Tom Pino has been writing and touring nationally since his days as the lead singer/guitarist of the new york band, “Ghosts of Eden”. Since then, Tom decided to make the move to LA, where he currently works as a singer/songwriter for variations of different genres and artists. This led to many nominations, in which included the nomination by NSAI to be on their 2019 ‘Ones To Watch’ list. Tom just finished working on his debut solo EP “Brooklyn,” out on June 14th, with the first single “New York City,” out on May 17th. The sound is inspired and influenced by artists like Tom Petty, John Mayer, The Replacements, Pearl Jam and City and Colour.
Tom Pino is here with his debut record titled “New York City” , an riveting song that gave us a preview of what his EP possibly contains! This breathtaking record creates the atmospheric setting of the city life. While listening to this home-like sound, you become infatuated with life itself. For me, I closed my eyes and place myself in the setting of the music. It was so poignant for me. Tom Pino’s passionate vocal delivery, had a nice rock n roll grit to the texture of his resonance. I loved the infectious melody that gets you singing along with the hook of the record. This polished sound creates an ageless appeal to the song. I can listen to “New York City” over, and over again without becoming bored. It’s memorable and has a bonafide timeless approach with the romantic lyrics, that paints a picture for the listener. The debut of this blissful record was a great way to get us anticipated for this EP! His solo EP “Brooklyn” should be a project you don’t want to miss out on!
Listen to "New York City “ here and get to know more about Tom Pino below!
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Tom Pino! Do you recall the emotions you felt when you received the NSAI nomination!? How pivotal was this moment for your career?
Thanks for having me! I was pretty stoked, and it made me feel like I made the right decision to pursue songwriting full time. I'm officially on their 2019 "Ones to Watch" list now which is incredibly exciting. They are an organization that has really helped me get my feet wet in the Nashville writing scene. I can't speak highly enough of them.
Tell us about your song “New York City”! What was the theme behind this beautiful record?
Oh thank you for the kind words! It's a bittersweet song about love, loss and moving on.
Have you ever personally been to the city of New York? Was this an inspiration for the songwriting?
So I moved to LA from my hometown of NYC about 3 years ago, and when I started writing this song late last year, it started as a long journal entry. All of these emotions started pouring out, and then I sat down at the piano and it came together pretty quickly. I wrote it about not only who I left behind, but the city itself. In a way it's about breaking up with someone AND a place, which I think a lot of people can relate to.
How does this single reflect the EP “Brooklyn” you’re planning on releasing!?
So it's probably the most commercial sounding song on the EP. I love big piano ballads so I was trying to challenge myself to write one which I had never done before. I thought the EP was done but when I sent a voice note of it to my producer (Omer Avni), he knew we had something special. However, what I love the most about it is that it still fits nicely with the other 4 songs. Thematically, the songs are all tied together about a very specific time in my life, and sonically, Omer did an amazing job creating an atmosphere that almost puts you right in the room where I was experiencing these things. There was a conscious effort on both our parts to really make sure there was cohesion.
What could our listeners expect from the “Brooklyn” EP!?
In a way, this record is 3 years in the making. I was hesitant to get back into the artist game, and to even tell this story. I spend most of my days writing songs for other people in pop and country, but I was itching to share my life again. This was a nice break for me. I love all kinds of music, but I'll always be an alt-rocker/singer-songwriter at heart, so for this EP I was channeling some of my biggest influences like The Replacements, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Pearl Jam and Chris Stapleton. If it weren't for them, I don't think this EP would exist.
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