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Fast Five: Tom Dibb



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I started making music on a farm in Norfolk in an old pig shed kitted out with some scrap carpet, couches, a couple of fan heaters and spray painted walls with a few dudes from college in 2003. The guys were already a band, I joined as the front man and got stuck in to writing lyrics and top lines for the tunes they already had. Before long we were in that shed all night every night creating. Wicked times. It was when I moved back to the London area in 2006 that I started playing and writing the solo stuff.

Along the way I’ve pondered various alternative careers that I could potentially be happy in, Acting, opening a beach side cafe or extreme sports centre, skipper and fitness instructor, among others. Just felt the over whelming need to give this a good crack first.

How would you describe your music?

I’d describe it as social commentary, telling stories of life experiences with melody accompanied by acoustic vibes flavoured by folk, reggae, and everything else from round the world I’ve heard throughout my days.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Recently I’ve been touring up and down the country living out of my camper van taking the songs to Caffe Nero, VW festivals, universities, the streets, and people’s living rooms and it’s been a wicked adventure so far. In the coming months we got a whole load more of the above with some awesome additional festivals including Beach Break Live, there’s 2 video releases, and a new EP ‘Lost’ that I’m dead stoked about.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I reckon it would have to be Adam Duritz from Counting Crows. I love the way the dude tells the tale of the songs and their tunes have been there through so much of my life when I’ve been feeling mighty and on top of the world down to the darkest depths. That brother can pull an emotion out of any one.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

I’m taking Bob Marley and the Wailers ‘Trench Town Rock’. It’s one of those albums I’ve heard over and over but I don’t ever skip a track. I never get bored of listening. What more could you want on a desert island but a bit of Marley

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