If you managed to catch Tom Grennan’s TRNSMT set on Sunday (14 July), count yourself very lucky indeed. We caught up with the man himself to chat about his love of Glasgow and got the exclusive scoop on new music…
How did your set go?
Amazing. This is my third time playing TRNSMT and the love I get up here is just amazing. The people are great. I’ve just become one of them – I’m Scottish. They’ve taken me in and it’s like seeing an old mate. There’s a great energy out there.
How did you get into music when you were younger?
Pretty randomly. I was singing karaoke and I loved performing. Then I moved to London, wrote some songs – or tried writing songs. It’s like winning the lottery, it’s just how long you can conserve it. I hope to win it again.
We’ve been hearing rumours that you possibly have some new music coming out – what can you tell us about that?
I’ve written 80 songs, so I’m trying to produce them at the moment.
But, the songs are there and I know that there are some big ones among them.
So, you maybe have a new album coming soon?
The album is coming shortly.
You’re back up in Glasgow next month to play St. Luke’s. How are you feeling about that?
Amazing, it’s going to be good. Saint Luke’s is a great venue and I love coming to Glasgow.
What’s your favourite thing about performing in Glasgow?
The crowds. It’s like seeing an old mate you haven’t seen for a while and you come back and there’s energy and loads of people having a good time.
Where is your favourite place to play?
Are you just saying that?
No. You won’t find another crowd like the Glaswegians, I’ll tell you that right now.
What a tune!
— BBC Scotland (@BBCScotland) July 14, 2019
What advice would you give anyone who was out in the crowd today, saw you playing live and felt inspired to do the same?
Keep doing what you believe in. Don’t listen to anyone trying to dysfunction your creativity, just absolutely go for it. Have fun with it. Life is too short, keep going at it and do what you’ve got to do and sing and believe that you are the best in the world, and you’ll do it.
How would you describe your musical style for anyone who hasn’t heard you before?
I don’t really know. There are all sorts of different songs, I don’t really know which genre I am. I hate the word indie. I love the music but I hate it, I’m not that. I’m not indie. Everyone puts me in the indie category and I’m not. I’m a singer. I’m a frontman.
— TRNSMT Festival (@TRNSMTfest) July 14, 2019
Who have been your biggest musical influences?
Everyone. Elton John, Freddie Mercury and the JCB man.
If you were going to describe the new album in three words, how would you describe it?
Journey, heart-breaking and realisation.
What’s your favourite thing about being on tour?
Doing this. I’m not doing what my dad does or what my mates do – they’re all builders and that’s a hard job. This is a hard job, but I’m meant to be doing this. I’m meant to be on a stage, being me.