Florida-born Tommi Waring has refined his sound on new song “Miami”. The pop newcomer had a rich body of influences to draw from – he studied at the prestigious Berklee’s college of music in Boston and also happens to be the great-grandson of musician and TV personality Fred Waring.
Tommi’s musical education continued in London, where he relocated after his studies. Here he teamed up with producers Dom Užkuraitis and Julian Blanco of Soho Sonic Studios, who have previously worked with the likes of Idris Elba, Diplo and Lethal Bizzle. Together they created “Miami”, a nostalgic ode to the city, which was released on 8th June. As its name would suggest, “Miami” is an exotic and vibrant track fit for the sun, or at least dreaming of it.
We spoke to Tommi about getting inspired in London, missing Miami and taking his music worldwide.
Hey Tommi, how are you? What’s new?
Hey guys! I’m great right now, we’re out here in Los Angeles working on some new stuff to come late this summer…so just enjoying the sun!
Your song “Miami” came out earlier this month. What’s the response been like so far?
The response has been amazing! It’s so cool to see people digging the mix of retro and new! We really tried to stay analogue and actually use a lot of the tools that were used in the 80s to make this anthem-esque vibes.
Can you tell us a bit about the track? What’s the story behind it?
So “Miami” is a sort of a tribute to the city, a combination of all the things that would put a smile on your face when you think of Miami. Even sonically we used white noise for thunderstorms and rain like the ones my 11- year old self use to run through.
How would you describe its sound?
The sound of it is very funk 80s. I wanted it to sound like what fun would sound like but deeper concepts being there regardless like in the verses.
You’ve previously described it as a “nostalgic ode to the city”. Miami has influenced you a lot, why do you think that is?
I’m not sure. Miami feels like family to me the entire city made me who I am. It raised me all I dream about is having my future there and being someone who will go out and strive to make that community better. If that’s through creating musical after school programs or just giving then so be it.
Also your great-grandfather was Fred Waring. Has he been an influence on you as well? Especially on your journey into the music world?
Yes, as far as being inspired – by his achievements most definitely. And his ability to work with others at a high level as well is a great example.
Do you have aims of being as big in the music world as he was?
Yes, I want to one day do even bigger things than Sr. but it will take time and dedication because he had a truly immense love for what he did, as I am truly obsessed with what I do.
“I wanted [‘Miami’] to sound like what fun would sound like…”
You moved to London after your studies, what was the reason for the change?
I felt like being in London and conceptualising the rest of the project, along with writing it, was something I needed…the fact that I couldn’t hop into a car and head down I-95 made me really dig in and honestly become a better artist because I had to sit through my bad moments and work on my own without anyone to help guide me or kill my writers block.
How has London impacted you, both personally and musically?
London impacted me a lot. I met some really beautiful people and had some incredible experiences that are priceless to me. Musically it was an immense influence as a lot of the indie vibes and electro music is stellar.
Are you stationed here now or do you have plans to move again in the future?
Currently i’m bouncing in between Miami/NYC/LA, mostly because of content and stuff. We are rolling out for this coming fall but I can certainly see myself going in between a couple cities in the future as well.
What are you working on now? Can we expect a bigger project of work to come from you soon?
Yes, I’m super excited to release some new singles this summer and a project coming this fall titled “Mirror”.
What are your aims for this year?
This year hopefully is filled with new people hearing my music everyday in every part of the world!