Camden Close Up: Tom Heath for Pride
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month, for Pride, we interviewed Tom Heath, a London-based Singer/Songwriter and who is releasing a double single called ‘Copenhagen//Lightning Bolt’ in June 2020.
Tom will be opening the Pride Live (stream) at the Camden Chapel on the 27th of June! Click here for more info!
What does Pride mean to you?
I think it’s a reminder that there’s still work to do.
I love that it’s a celebration and it’s so necessary that it is, but it also needs to be a reminder for everyone to think ‘what more can I do?’. ‘Is there a way I can make a workplace/family dynamic/ social group more welcoming and accepting?’. Pride means kindness and compassion. We’re super lucky to have Pride as a celebration across the UK, but while there are still LGBT+ people in the world living illegally and in fear of being themselves, that celebration has to be matched with an awareness of those still being suppressed.
What has been your most career-defining moment to date and why?
Talk of the devil…it was playing Pride. I played at Pride in London 2019 as a finalist in the Pride’s Got Talent competition. It was surreal, I loved it. Asides from the 5 minutes on stage, which was just a rainbow blur, the moment which got me was walking out of the underground at Charing Cross on that morning. I was carrying my guitar, I looked up at the stage and it just hit me what it meant to be there, as a songwriter, as LGBT. I felt insanely, er, proud! It was like a checkpoint in an old school PS1 game…I felt like, whatever happens next, this is a springboard moment that I can keep coming back to when I need to, a moment where everything just seemed to fit. Then I got back-stage and there were donuts everywhere and I thought, this might be the best day of my life.
What makes Camden unique?
You can walk around with your guitar and probably find at least 3 pubs hosting an open mic that night. Just as I think I’ve played most pubs and bars there, somewhere new pops up.
Also I have to mention The London Irish Centre, probably the place I know best in Camden. It harbours such a wonderful community driven spirit that I think is totally unique and admirable, they do amazing work. Camden feels like an extension of that community.
What makes your work important today?
I’m singing songs about loving freely, getting your heart broken freely, anxiety and finding and maintaining your self-worth. It’s my daily reality and I know it’s the same for so many others. If I can reach those people with my songs and have them relate, feel, and connect with me, then nothing is more important than that.
How have you been keeping during lockdown? Do you have any tips or activities to share with us?
Cooking! I’ve been trying to perfect the ‘world’s best veggie chilli’. It’s been a journey, and not always a delicious one. I’m on batch 5 now and I think I’m getting there. The secret is coffee…who knew!
Oh and there’s an app called Air Console, which is just a ton of Lo-Fi games that you can play with housemates/family. It’s hysterical and many competitive and laughter-induced tears have been shed in my house.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got a bunch of tracks to release this year, the first of which is a double single called ‘Copenhagen // Lightning Bolt’.
It will be out in June…at time of writing, the exact date isn’t confirmed.
I’ve also just launched a new cover series on Youtube called ‘Schoolbus Throwbacks’, songs from the early noughties that I used to listen to going to school. It’s so fun to revisit them. The first one out is ‘Get Out (Leave)’ by Jojo, just to give you a sense of era!
Artist bio :
Tom Heath is an up-and-coming pop singer/songwriter talent based in London. Championing songs of failed dates, not-so-failed dates, self-worth and growing into the people we're meant to be, Tom is set to release 5 brand new songs in 2020. 2018 saw Tom supporting Ed Sheeran at a London Charity event, and joining songwriters Luke Concannon (of Nizlopi) and Lisa Canny on a handful of their UK tour dates. 2019 saw Tom reach the final of' Pride's Got Talent', performing for Pride In London in Trafalgar Square.
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Spotify: Tom Heath