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Tom Hickox

Chronicler of our times, and of the conflicts and choices that characterise them

As a child he rejected music, associating it with the erratic and sometimes dislocated lives of his parents: an outstanding timpanist & world class conductor. But at 17, during a long and difficult recuperation from serious illness, he discovered and then immersed himself in songwriting. Inspired by this new love, he spent his free time glued to a piano, frantically scribbling down lyrical ideas as songs began to emerge. This nascent obsession was heavily influenced by his other, already established passion: literature, and as much as his work is evocative of such songwriting giants as Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen, Richard Hawley and Nick Cave, it is the influence of literary greats such as Pinter, Eliot and Joyce that perhaps sets him apart.

His musical journey has included a live performance on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, plays on BBC Radio 1, 3 & 6, slots at Glastonbury, The Big Chill, SXSW and Homegame, and a Black Cab Session. Tom has also recently signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music.

Described in the Daily Telegraph as like "Leonard Cohen crossed with Anthony And The Johnsons, but really even that does him a disservice", he is an original. Every once in a while an artist comes along that is both unique and deeply thought provoking. Tom Hickox is one such artist.

The Fears of a Support Act

Most musicians are notoriously nervous of playing support gigs, as how the crowd will respond is such a huge unknown. It's pretty important that the headliner and support are matched musically in a way that at least suggests that they might have listened to one or two of the same records.
19/02/2013 11:46 GMT

Why We Need to Call Sh*t, 'Sh*t'

PJ Harvey, in her masterpiece Let England Shake, in a more considered fashion directly challenges the establishment, "How is our glorious country ploughed? Not by iron ploughs. Our land is ploughed by tanks and feet. Feet marching. Oh America, oh England."
07/11/2012 10:50 GMT