As most of the country heads back to work after the long weekend, we Get To Know Millington, a Melbourne-based artist who’s just dropped his very personal new single ‘Being’.
Discover how he got his start, who have been his musical influences, what his future plans involve and where you can catch him live in the months ahead.
01. Name : Tom Millington.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? From the age of six I started beating out rhythms, on varies random drum-like objects, to words in order to formulate my language. From eight I was learning piano and classical guitar through to the end of junior school where I began song writing. Through high school I learnt the double bass and moved to electric guitar and jazz piano jamming in orchestras, ensembles, as well as and jazz and pop bands. Things got heavier and experimental through my college and uni years playing in a variety of eclectic groups covering genres such as hip-hop, funk, soul, dub and rock, touring the UK and Europe. Eight years ago I moved to Melbourne to pursue my solo career, which was the start of this current journey.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Uplifting, Poet, Eclectic, Grooving, Flow.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I try to give meaning and purpose to each instrument I play, sounds I make, expression and delivery I project. They are conscience anthems and positive beats. The songs and sounds I make are transcendental and I love being spontaneous and free of interpretations, like, “I think it should sound like this”… that’s not my bag; I like the music to become whatever it wants to be. I suppose like my guitar came from the earth, a tree, and it is my instrument, in the same way I grow here on this earth and I am the universe’s instrument. Ya dig?
06. Who have been your musical influences? In the past and forever; Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, David Bowie, Peter Green and Freddie Mercury. Present and ongoing influences; Glen Hansard, James Blake, Mumford and Sons, D’Angelo, Chet Faker, Hayden Calnin and Dizraeli.
07. What are your favourite songs of all time? Oooooo tricky! If I had to pick three, I’d have to say ‘Voodoo Child’ – Jimi, ‘The Root’ – D’Angelo and ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ – Pink Floyd.
08. What was the first album you bought? I think it was Simply Red’s ‘Stars’.
09. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I love to climb mountains! Before I left the UK for Australia, a few good pals and I did the three peaks challenge for charity climbing Snowdonia, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.
10. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I’d probably work as a spiritual healer.
11. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? “To just… relax” : Alexander Murer (Vocal coach / Tenor / Legend).
12. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Being’ is a landscape of acoustic instruments, synths and a symphony of voices depicting how I helped deliver my daughter into this world, the feeling of euphoria I experienced thereafter with a underlying message of hope for the future.
13. What do your future plans involve? The video for ‘Being’ will be live in October, followed maybe by a second single before the EP is launched, a national tour, a debut album and making people and myself as happy as often as possible.
14. Where can our audience catch you live? Next Melbourne show is a solo show at Some Velvet Morning on Wednesday November 02 at 8pm.