Tell us a bit about yourself, who you are/where you grew up?
I'm Allday or Tom if you want to use a human name, I'm a rapper (and I sing sometimes but not very well) and I grew up in Adelaide. Specifically Eden Hills.
When did you start rapping/producing songs?
I started rapping when I was about 10 or 11, writing lyrics in my schoolbooks etc. But it took me until I was about 17 to record them. Then until I was 21 to start doing it full time.
What/who inspired you to start rapping?
I think just the genre of Hip Hop in general. The first artists I loved were Eminem, Snoop, Wu-Tang and Talib Kweli when I was in primary school. I just had a compulsion to write my own lyrics that never really slowed down.
Has your style of rapping changed from when you first started, to now?
I moved to Melbourne at 20 and did an E.P called "A Skateboard Soiree", a few of the songs got a little bit of traction and I found more people becoming interested in my music. Prior to that it was just something I did as a hobby. I started taking it more seriously from then. I think my music is evolving over time, you can't make the same songs again and again. As long as I feel like I'm improving I'm happy.
Do you enjoy listening to other genres/styles of music? Do they influence your style?
I listen to a lot of British bands, a lot of R&B, a lot of old pop like Phil Collins & Cyndi Lauper. I'm definitely influenced by all of the above at least in terms of songwriting.
How do you find life on the road and your growing celebrity status?
I find that as long as I don't look at my schedule and count how many hotels, flights, meetings and stuff I have ahead of me, it doesn't drive me too crazy. I just wake up and do the things I have to do that day and make sure I enjoy my time off when I get it. In terms of people knowing me I'm always psyched to talk to people and meet people who appreciate my music, that never gets old.
What has been the highlight of your rapping career thus far?
There's been a few, but I'd say my album going #3, or performing in New York, or the album tour last year. They're the three that spring to mind.
Tell us a bit about your I Should Be Working On My Album But I’m Doing A Tour
Well the last tour sold out pretty quickly, so although it's album time we thought it would be a good idea to perform the Startup Cult songs one last time.
How did you develop from becoming established in Adelaide to Australia?
I'm lucky to get a lot of radio support, but when radio isn't playing me I'm always on the internet trying to spread my music that way. I heard someone say once "if your music isn't spreading on it's own then it's not good enough", I kind of live by that.
Would you consider performing in Adelaide a special moment for you?
Always. Adelaide shows are full of cousins, uncles, aunties, friends and my mum so it's always a little more special.
What do you have planned for the future?
More music, I'll probably branch out into some other kinds of art as well.
Do you have any advice for aspiring young musicians/singers looking to make their passion a career?
Music can be hard to make a living in but if you love it, just do it anyway and even if you fail it's better than doing something you hate.
What advice could you give to an aspiring young Adelaidean rap artist?
You have an advantage over everyone else in Australia because Adelaide accents are nice. Focus on the music, be your own harshest critic and things will fall into place