Sheffield native Tommy Farrow has seen massive success come to his uplifting, vocal-tinged brand of UK house music over the past few years, having released on record labels such as Stress Records, Of Unsound Mind, and Anjunabeats.
He’s since made his debut with Dutch label giant Armada Music, with his latest single ‘Colours Of Love’ – which is currently doing huge numbers across YouTube and Spotify.
We caught up with him to chat about the track, what advice he might have for any aspiring producers just starting out on their journey, and what else he has coming in the near future. Read the full interview with Tommy Farrow below.
Hi Tommy, I hope you’re well. How has your summer been so far this year?
Thanks for having me on to chat. My summer has been great so far, thank you. I just got back from America where I had some great meetings, and then I just moved down to London from the North as soon as I got back. It’s been a busy one!
You recently released your new single ‘Colours of Love’ on Armada Music, talk us through how you put the track together in the studio?
‘Colours of Love’ is one of my favourite tracks I’ve ever put out. I started off with the chords and then built the drums around them. With the chords and the arps being very trance-leaning, I wanted to modernise the drums and make them more “trouse” (trance and house), so it had to be a 909 kick and hats. Then, I found the perfect vocal sample to give it that real layer of emotion.
In the past you’ve released music with labels like Anjunabeats, Knee Deep In Sound, and Stress Records, what’s your typical thought process when it comes to signing new music?
I don’t write music with labels in mind as I feel it restricts creativity. However, once a track is finished, I do think about which label would fit best in terms of who is most passionate about the sound, and who can put the record in the right places for example radio, playlisting etc. Radio especially is really important to me.
And which labels might we expect to see you on in the near future?
I have more coming on Armada Music, and others I can’t really say yet!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to aspiring producers that want to replicate your success?
Surround yourself with people you want to be associated with, people you look up to; that will make you to be the best possible version of you. Also send your ideas to fellow music heads, and stay curious.
Are there any big tour dates you’re most excited about playing this summer?
I’m playing at Patterns in Brighton soon which is a nightclub I’ve been going to since I turned 18. My sister is a resident there and is warming up for me so that will be special. I’m also excited to perform at Electric Garden festival in Nottingham at the end of summer alongside Franky Wah, Rebuke, and more.
What’s one track you can’t seem to turn off at the moment?
Mathame – Dance To Death. The production is so clean.
Is there anything else you want to add before we finish up?
My next single on Armada Music is dropping on August 4th which I’m so excited for. Fideles and Innellea have been playing it, and it’s already sounding great in the crowd! I can’t wait for more people to hear it. Thank you so much for having me, it’s been great to chat!
Tommy Farrow – Colours of Love is out now on Armada Music.