A Bright Young Talent To Make It In The Music Industry

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His debut studio album may be titled Long Way Down, but Tom Odell is on a steady climb to the top after signing with Columbia Records after just four gigs.

Chichester-born Odell made his first television appearance on 30th November 2012 as a performer on Later… with Jools Holland shortly after his debut single Songs From Another Love was released.

Critical acclaim

Later that year, he was also nominated for the BRITs’ Critics’ Choice award and announced the winner on 20th December. He received the award with great modesty:

“I feel very very honoured to win the Brits Critics’ Choice award, and I genuinely can’t believe it. Looking at the list of amazing female artists who have won the award already, I just hope I don’t let the boys down. Thank you for all your support.”

Less than a month later, his single Another Love was commissioned by the BBC for their 2013 schedule.

Keen to promote his material internationally, in January 2013, he’ll fly out to the US and Canada to play a few dates including shows in New York, LA, San Francisco and Toronto.

Iconic influences From the tender age of 7, Odell has been playing the piano. Surprisingly, his parents had bought his sister piano lessons and not him. It was his grandma that would later buy him lessons after he expressed the desire to play.

It would only take a further 6 years for Odell to be writing his own material aged just 13. Moving to Brighton when he was 18 was the catalyst for change and he began attending open mic nights with his keyboard before attending the Brighton Institute of Modern Music where he would absorb everything he needs to fulfil his dreams.

Odell cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Bruce Springsteen and even Elton John:

“I grew up listening to Elton John. One of the first albums I listened to was Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. I am a huge Elton John fan.”

It’s clear some truly iconic musicians have influenced him, but he’s also been compared to some. The young artist has drawn comparisons to the late Jeff Buckley and also Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Style

Odell’s EP features four tracks leading up to the climax ‘Another Love’. The songs are genuine with emotional outbursts, despair and love and tug at all the right heart-strings – anger, betrayal, infidelity – it’s all there.

With lyrics like: “I wanna cry and I wanna love but all my tears have been used up/On another love”, the 22 year old is clearly no stranger to intensity and melancholy, which will only fuel his creative genius.

Odell’s stacked vocals; harmonious strings and dainty trembling piano ballad-style will appeal not only to the angst-ridden teen, but also the more mature listener. After all, regardless of age, we can all appreciate nostalgia and relate with heartache.

Lyrically, it’s poetically haunting and reminiscent of the lovesick, all-consuming lyrics that sent Robert Smith and The Cure soaring up the charts back in the day.

From records to runway

It’s not just MTV that are snapping at the heels of Odell’s music producers though. Another Love was even used in Burberry’s SS13 runway show (the Burberry World Live Tour in Taipei) when Odell caught the eye of Christopher Bailey.

Commenting on his rising popularity through so many diverse scenes and communities, he commented:

“It’s been amazing getting that reaction, but I am surprised. But, at the same time, I have been working really hard at my music since I was 13 years old. So for me, it feels like a more natural progression, where as from outside, it kind of seems like I sprung out of nowhere… but for me I haven’t.”

Odell’s bewitching music is sure to make him a sensation in the music industry. He not only set the scene for the SS13 Burberry show, creating an atmospheric ambience with trembling brilliance but also it’s clear he’s set the bar for this year’s alternative music scene.

You can catch Odell on tour in March 2013 at the following venues:

Friday 1st The Rainbow, Birmingham
Saturday 2nd Leeds Cockpit
Sunday 3rd King Tuts, Glasgow
Tuesday 5th Night & Day, Manchester
Wednesday 6th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Friday 8th Thekla, Bristol
Sunday 10th Komedia Studio Room, Brighton
Monday 11th Joiners, Southampton
Tuesday 12th Dingwalls, London

Lucy knows that following your dreams is never an easy path – especially if you want to be in a competitive industry such as music. Bimm has a number of graduates that go on to make it though, including one that has just been signed to Columbia Records in the US.

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