Accompanied by the creative tracks of a number of gifted musicians, Hiiyaaaaaaaaaaa (TomCattt’s 1st Album) inspires imagination and finds a way to impress with a unique vocal sound, compelling harmony and gripping melody. Currently, TomCattt's enthusiasm for writing has rendered 8 new songs for his next musical project entitled "Sinophilia" and he is heavily involved in the day to day business of Hiiyaaaaaaaaaaa. TomCattt has always dabbled in photography and, over the last several years, he has developed a serious interest in videography. TomCattt's very popular visual interpretation of his original music can be seen on his Youtube and Vevo Channels; namely, "Yes Love", "The Hurt"; "Yes Love (Official)"; "I'm So Slow"; "Not Your Toy" and "Trust Not".
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
My music covers several different genre’s from Blues to Rock, R&B, Reggae and Pop. That said, my sound is often different from one song to the next. However, there are some universals like smooth harmony, gripping melody with driving and unique accompaniment. Others have found similarities between my sound and that of the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Bruno Mars, Jacob Hoggard, Barry Manilow and Coldplay.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My Grandfather actually gave me that nickname. As a child, I had lizards as pets. Because of that I became an accomplished fly catcher. My patient slow approach behind the fly reminded him of a cat hunting mice–hence the nickname “tomcattt”. The name caught on when my mother took to its use.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
From an early age my parents, with their hifi and turntable, filled our home with big band music and the smooth vocal sounds of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Al Martino and other greats. My older brother, introduced me to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Guess Who, Lighthouse, Blood Sweat & Tears. I love the Rock/Horn fusion sounds of Lighthouse, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears. For current artists, Bruno Mars is a big favourite of mine.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
My new single release “Shapeshifter” and music video “Shapeshifter (Official) will be published on December 11th, 2018. The song, featuring guest Rap artist “Omega Phantom”, is the 7th single release off my in-the-works new album “Sinophilia”. And, the new music video will join 6 other music video’s currently on Youtube, Youtube Vevo, Tidal, iTunes Amazon and Noiseporn. Currently recording my next single release “Not So Dignified” and I anticipate publication in the early new year.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My action plan is to create my art and have fun doing it. At first it was like a therapy for me but now my plan is to keep creating music. It is for love that I do this. Here are the links to my songs and videos:
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
“Shapeshifter” without a doubt. I have a dance routine worked out for this song that is kinda crazy and sensual at the same time. Hard to explain. You just have to see it.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Putting down the pen. Sometimes you have this raw gem that needs just a little polishing to make it perfect and you wind up polishing it so much you lose the original gem. I struggle with this always.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I generally write alone. In fact, the first song I wrote, The Hurt, was an expression of my own response to hurting someone very close to me. That was a difficult time for me. I was suffering from depression complicated with occasional anxiety – that was a handfull. Yet, discovering this whole creative side that came virtually out of nowhere was what saved me.
I start a new project by writing the lyrics as I play a piano track until I have a finished rough idea. Then it’s simply a question of recording a demo by laying down a click track, rhythm piano and then bass. At that point, I look to hire contributing artists and give every artist the creative freedom to reflect on what I have done and then create their own tracks – if I like their interpretation we proceed. By giving all the contributing artists the freedom to create, the song itself morphs into once giant piece of reflective creativity that leaves me amazed every time.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Not much really. I suck at it. But I will reply to comments so I do my part to be “social”.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?:
Queen, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Maylee Todd, April Wine, Mother’s Finest, Darrly Hall & John Oates, Prince, Lenny Kravitz and, of course, Robert Palmer.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was a Federal employee with Service Canada for the majority of my working career. Fortunately, retirement in 2015 has given me the freedom to concentrate more on music.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
If I had success and knew how I achieved it, I would write a book about it. If there was a book that showed me how to succeed in the music business, I’d read it.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
There’s still music executives? I thought they died with Napster.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality often produces the world’s finest art and for that reason must be considered the most pure. From a musician’s perspective, there are those rare instances where a cover becomes more popular than that the original, but it’s rare. I always encourage artists to explore their own originality and welcome it wholeheartedly for those contributing on my projects. I know this for sure, when you really create, especially the first time you hit it, man there is nothing like it. It’s a soulful feeling that crosses between elation and straight out euphoria!.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Very excited about my new single release “Shapeshifter” and music video “Shapeshifter (Official)” scheduled for release on December 11, 2018. It’s Reggae and Rap and is a big departure from anything I’ve ever done before. And the video is my best ever!
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