📝Interview: Tom Odell speaks ahead of Birmingham gig
November 12, 2016 By: Andy Richardson
And fans think of Tom Odell as a pop star.
Yet the man himself has a completely different perception. Odell frames himself as a singer/songwriter, rather than a frontman. He’s happiest when he’s creating new tunes, including those that feature on his 2016 album Wrong Crowd.
Odell, who headlines Birmingham’s O2 Academy tomorrow, was born in Chichester and discovered by fellow singer/songwriter/pop star Lily Allen, who signed the 25-year-old to her label.
His first album featured the singles Another Love, Grow Old With Me & Hold Me. They earned Odell the Songwriter of the Year title at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards.
And he hopes to continue that success with his latest batch. Wrong Crowd features the hit single Magnetised, which was written in London.
“It was one of the last songs we wrote for the album,” he says.
“It started off as a ballad, it was about unrequited love. It ended up as a very different thing once we took it to the studio. We put some drums on it & all of a sudden the music production twisted the lyric. It turned from a being a very sad song to still being tragic, but maybe a little more positive. I find it interesting when you can change the production on the music & lyrics and it slightly twists the lyric.
“I wrote all but two or three of the songs by myself. On the new album, there’s a balance of songs I wrote by myself & songs with co-writers.”
Odell collaborated with writers like Rick Nowels & Andy Burrows on his new record, which also features the blissful ballads Somehow and Constellations.
He has different methods for writing songs, sometimes starting with a piano or guitar part & other times writing titles or lyrics. “It’s always different,” the musician adds. “For a lot of the songs on this album, it was a phrase I had – the lyric and title of the phrase would come first.
“For the song Wrong Crowd, I had the phrase first. I had the phrase: “I can’t help it, I don’t know how, I guess I’ll always be hanging with the wrong crowd.” And then I ➡️Continue with Link in Bio⬅️#tomodell #tompeterodell #wrongcrowd #expressandstar