Big Interview: MP! got to know new singer-songwriter, actor and beard connoisseur, Tom Figgins.

Here at MP! Towers we love introducing you to new talent that’s exciting our eardrums, if you’re like us then look no further than Tom Figgins. We caught up with him and asked him a few silly questions so you don’t have to.

We’re big fans of you already here at Maximum Pop! for those who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well I’m from London, born and raised, and i’ve been writing my own music for about 4 years now. I take my guitar with me everywhere I go, makes navigating the tube quite difficult at times! I’m also a part time actor.

When we were 19 we were still being stupid and getting excited by roller coasters but you put pen to paper and wrote some beautiful EP’s, what was the inspiration for them?

The inspiration was sparked by various artists such as John Mayer and Jeff Buckley. These artists music really spoke to me at the time and I knew I wanted to start writing music. I remember listening to John Mayer’s album Continuum and thinking “this is something really special – I want to write like that!”, it was definitely a real starting point. In between then and now has been honing my sound and figuring things out musically.

Have you always known you wanted to be a musician? What would you be if you weren’t?

At one point I couldn’t make my mind up about wether I wanted to go to acting school or start a career in the music business. But I started writing and singing and at the same time took some auditions for acting schools, needless to say half way through my auditions I cancelled a lot. I knew I wanted to pursue the music at that point. But I’m still acting and I’m in a show at Edinburgh Fringe this year called “The Duck Pond”.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What do you want to achieve?

I think to play either Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage or the O2 would be amazing. Performing is such an amazing feeling and to audiences of that size would be something truly special.

If you could record a song with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I’d love to have made a record with Jeff Buckley. His sound was amazing and his lyrical ideas were genius. Jimi Hendrix would have been a real experience as well I’m sure.

What things can’t you live without when you’re touring?

My guitar definitely! It goes with me everywhere, I’m never not playing guitar. I had a little 3/4 size guitar that I’d planned to take places with me and it’s gone to a few festivals but I take my gigging guitar now.

Pop your iTunes (or equivalent) on shuffle, what are the first 5 songs and artists that come on?

1. Matt Corby – Trick of the Light (Live)

2. John Mayer – Queen of California

3. John Mayer – Waiting on the World to Change (Live)

4. Jeff Buckley – Dream Brother

5. Half Moon Run – Call Me In The Afternoon

John Mayer is monopolising my iTunes a bit at the moment.

We’re very impressed by your beard, we give it a 9/10. What would you do if you woke up after a night out on the lemonade and half of it was missing?

Firstly, thank you! Secondly, I would probably scream and then blame it on the dog… Either that or I’d search for the remains and get out the Pritt Stick. I would miss the beard!

Are you performing at any more festivals this summer? Where can we see you live? 

I’ll be up at Edinburgh Fringe doing the play I mentioned before but gigs haven’t been booked so if anyone is up there during August keep an eye on the website.

‘Let Your Roots Grow’ is out now.

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