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Teesside’s dance-fuelled electronic artist Pearly Gates prepares to unleash their debut single, All Night. Tom Hunt explains the genesis of the project and what’s coming up…

Who are you and where are you from?

Hi! My name is Tom Hunt and I front the new North East electronic project Pearly Gates. I am from Darlington but am currently living in Newcastle for university. 

What is it you do?

I write and record the tunes for Pearly Gates. I sing lead vocals for the tracks alongside rhythm guitar and keys. 

How long have you been doing it?

The project has been in the works since August 2023, when my last band (Common Courtesy) parted ways for university. Since then I’ve been itching to get my own tunes out into the world and I’m stoked to hopefully be playing them live soon, watch this space!

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by mainly electronic producers and DJs, such as Basement Jaxx, Disclosure, Tommy Villiers and Sammy Virji. I also take influence from artists such as Troye Sivan, Jungle, Alfie Templeman, and Porij. 

The NE music scene, Teesside in particular, inspired me and kept me motivated throughout the creation phase of the project, as I know from my old musical venture that not many areas have a local music scene as exciting and dedicated as we do! 

Tell us about your music

I’ve always been inspired by electronic music, in particular dance music. The core of Pearly Gates has been deep rooted in being a project that plays dance music live. I want to create the energy of a club night in a live gig setting with a full band. 

What have you got coming up in the future?

Pearly Gates’ debut single All Night, an all-out dance track, is out now. After that, expect more and more filthy electronic tunes, and potentially a collab with one of Teesside’s favourites. AND, of course, you can expect to see Pearly Gates making waves in the Teesside scene very soon, with a live set that is sure to get the crowd to put on their dancing shoes.

Where can people find out more about you?

Make sure to give my Instagram a follow @pearlygates._ to keep up to date with links to new music and live sets.

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