Tom Walker 'What A Time To Be Alive' LP
Limited coloured vinyl.
Tom Walker, the biggest breakout UK global star of 2018 and BRIT 2019 nominated artist, releases his eagerly anticipated debut album ‘What a Time To Be Alive’ March 1st on Relentless/Sony Music. The album was produced by Mike Spencer (Years and Years), Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys) and Steve Mac.
Tom’s emotional new single, ‘Just You and I’, is the follow-up to the global anthem ‘Leave A Light On’ which has sold over 800,000 units in the UK and 3 million worldwide, reached #1 on iTunes in 20 countries, including the UK, and top ten in 44, a sizeable hit!
The album title, ‘What a Time To Be Alive’, is taken from one of Tom’s best-loved songs, ‘Blessings’, and is indicative of the hope and optimism that permeates this blistering 13 track collection of original songs written or co-written by Tom and sung in his unmistakable voice.
The journey started in Glasgow, where Tom spent his first three years before the family relocated to a small town outside of Manchester. Tom leapt head first into music, buying his first guitar aged just 13. Back then, Tom was fired up by Michael Jackson’s Thriller (still his favourite album) and the gigs he’d go to with his music-loving Dad. Unlike other school children at the time, Tom was out rocking to AC/DC or the Foo Fighters, or experiencing the stomach-quaking thrills of Underworld and The Prodigy and the excess all-areas visuals of Muse, soaking it all in like a sponge.
After saving up for some home recording equipment, Tom started writing songs, but the problem was that there was nobody in his small town to play with, so the teenager just learned to play and record everything himself. However, becoming a solo artist only came about after periods of struggle and some dreadful jobs, including working as a party photo booth attendant. “I was basically a child minder for very drunk rich people,” Tom explains. “The future young barristers of London. They were mental. They nearly broke the photo machine, stealing all the props. I just thought, ‘You guys are going to be in charge of what’s going on in the country!’ All song-writing fuel, for sure.” Tom was all set to continue life as a chef (“a really bad chef!”) when one of his friends told him about degree courses in music, and a song-writing degree at London university was the eureka moment that put Tom on the track to where he is now.
“I actually applied for a guitar degree, but the course was full, but I’d sent them some of my songs, so they suggested the song-writing course instead,” he says. “It was amazing.” Living in London also brought the kind of character building experiences that can be the making of a young musician. Tom found himself living in a sprawling (and questionably sub-let) house in London with twelve other young people, who quickly became as good as family. They got so close that to stop the landlord finding out and dispersing them, they’d rent vans twice a year to fill with the excess belongings. Rarely with enough money to go out, Tom would spend a lot of time in this house, adding to his prolific song-writing mill.
Catalogue number: 19075872341
Label: Relentless Records