1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Tom, I’m the vocalist of post-hardcore band Casey.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
I’d probably say either a pastel lilac, or maybe a deep maroon – can I have both?
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Satisfying our own expectations. We’re our own worst critics, so producing material that all 5 of us are happy with can be a struggle at times.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
I wanna play Unify in Australia; a few friends bands have done it, and it just seems like a really great time.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
I’m not sure if success is the correct word, but my favourite musical memory was touring Japan with my previous band; I’d love to go back there one day.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
My parents and my sister introduced me to a broad spectrum of music at a very early age, I think that helped develop my tastes and open my eyes to creative possibilities.
7. If you could hear any person, living or dead, sing to you, who would it be?
The first person that came to mind was Julien Baker; I know she’s a very current artist, but there’s a wonderful depth of character to her voice, and I think she sings in a way that’s very audibly sincere. So I’ll go with her.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Not sure if this counts because she’s also a musician, but there’s an author called Margret Wander, who performs under the stage name Dessa, who’s writing has inspired me a lot in my own lyrics. She really introduced the flexibility of language to my writing.
9. What’s your favorite book?
Spiralbound by Dessa, or Killing Yourself to Live: 80% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I like playing video games when I have free time, and just hanging out with friends beside that. I’m a simple guy haha.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
It honestly varies quite regularly. Circa Survive, POS, Pianos Become The Teeth, Dance Gavin Dance, and Lydia often make the top 5 though.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Persevere; failure is often inevitable, but giving up is always a choice.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?