Singer to Watch – Tom Staniford
When stomping around a festival, the only problem that continually seems to arise is where the nearest sausage stand could be and why the mud won’t go away. Upon reaching the end however, the dark haze that accompanies the lonely and abrupt, dead festival silence is probably one of the worst post holiday blues that you can experience. Ripping yourself away from sun soaked (it may be metaphorical sun, but who cares) slopes and slumping into a threadbare office chair requires those necessary pints of coffee and a silent prayer that no one will notice your broken stature and croaky voice from the past 4 (glorious) days…
Sadly, coffee doesn’t help and everyone knows exactly what state you are in. The only thing that can soothe your oh so broken yet bizarrely restless body is that type of music which will lead you to collapse on to the floor, blankly staring at the passing world and allowing waves upon waves of delicious sounds to wash away the cruel stab of “un-festival” reality.
Before I finally throw my toys out of the pram because I am no longer rejoicing on a lake side stage, I would like you to ponder this feeling and consider the type of music that would provide essential medicine. For me, this will be a wonderful acoustic singer who will make the real world a little more bearable: hello Tom Staniford.
I am one of those scarily unemotional people who often sits through a heart wrenching film studying an interesting fly near the screen whilst fellow watchers shake and sob around me, yet even I was terrifying close to losing it when I heard “ Lesson still young“ preformed live. This is a singer that will leave you wondering where he has been, and why it has taken this long to discover his talent. His voice is powerful and oddly reassuring, with a smoothness that will hold your attention until he decides to stop. When seen live Tom has the ability to silence a crowd, standing out from the rest with a professionalism and natural stage presence that is so vital when trying to be noticed in the weary and unending musical battle.
Staniford is one of those multi-talented fellows, owning production-company ‘Major Minor Media’ as well as recently featuring on the film soundtrack ‘City of Dreamers’ (which won an award, obviously) and thrashing competitors for the opportunity to play at Beach Break Festival. In my eyes, these feats can only provide further evidence to the fact that this singer is ‘the real deal,’ but you honestly don’t need proof. Decidedly different from popular male singers today, Tom will never be the next Olly Murs as his voice is to wonderfully unapologetic, and for this I think we should thank him. This is not a singer who can become background noise, drifting and lingering somewhere behind you. His music begs for allocated time to allow understanding and appreciation; it may not be suitable for all moods and occasions, but who on earth would want that? Too much of the same thing can only render us, after all, dull boys.
Listen to his EP and if you are not captured immediately, I beg you to see Tom play live. Each gig has beaten the last and he’s even embarking on a mini UK tour so you really do have no excuse…