Allday (aka Tom Gaynor) just got announced for Groovin the Moo, replacing Action Bronson. We caught up with Tom to talk, Groovin, and all things Allday.
You released Claude Monet at the end of last year, it got plenty of spins on the Js, where you surprised at how well it was received?
Um, I guess. I mean when people hear your songs and it gets played on the radio, then it’s really all your hard work coming to fruition. So yeah, like its really good, but not surprising cos I worked hard to achieve that, if you get what I mean.
Yeah totally. Does that mean that as much as writing music is enjoyable and fun do you see it as a job?
I just quit my job three months ago, so now that I don’t have to work, I do see it as a more important experience, because you need to make money off it in order to live. But, yeah so pretty happy I don’t have to work and get to focus on this.
Yeah, I’m pretty jealous. I hear you draw on soul, indie and classic hip hop influences, and how does this whole recording process go down?
I usually sit down with a producer and we talk about things, and then I sit down and write lyrics and work pretty much all day until I’m satisfied with what we’ve got. Then I write a demo version and we go back and record it.
Does sitting down with the producer change the end result you would have have to?
In terms of producer, I mean a beat maker. I am in full control, I sit down and we lay out a beat that I can respond to. So it’s a little different, I’m still the one doing most of the creative aspects, but they certainly help.
When you are writing your music, do ever have an overarching theme you keep referring to?
I previously had an overarching theme. It was more I’m a fat kid who’s a rapper, and now I get free drinks, ha-ha-ha kind of thing. That was the theme. But this album I have really moved on from that, I mean l don’t need to keep writing songs about being a fat kid and putting them out. I started calling myself Allday and dropped the name All day chubby boy, and that pretty much put an end to that saga. So this album in July will be very different.
So do any of those kids who teased you, rock up at your show to be your best mates?
Yeah, dude it’s so funny how short some of their memories are.
How do you handle them?
I’m cool, I mean I know that goodwill strikes more than being nasty, particularly in music.
So you are originally from Blackwood in the Adelaide Hills, are you mates with the Hilltop Hoods by any chance?
Ha-ha, there a fair bit older than me, but were definitely a big influence. My sister actually went out with DJ Debris for like 5 years so I had met them a few times.
What was behind your move to Melbourne?
I was actually going to stop doing music, and I decided to move to Melbourne to do this course in 2012. It wasn’t until I was actually in Melbourne that the music took off. I mean we added one to Triple J unearthed and it took off. I was actually going to stop, but then people started liking my stuff, and I was like maybe this could work.
What was it like when 360 came out and publicly declared he liked your work?
I think I had like 800 likes on Facebook and maybe a 1000 plays on Soundcloud, before 360 told everyone about me. Then I picked up over a 1000 likes overnight, so yeah he was pretty instrumental in the whole process, particular the early stages. It was pretty cool just to kind of watch everything explode.
You now have like 55,000 Facebook likes. You haven’t even released an album, and you are way more popular on social media than other local bands who have released two or three albums. Is that just the nature of Australian hip hop?
I mean I guess, but I think it’s also because it is just me interacting with all my fans on social media. So when it’s just one person they tend to resonate with that one person more. And you have to remember I have also put out like 6 mix tapes of stuff. I just do that because it’s cheaper to record, and some of them are crap, some are ok, but it’s about engaging fans and giving them stuff to listen to. So it’s not like I haven’t released anything.
Aussie Hip Hop tends to be a pretty upbeat affair, do you get inspiration from that, or tend to listen to more American hip hop.
I guess I do, I am not really that influenced by Australian hip hop though. I guess I am classified as Aussie Hip Hop, and I listen to a little bit of stuff, but I definitely listen to more of the American stuff as an influence. Hip hop stemmed from urban areas in America which are associated with low socioeconomic areas. So there hip hop is a lot heavier, because they do have heavy issues to deal with. But I tend to listen to a lot more modern hip hop like Kendrick Lamar.
You’ve also just been announced to play Groovin the Moo, replacing Action Bronson. Do you feel any pressure replacing such a big international artist?
Ha-ha yeah, I hadn’t really thought about it until just then, but it’s all cool man. I was pretty excited that people were like writing to me on social media, being like ‘I hope all day is there’. So man it’s really fun, and I’m looking forward to it. I got called in late last year and that was the first time I had ever played a festival so it’s just good to be doing it again.
What is planned for Allday in 2014?
Yeah so we have the album coming out in July I think, and we will hopefully be doing some touring. But yeah, otherwise just looking forward to doing this Groovin the Moo tour and seeing what happens.