Momentum: Tom Misch
Taking the musical ingredients of J Dilla style beats, John Mayer- esque guitar lines and neo-soul and putting them through his very own musical blender, Tom started putting his homemade beats on Soundcloud back in 2012.
In no time at all, his tracks were being sampled by budding rappers on YouTube, before influential Berlin beat maker Lamnobodi shared one of his tracks on Soundcloud, leading to the first widespread interest in his music.
After releasing around 18 individual tracks on his Soundcloud, Tom was inundated with people asking where they could buy a full release, so compiled the tracks into the much loved ‘Beat Tape 1’, and put it on Bandcamp through his own Beyond The Groove label. The 21-year-old producer dropped ‘Beat Tape 2’ in August of 2015, a collection of songs and beat sketches he put together in the first part of the year and has since had major tastemakers like Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga queuing up to proclaim him as one of the most exciting new emerging musical talents.
July 2016 sees the release of his first solo EP “Reverie”, the first look at his new more live sound, the only guest vocal comes from Loyle Carner. Tom has now put a full live band together and begun recording a debut album set for release in 2017. With his new band he has a series of live summer festival dates and a European and USA tour planned for November 2016.
The funding from the PRS for Music Foundation will help to cover expenses for Tom Misch’s debut UK tour with his band. The tour will visit Manchester Gorilla, Glasgow King Tuts, Brighton’s The Haunt, London’s Village Underground, Birmingham Hare and Hounds and Bristol’s Thekla. The band will then head to mainland European for further shows. This will be Tom’s first major exposure to a regional fan base with the live band and will coincide with a single or EP release.
The grant will go towards covering overheads such as van hire, crew fees, session musician fees, hotels, petrol, per diems.