Also, like to watch cheesy 80's movies.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
I think yes and no. In some ways, you can capture a new audience a lot faster and create a wider reach than if you just played shows and built it that way. BUT the no side would be the trolling on people and find it acceptable to do to someone. Plus imagery also plays on our confidence and mental health. We must remember social media isn't real LIFE!!
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
I think it plays a part, but it's hard to tell what is the ' x FACTOR' at the moment in time, I think not being fake is the key because people can really see into that very fast. I would say just be you but that little bit more online.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I don't have any tattoos. I've never had the courage to get any lol
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
Probably homelessness and the minimum wage to be the same everywhere.
What would your ideal day consist of?
I'm like 80% of achieving that now, I think just to be on the road a lot, I really find that I'm more of myself on the road.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Well shows, had died, so I got a job working in a shop. In October in 2020 I caught COVID. I had lack of taste and smell, at this point when I had it I was worrying to think that this would get much worse and end up in the hospital. Thankfully that never happened. For some time my anxiety came back, I think it was the worrying fact that we never know where we were going forward and is this the way our lives are going to be forever.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
I would like to take this moment, to thank you all so so much. I know i've had fans since I've been in bands in my early 20's and still to this day still support me. it's been great to have them behind me on my journey, I love meeting new fans too. Over the past year, I've that my music is reaching more and more people across the world, which is INSANE!
How would you answer the question Who is Thomas Kavanagh and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
Thomas Kavanagh is a very energetic person on stage full of live, a place where he feels most at home. When he's away from music, you will find him calm and collected with a cup of tea watching cheesy 80's movies lol.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
that was Janet Jackson - Together again. I'm not sure as to why I purchased it, I think I just loved the uptempo feel of the chorus.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
I would say do it, if it's what makes you happy then 100% do it. You have to remember pracitce makes perfect and patience is key. So some things take time. Write the music for you too. As you'll be the one playing them time and time again.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Right now that would have to be a country singer called 'Lindsay Ell' her work ethic is second to none. She has fantastic songs and is a wonderful guitarist, I really think we could write something cool.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
I think that would have to be Bryan Adams'- Everything I Do I Do It For You that song is a classic, still stand the test of time.
What things make you uncomfortable?
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
I would have the journey I've had from living in Birmingham moving around the country going to different schools, solo travelling to LA having a UK Top 40 rock record and playing to fans all across the world
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
So right now I'm back in the studio writing and recording for my next release. Which is looking for release in October this year. Then maybe push for shows in 2022 when things are in a better position here in the UK (hopefully)