Tuesday 20 March 2018

Q&A: Tom Odell

"Ginger" heartthrob Tom Odell on those Taylor Swift romance rumours, his spat with the NME and why he doesn't read what's written about him

Hello Tom. What's happening?

We're in Norwich right now. Last night we played London. Tomorrow, there's a video shoot for my next single. It's pretty hectic. But really cool.

Is it difficult rocking out when seated behind a piano? Stage-diving must be a challenge.

You should come and see a show. There is a lot more you can do with a piano than one might think.

How do you feel about the fact that 90pc of your fanbase is comprised of screaming young ladies. There are a lot of girls, which I have no problems with. But, you know, I get couples coming along too.

So, you've been romantically linked with everyone from Eliza Doolittle to Taylor . How does it feel to be a creature of the gossip media?

You learn to ignore it. Very early on it dawns on you that you've got to screen it out..

There was somewhat of a kerfuffle when the NME gave your album zero stars (out of ten). Your father was so annoyed he rang up to complain.

I didn't really think much about [the incident] to be honest. I think journalists like to think they have a lot of influence.

Judging by your lyrics, you're the sort of sensitive bloke who enjoys a good cry. Then, you'd been recently ditched by your girlfriend when you made the album ...

The record was written very much about that sort of feeling. It wasn't a conscious decision. It was something on my mind. It was inevitable, really.

Apparently you're dead keen to play Elton John in a new biopic. Unfortunately they've just cast someone else.

What happened is thatI was at the Q awards on Monday and they asked would I be up for it [playing Elton on the big screen]. I said 'no – I have ginger hair, it wouldn't' work'. All of a sudden, my 'no' become a 'yes' in the press.

Do you stay up all night googling yourself?

[If you're famous] don't google your own name. That is the key thing. A lot of artists do it. The ones who survive probably don't.

You played the Trinity Ball last spring. How did your sensitive ballads go down?

Songs like Another Love aren't the most ideal to play to drunk people. We did Rainy Day Women by Bob Dylan. In the end we really enjoyed it.

You are signed to Lily Allen's record label. What's she like as a boss?

She understands what it's like to be in my position – she went through it herself.

Tom Odell plays the Olympia, Dublin tomorrow night. His album Long Way Down is out now.

Irish Independent

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