Music & Me with … Tom Mouse Smith- 01 Nov 2019 -
Tom Mouse Smith – Singer/Songwriter. Image by Chris Colvin
When were you first introduced to music?
I got music lessons with my dad’s friends who were in a band called Detroit Social Club, every Tuesday I’d learn guitar, drums and keys. It was amazing. There’s always been loud music in our house.
Tell me about your favourite teachers
For the last 4 years I’ve had guitar lessons from Barry Hyde from The Futureheads. I think he’s probably a genius. I’m blown away every lesson, loads of them are just the pair of us jamming for an hour. I got to hear his new album about a year and a half before it came out.
What are your fondest musical memories?
I supported Catfish and The Bottlemen at a sold out O2 Academy in Newcastle when I was 11. It was packed and I felt sick whilst I was playing. I just wanted to go back on as soon as I finished. Playing on stage with Shed Seven was pretty cool as well, unreal actually. I’ve also jammed with James Bay, he’s really talented and a lovely person. But the best thing is Tim Peaks Diner at Kendal Calling Festival. So friendly and set up by Tim Burgess from The Charlatans, we go every year and it’s amazing.
What is your favourite TV theme tune and film soundtrack?
It’s got to be the theme from Twin Peaks, although I nearly went for Stranger Things. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack from Joker because the film is unbelievable but the best actual soundtrack is either Trainspotting or Purple Rain Prince.
What was the last music download/ CD you bought?
Sam Fender’s, I know him and he’s so talented. I have to support the local music scene. I host a local radio show and don’t think there’s a week I haven’t played his songs.
Imagine you’ve been given £250 to spend on equipment, downloads, vinyl, CDs, DVDs or concert tickets. How will you spend it?
I fancy a synth so it would go towards that. Either that or one of a hundred new pedals I fancy. I’m banned from having any more guitars. My favourite is a Gibson Bob Dylan Ltd Edition.
How do you balance music with your other obligations?
I don’t ha, I’m constantly messing about with music. I’m obligated to play FIFA on Xbox in any spare moment by law. I’m also currently trying to raise £40,000 for Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital so that’s taking time.
Happiness is … being fit and well, nothing else matters. I’m always happy as I’m lucky to be doing something I love. I’m very lucky. Oh and anything from Greggs.