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Who are you?
My name is Tom Waterworth and I’m 23 years old. I was born and raised in West Yorkshire, but I’ve lived in Newcastle for 5 years.

What is it you do?
I write, perform and produce music under the name Firesites.

How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been playing music in and out of bands for most of my life, but Firesites started in 2017 when I discovered the wonders of digital audio workstations and home recording.

What inspires you?
I’m quite a visual person. I think I get a lot of inspiration from just looking at the things around me, but I’m really into film, TV, photography, animation and things like that. I’ve definitely “borrowed” some story arcs as a basis for lyrics! I also get a lot of ideas at night, so I guess my dreams inspire me – if that’s not too pretentious – and I often have to force myself to get up and write stuff down at 3am. Other than that, I like a lot of music! I won’t say all genres, but I’ll give anything a go!

Tell us about your music.
Firesites sits somewhere between synth-pop, indie and alt-rock. The project started out with me trying to record demos for a rock band I was in at the time, when I realised how much I loved synths! I started creating these dark, electronic rock songs which went on my first EP Transistor. My sound has definitely brightened up a bit since then; it’s still quite sombre but more hopeful ­(although the word “melancholic” keeps coming up in reviews – what can I say? I’m a big Radiohead fan).

I’m quite protective over my creative process – probably too much so – to the extent that I won’t let anyone help me. I play pretty much all of the instruments on my songs, with the occasional guest performer, and I do all the mixing and mastering myself. I’ve also started directing, filming and editing my own music videos, which has been a completely new and fun challenge. The video for my latest single ‘Chemicals’ is a bit of a tragicomedy and has gone down really well so far.

What have you got coming up in the future?
I’m very excited to have finished my first full-length album The Sun, which follows the story of two characters trying to escape their sanctuary in a dystopian world. The album is set for release next month and its second single Passengers is out on October 30th.

Where can people find out more about you?
I’m on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook if you’d be so kind to give us a follow. Music available to stream on all major platforms!

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