Turning Around With Tom Goss
DC-based singer-songwiter Tom Goss’ music has been front and center of recent LGBT equality fights. His newest music video “Lover” tackled Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and his latest album, “Turn It Around,” is being loved and acclaimed by numerous media outlets.
Goss is near the end of a cross country tour and will be performing at the Camel on Thursday, June 2 for the GayRVA Live concert series. We caught up him to learn more about his new album and upcoming show.
GayRVA: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences these days?
Hm, that’s a good question. I listen to mostly “This American Life” these days. It’s not music but it’s real life stories. They are very inspiring to me. I guess the albums that I’ve been listening to most lately are Namoli Brennet’s “Black Crow” and David Gray’s “Draw The Line.” But really I’ve been on this kick where all my music is on shuffle and I haven’t been listening to too much of any one thing. Long story short, I need some new music.
Can you describe the process you went through creating “Turn It Around?”
The past couple years have been pretty heavy and political. I was performing every night and I was starting to get worn down by it. In general I’m not that political of a person. I felt like I had lost some of the pure energy that made me love music in the first place. When I sat down to write “Turn It Around,” I wanted to make sure that I was creating music that was fun, bright and something that would get your booty shaking. I’m very happy with what we created.
Your songwriting has been very politically focused for some time. Do you feel some obligation as an LGBT artist to help the community?
I feel like everyone has an obligation to promote social justice. As a gay man, it’s important for me to talk about my relationship in an open and honest way that helps bridge the gap between people who may not normally have a reason to think about LGBT/marriage equality. More than anything that’s what I am hoping to do. I write songs about my love and relationships. Because I’m in love with a man, it will often be perceived as political. I’m fine with that. I’m lucky to be in a position where I have a platform to do so.
Have you seen any impact from your songs personally?
Absolutely. Especially my most recent music video “Lover.” I get messages all of the time from members of the military and their partners (past and present) who tell me how much the song has touched them. I feel very humbled by that.
How’s touring been this time around? Any new discoveries around the country?
I love touring. I’ve been on the road for eight weeks and I’ll be back home in two more. I miss my husband but I love the road. I’m always meeting new people and hearing new stories. I really love seeing the country. There really isn’t any part of the country that I don’t like. I get really excited about visiting each city and the friends I have made over the years.
You’re now writing an excellent column for The New Gay. Do you see yourself doing more writing in the future?
Wow, thank you. I think I will be doing more writing in the future. It’s a totally new venture for me. People have been asking me to write a blog for years, but it just seemed like too much work. Finally, I decided to give it a shot. I’ve really enjoyed it. I think we’ve gotten so used to talking to each other in 150 characters or less. It’s nice to be able to flesh out my experiences or ideas a little more. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!
What made you decide to perform at GayRVA Live?
I love GayRVA and I love Richmond. Simple as that! I think Richmonders can expect an experience that’s intimate and one of a kind.
Check out more of Tom Goss at tomgossmusic.net. GayRVA Live is Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Stay after the show for music with Richmond bands Prabir/Goldrush, Scolaro and Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepp Repplica. Get more information at gayrva.com/live.
Andrew Cothern is a music lover and media professional in Richmond, Va. specializing in photography and video production. Check out his music blog Richmond Playlist.
Billy Christopher Maupin (or B.C. to anyone who knows him) is a man of the theatre. He is an award winning theatrical director, an accomplished actor and a gifted singer of songs. Like many gifted artists, his artistic inspiration is based upon a personal life that largely resembles a roller coaster. As a single, 35-year-old [...]August 9, 2016
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