Since 2014, London-based singer-songwriter Tom Speight has been steadily gaining momentum on the UK and international stages, headlining shows and supporting some of the biggest acts in the business. Having just dropped his second album Everything’s Waiting For You at the end of September, Speight spoke to Headliner about making the record, his approach to songwriting, and what it’s like being endorsed by music legend Sir Paul McCartney…
Recorded with producer Chris Bond in Devon/Rich Turvey in London and featuring contributions from regular collaborators Lydia Clowes and Turin Brakes, Everything’s Waiting For You was written as lockdown loomed, and was recorded over a socially-distanced summer as live events reached a standstill. Sunny song titles, exuberant guitars, scintillating electronics and an abundance of beautifully soulful backing vocals are among its biggest draws; the record is a celebration of living life to the max.
“When I was a kid, it was the whole Britpop movement that really tweaked my ear and got me into music,” Speight recalls. “And then when I started writing songs I was leaning more towards the likes of David Gray, Damien Rice etc. My mission is just to write (hopefully) good songs that will stand the test of time.
“Generally speaking, the key for me is the melody, and the feeling that it gives me afterwards - and also, am I excited to play it again? I just think I’ve become a bit more comfortable in recent years, and a bit more confident in what I do.”