By: Kat Harlton
via press release:
UK born, Canadian raised pop artist T. Thomason just recently released his new single ‘Loser‘. Presenting a darker, heavier sound than his early 2018 single ‘Bliss’ (earning 50K Spotify streams to date), ‘Loser’ was produced by Dave Henriques (Iskwé, Justin Nozuka) as part of an on-going, collaborative relationship with Thomason.
Recently nominated for “Entertainer of the Year” at the Music Nova Scotia Awards, T. Thomason has proved he’s a mainstay in the Canadian music scene. He has garnered multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominations, placements on Degrassi, songwriting awards and recognition as one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 by CBC Music. Thomason has shared the stage with Canadian icons such as Gord Downie, Carly Rae Jepsen, Collective Soul, Dragonette, The Trews, Joel Plaskett, and Fefe Dobson, to name a few.
In 2015 and early 2016, Thomason took personal time off to hone his musical direction and develop his EP, “sweet baby”, also produced by Henriques. A conglomerate of Thomason’s songwriting sensibilities and reverb-y indie rock anthemic choruses, “sweet baby” garnered him a 2017 nomination for Rock Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Thomason and discuss musical inspiration, role models and what’s next.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your latest single ‘Loser’?
Thomason: I started writing “Loser” when a relationship was ending, and finished it as another was beginning. This song is about modern-day courtship. Figuring out how to be tender and honest in the age of “ghosting” and “swiping left”. It came out of all that fear of being the one who’s “more into it”, figuring out how to assert your boundaries and the anxiety and self-doubt that comes with that.
At the end of the day, Loser is about asking the big question – Can I trust you?
Kat: What do you hope your fans take away from, or connect with on the track?
Thomason: I hope fans feel like this is a track that they can bop out to. As much as the lyrics are really vulnerable, I think the production contrasts that by being assertive and dance-y, bringing you along for a ride. I want listeners to feel like this song gives them the agency to take back their power, and reclaim experiences where they might have been labeled “over sensitive”, “needy”, or “intense”. It’s okay to feel things!! It means you’re alive!
Kat: Do you have any musical artists, role models or sounds that either inspire your music, or you personally? If so, who?
Thomason: In terms of musical inspiration, I’m always drawing from Bob Dylan’s story telling ability when I write lyrics. He is one of my top favourites. Sound-wise, at the moment I’m really loving Troye Sivan, Halsey, and Kesha. Kesha is a huge inspiration for me personally as well. I think She has grown so so much as an artist in the face of so many personal struggles. It’s inspiring to see her handle publicity around her personal life with so much grace and integrity, and then to turn years of pain and fear into incredible art. Her new album “Rainbow” was my favourite album of this year.
Kat: Who would you like to do a collaboration with?
Thomason: Any of the artists named above. Kesha, Troye, and Halsey would all be incredible people to collaborate with. Wouldn’t say no to a Jack Frost produced track either ;)
Kat: What’s on your playlist?
Thomason: At the moment, SO MUCH Ariana Grande. I can’t stop playing ALL of her recent singles, especially thank u, next, obviously.
Kat: What’s next?
Thomason: I’m really excited to be heading home to Nova Scotia for the rest of this year. I’ll be playing the official Loser single release at the Seahorse Tavern in Halifax on November 29th with Aquakulture and The Drug Rugs. There is some really exciting stuff brewing for 2019…But until then my lips are sealed and I’m living in Loser City!!!