Cardiff Singer/Songwriter Tom Auton has achieved by the age 17 what most musicians never achieve in a lifetime. The award winning songwriter has performed to huge audiences and released his debut EP 'Something Simple'on ITunes.
W&W: So Tom, big gig coming up tell us about it?
Tom: "Yeah! It's my first ever headline gig which will be taking place on the 3rd of August in the moon club, Cardiff! I'm extremely excited, hopefully it will be a great night. "
W&W: But your no stranger to large audiences, you've supported some big acts...
Tom: "Around Cardiff maybe, I supported Jack Savoretti when I was 14 and Bars and Melody when I was 15 on their UK tour! It was a great experience and a good opportunity to expand my fanbase to a younger audience. "
W&W: Is there one particular gig that stands out as 'wow that was awesome'
Tom: The one gig they had always stuck in my mind was in Swansea where i sung to 7,000 people for the firework display. It was a really encouraging gig as when I finished I could hear 7,000 people cheering and clapping to a performance I had just given... Nothing can really replace the feeling of being appreciated.
W&W: You've won awards for your songwriting too...
Tom: "I won Open Mic UK under 16 in 2014 and I also was the overall winner of the Future Music UK songwriting competition in 2015 which was an incredible experience. This was more challenging as I was up against people of all ages, ranging from 10-60. "
W&W: You've achieved a lot at a young age, so what's the plan? Rockstar or student?
Tom: "I wouldn't say I've achieved a lot, I'm just doing what I love and will continue to do so for as long as I can. Of course the ambition is to be successful! Whether that be as a student or a rockstar! "
W&W: And you're fans are dedicated, I've witnessed them trying to get in clubs to see you..
Tom: "They are a massive part of my music. Without sounding too cliché they are the reason I do what I do and I appreciate that a lot. It's really special to find people who connect with the songs that you have written and even better that they scream them back to you at your gigs! "
W&W: How does it feel to hear a crowd sing along to your songs?
Tom: "It's honestly an irreplaceable feeling, it really picks me up if I've had a bad day. "
W&W: You've recently collaborated with John Adams who done really well on X Factor, have you auditioned for these talent shows?
Tom: "John Adams is a incredibly talented man with an awesome voice. We both share the same opinion on TV talent shows having both trying them. We both feel it is not for us; we would rather do it 'the more difficult way'. "
W&W: So what can we expect from your headline gig at The Moon Club?
"You can expect to hear a different sound from me as I will be playing half of my set acoustically, as normal, and the other half with my two good friends; Dan Rogers (drums) and Angus Robinson (electric guitar).
I'm very excited for the gig. "