Scottish-based indie singer/songwriter, Tom Morris, recently released his folky and catchy new single called ‘He Set Himself On Fire’. The track is an ode to the lengths that people go to these days for fame and attention, and warns of the dangers of giving such people the attention that they so desperately crave. “When water would surround him, he’d swear that he was dry,” sings Morris. “You gave him some attention, so he set himself on fire.” The musician draws on a wide range of influences – the likes of Kurt Vile, Therapy?, S.Carey, and Sun Kil Moon to name just a few – to craft his own unique and distinctive sound. ‘He Set Himself On Fire’ is Morris’ fifth official single, and he’s currently working on his debut full-length album. We at Indie Top 39 can’t wait to sink our teeth into it when it’s released, and get the feeling it may be something quite special!
‘He Set Himself On Fire’ is a plucky and infectious little number from one of our new favourite musicians! INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
I wrote the song after seeing lots of videos online where people are doing some really crazy stuff to get noticed. To me, the song is about being careful about given too much attention to these kind of people online.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
When I write a song, the music always comes first. I’m usually just playing around on the guitar and a melody will pop into my head. The lyrics come after. This song came about after I had tuned my D string down to a C, and I was just playing about with that. It came together really quickly. I like it when that happens.
When did you realise that music is what you wanted to do?
I think I was about sixteen when I decided that I wanted a career in music. It hasn’t been easy, but I now work in music full-time. I have a small music teaching business here in Elgin and I get to play with a local function band too.
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months with your music?
I’m working on my debut album at the moment, so I hope to release it in the coming months. I’m recording, mixing and producing it all myself, so it takes time.
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