Hello everybody and welcome back to the Band Interview Of The Day! You know how this works but if you’re new here, basically we speak to a new artist and hopefully they become your new favourite person or persons to listen to! Today we talk to Hometime, a versatile pop artist. From the songwriting and the vocals to the design, the promotion and the funding, the entire project is entirely self-managed. Tony remains busy on the songwriting front – both for himself and others. While his songs are rooted in his experience as a gay man, their universal emotional heart translates well for other artists.
- If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
I’m Tony Kavanagh, a singer/songwriter from Dublin. I’ve had a range of experiences in bands over the years, but returning now as a solo act – working under the name Hometime – lets me do things on my own terms. That’s not to say I do everything alone. I’m lucky that one friend is my producer and co-writer, and another great friend is someone I’ve been writing with for years.
- How did you all meet?
I first met Gavin Murphy many years ago, when he was hired as a session guitarist for a solo project I was finishing. He asked me to write some songs with him for his band at the time, but the partnership solidified really quickly and we soon became a band of our own. I met Seán Hurley a few years later, when he came to work in my office. We hit it off and started dabbling in music. He has his own studio now and it’s a really relaxed working environment.
- How long have you been playing?
It’s been a long time! I started out as a very naïve young solo wannabe and progressed to working with bands and other writers. That really helped me improve. I’ve dabbled in a number of genres, fronted some very different bands. I’ve even been in a gospel choir. All of it great experience.
- What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Pop, adult, reflective.
- What are your musical influences?
I love an admire so many other musicians and writers, that it’s hard to know where fandom ends and influence begins. It could be ABBA’s glorious eclecticism, or it could be 1980s maximalist production, or a new-century pop genius of Max Martin, or the heart-scalding purity of Eddi Reader’s voice, or that random stranger whose passing comment sparked an idea for a lyric. Or all of the above!
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
At an intimate gig in a small venue a good few years ago, my bassist’s wife took a new tampon from her handbag during the opening number and tied the string to one of the tuning pegs on the bass.
- Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
I want to bask in the waves of someone else’s music. I just want to be in front of a stage – any stage – and let it wash over me.
- What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Ah, the “guilty pleasures” question. I don’t do that kind of guilt. I realise there are things that I’m required to be ashamed of but, that kind of snobbery does nobody any favours.
- What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Jessie Ware’s “What’s Your Pleasure” album and, by way of contrast, some of Quincy Jones’s early 60s jazzy stuff. I’ve also have to immerse myself in some pop and electronica from which to “borrow inspiration” for a track we’re finishing. And, of course, ABBA’s comeback songs have jumped to the top of the list.
- Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
My third single, It Beats Living Alone, has just gone on release. We’re currently working on finishing my album and I really want something a bit harder and more uptempo to be the next single. Fingers crossed we’ll have the album in the can by mid-December.
Check out Hometime’s latest release in the form of ‘It Beats Living Alone’ below.