Five minutes with Tom Roddis
PUBLISHED: 16:42 12 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:42 12 December 2014
Holly Eells talks to 13-year-old Saffron Walden singing sensation Tom Roddis about his passion for singing, playing guitar, writing songs and busking in Essex
How did you get involved in singing and song writing at such a young age?
I started playing the guitar when I was nine-years-old and enjoyed singing along to the songs I was learning. A friend heard me sing and gave my name to the organisers of Cambridge Grand Arcade, who were looking for young local acts to support headliners, Escalla. After my first performance I started busking locally, and I entered and won the Cambridge Busking Festival. One of the prizes of the festival was to play at the opening of the Big Weekend in Cambridge supporting Hot Chocolate. Following this, I was invited as a guest by Tim Willett, a local DJ and champion of unsigned local music, to appear on his radio shows, Star 107 and Cambridge 105.
Who are your biggest influences?
Ed Sheeran, Passenger and Sam Smith. I really admire Ed Sheeran, I love his music and lyrics. I really admire the musicians who write their own music and work hard to be successful.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I know I am very young and I have loads to learn, but I just want to get better at what I am doing, and get the opportunity to perform at bigger venues. I dream one day of having a recording contract and people enjoying my music. I’d also love to play rugby at Twickenham.
You have some big achievements under your belt already, what’s next on the agenda?
I am working on lots of new material that I hope to be playing at local festivals next summer. In the next few weeks I am spending some time at Cream Room Sound Productions who have offered to help develop my song writing. Then in time I plan to get into a recording studio and record my first EP.
Get in touch
For further information, follow Tom on Facebook TomRoddisMusic or Twitter @tomroddismusic.