Tom is a Japan based freelance musician, originally from Manchester U.K. He has toured extensively over several continents, performing with numerous bands and theatrical shows playing a spectacular range of musical styles.
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Interview with Tom Southerton
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Asseverations is my heaviest work to date. My original album, composer, leader, bassist.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: New original album and an EP with band.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Depends on setup and music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction guaranteed
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working in the imagination, the physical sensory world, social with others, alone playing own parts. Music is multidimensional.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you available? When is it?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I play so many styles of music. People think I only play jazz.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Whatever they don't mention when providing info
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's talk
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: swiss army knife, hammock, machete, water filter, lighter Forget music
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Playing pro over 20 years. Worked with many bands, live touring, recording and releasing albums. Many genres of music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Original style is intense. As a session player, I play for the song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tachibana Yoichi, he's a tasteful shredder
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: strong clean signal, the bass tone is all in the fingers
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Crazy time cycles, subdivision, polyrhythms
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Immersion in music. Play around and / or hone. Takes, review.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mac & PC, desk & mobile interface, multiple amps, multiple basses.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians with a unique sound and style
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live performance Remote recording session Tuition