Tommy Ill Newsletter Interview
22 Nov 2009 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
Thatís a hard one. I think the first Camp A Low Hum was probably the best for me, mostly because there was just such a good vibe. The audience was in such a good mood, we were outside, the sun was just about to go down, we were drinking cask wine on stage and smoking cigarettes. Really, for me at least how good a gig is totally depends on the mood of the audience, if they are having fun then so am I Ė which was definitely the case with camp.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
Iíll have to say the Mighty Mighty in Wellington. Doesnít always have the best sound, and doesnít have a green room, but thereís always an awesome crowd and we always have the most fun there. The drinks are cheap, the staff are charming and the people are always interesting.
What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
The Cosbys, because their songs are brilliant and their live show is a hell of a lot of fun. 47 Diamantes because they are awesome. Rap Authoritar because heís totally underrated and is a much better rapper than I am.
What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
I think Iíve reached a point where Iíve done so many things that could be considered embarrassing that I actually donít find anything that embarrassing anymore. Iíve worn little more than tinfoil on stage. Iíve dressed up like a bumblebee. I made a really dirty joke on stage at an all ages show in Christchurch. No one got that it was a joke either which made it even worse. There were quite a few angry parents staring at me. I thought it was pretty funny.
How do you describe your music?
Rap music for people who prefer The Brunettes to Smashproof.
What can we expect to see from Tommy Ill over the next year?
An incredibly swift rise to success in mid January, followed by a full length album, songs in the top 40, massive corporate sponsorship, the development of a substance abuse problem, a Womanís Day scandal, rehab, another string of top 40 hits and brief return to fame before fading into obscurity by December. Kidding - but hopefully a full length album!
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Make as many friends as possible. Donít be afraid to ask people for things. Always use a fake name and phone number when talking to groupies. Steal the other bandís rider. If you punch someone in the head, hug them afterwards. Be nice to your audience.
About Tommy Ill
Three EPs in, prolific MC, Tommy Ill, is a svelte yet metaphorically obese young man Ė as his proverbial belt has been stretched yet again to make room for his self-titled debut LP.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Tommy Ill
Having already released 'Toast & Tea Kettles' (Empathy Recordings) in 2007, 'Matchsticks' (LOOP) in 2008 and 'Come Home Mr. Ill' (LOOP) in 2009, Tommy Ill has earned a reputation for haphazard live sets and humorous tales that document the foibles of your average, slightly awkward fellow with Dionysian-leaning tendencies.
Being piggybacked around the stage by his hype men, tackling audience members, climbing on furniture and collapsing into a sweaty heap on the floor is nothing out of the ordinary at a Tommy Ill gig.