Music Interview: TOM PEREGRINE – ‘The Boy’ Out Now!

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We caught up with German-based musician TOM PEREGRINE following the superb release of ‘The Boy’. Read the full interview now!

How did you first get into music?

I started playing the flute when I was about five years old and then did that for a few years till I picked up a guitar. I shared lessons with my brother, and it all was sort of a classical approach. When he decided to leave the instrument behind him, it gave me the space to flourish and enter new areas of guitar playing.

Later, I got a new, much more capable teacher and got turned onto more fun yet difficult techniques. The genres I found interest in slowly changed, and I somehow ended up in the Folk and Singer-Songwriter alley, aside other more bluesy and indie directions.

Who influenced your latest release, ‘The Boy’?

I have drawn from everything life threw at me during the time of writing which was about 2014-2019. I think The Tallest Man On Earth and Johnny Flynn were a big influence musically; I also remember discovering a lot of new folk artists at that time.

Furthermore, a bunch of good souls that I am glad to call my friends had a big impact on me and my songwriting. Especially in that period, at the age of 16 – 21, there was a lot to learn to somewhat outgrow being the boy.

‘Lucas Laufen produced The Boy’; what was that process like?

A coincidence, if nothing else. We met through a mutual friend, and I came to see a show of his till we later in 2019 both happened to be invited to a small Folk Festival in Teltow, near Berlin. When he saw me play a then-new song, ‘To The Boy That I was Yesterday’, he offered to produce my EP in the studio he works at.

We then got together; I brought all guitars I thought I could need; Lucas did so too (his were another tier), and I got to record half the songs on a 1943 00-18 Martin – who would have thought?

My dear friend Paulina Bartsch played the violin and sang harmonies on some of the songs, which we all recorded on one day as live takes. In the following months, we added more instrumentation to some of them, and Lucas did a great job in guiding us and finetuning the mixes. It was a wonderful experience that I have since been looking forward to sharing again with Lucas.

What draws you to the folk-pop genre?

I never quite know where to place myself withing the Folk subgenres as I keep discovering different instruments, sounds and styles. Besides the more Indie and Traditional Folk, I just really write and play what feels right and suits the feeling I want to express best. I try not to restrict myself to either acoustic instruments only or to synthesizers as a must.

So, I guess it is just what naturally comes to me and where I feel most comfortable.

What motivates you to make music?

The joy of playing music and playing music together. The latter I learned to appreciate much more in recent years and especially now in its current absence. It’s the intimate settings I love to play in that, when shared, make for an even lovelier experience.

Also, I seek to spread some thoughts and feelings of mine to maybe evoke a feeling or thought in the listener. Sometimes I may be asking more directly for it; sometimes, it could just mean to feel alike and normalize talking about emotions.

If you could open for any artist/band, who would it be?

Probably the Tallest Man On Earth, Gregory Alan Isakov or Nathaniel Rateliff.

What’s your favourite venue to play?

I have played a bunch of living room shows, and to be quite honest, no live venue or café or bar ever came close to the cosy and intimate vibes in these rooms.

What are your other passions aside from music?

I am currently finishing my Bachelors in nutritional science and will soon move on to do a Masters degree. Besides, I am into wood and metalworking, love bouldering and am quite geeky about tech and coffee. Nature is the truest passion of them all, though.

What’s the music scene like in Germany?

It depends on what you’re interested in, I suppose. The handful of English-singing folk artists seem to gather around Hamburg and Berlin and do support each other a lot. Beyond the scope of Folk, I would say there is a lot to be seen and heard once we are all safely able to do so again.

What is the best music advice you have ever been given?

This made me think a lot. I think it’s staying true to yourself and write for yourself first and foremost. It can be hard to do so when adjusting to the mainstream seems like a more fruitful alternative at times.

What new music are you listening to at the moment?

I am currently revisiting Leif Vollebekk, Luke Sital-Singh and Shakey Graves. Also, Julien Baker just released something detrimentally beautiful.

FV Music Blog March 2021

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