The world of SoundCloud is an interesting one. It’s where a song from the past that was never particularly cool can become in vogue thanks to bootleg remixes, and an artist can become a worldwide sensation from his or her bedroom.
Tom Misch, or at least his musical output, was born in this world. The South East Londoner has inspired many others – including fellow rising star Jorja Smith – with his Dilla-inspired instrumentals, and has released music through L.A.’s Soulection, but he always had an inkling that his music could transcend the Soundcloud community and connect with people outside of the Internet.
His latest body of work, Reverie, sees him bravely transitioning from beahind-the-scenes beatmaker, to frontman, as he busts out a singing voice that he’s been hiding since he was a Choir Boy in his childhood and creates a sound that can translate to the live stage as he dominates festivals worldwide.
We caught up with him just a few days before the release – which is now available everywhere – to discuss his bold new direction….
How are you feeling about getting the EP out?
I’m excited. It hasn’t been that long coming, actually. It’s quite fresh to me as well, the music. Its the first time I’m trying to go for a more live sound, and I’m curious to see how it gets received.
There’s that weird process where you’re promoting it, you’re talking about it with people and premiering songs, but it’s not out yet. Is it nice to reach the end of that and have something out that people can actually listen to?
Yeah, definitely. The thing is, three of the tracks are already out, so most people have heard three of them, but this last one, ‘Follow’. I wrote with my sister, and we re-recorded the vocals, and I got it properly mixed and stuff. What I’m excited about is for the music to have a push for the first time. Because up until now, most of my music had quite an organic way of spreading, word of mouth, and I’m kind of excited to see how people who wouldn’t have heard of me through the word of mouth will find the music.
Yeah, I remember ‘Follow’ from when it dropped the first time around. What was it that made you re-record that and to want to put in on this EP?
I really wanted to get it on my album. Because these four tracks are actually going to go on my debut album. I wanted to get a proper mix and stuff, because I just did it in my bedroom three or four years ago; it wasn’t very professional. It suits that live style I’m going for the EP, so I thought I’d just go for it, put it on.