Tom Grennan on how getting pissed helped him find his voice and working with Chase & Status

Chase & Status collaborator is breaking out with solo material

All it took was a
tipple at a house party for Bedford-born Tom Grennan to have a little sing-song and discover his outstanding voice. Now he’s teamed up with Chase & Status for their latest single, and his first solo EP ‘Something In The Water’ is a startling introduction. For him, everything’s going “sick”.

How did you discover your incredible voice?

“I got p**sed up for the first time at a party and just started singing. I remember going back to school and my friends were like, ‘Do you wanna join a band?’ I said, ‘F**k off’. Ended up doing it, and loved it.”

You’re a big Arctic Monkeys fan, aren’t you?

“At the beginning we were doing a lot of Arctic Monkeys covers. So I was replicating them a little bit. I used to have this northern twang in my voice – I was like, 
‘I’m not even northern, mate.’ Alex Turner is one of my heroes – his lyrics are genius. His dressing room was next to 
mine at a festival recently 
and he walked out like he was Elvis or something.”

You’ve started writing  your own songs now, but your dyslexia can be a challenge. How do you find a way around it?

“Basically, how I write now is that mentally I put stuff on a washing line. I just hang it all up and pick different parts in my head. So then I pick odd socks, lyrics- wise, and I put an odd sock to 
an odd sock and think, ‘How can I make that a pair of pearly whites?’ It’s weird.”

What did you learn from working with Chase & Status on ‘All Goes Wrong’?

“To not rush and just to be calm with a song and calm with the process. When I went in there 
I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to take 
a tune with me.’ But we got to it and let it happen naturally. That’s the beauty of a song, the spontaneity of it, and I love that.”

Musically, your first EP is pretty raw. Where do you 
go from here?

“The EP is raw and real; it’s an introduction to the world really, basically saying, ‘I’m Tom, I’m going to do bigger than this, but this is me right now.’ I just want to make an epic sound, like an orchestral sound. Violins, cellos, trumpets, saxophones, all that kind of stuff – just epic.”

Photos by Zoe McConnell
Styled by Koulla SERGI