Feltbeats.com interviews Tom Felton – The Twitter Interview (Part Three): Music and acting

Feltbeats.com received the unique opportunity to discuss Tom Felton’s music in light of his upcoming new album, “In Good Hands.” To spice things up, we decided to solicit interview questions from the Tom Felton followers on Twitter.

Remember to keep an eye out for Tom’s new album, “In Good Hands,” which should be released on iTunes any day now (you hear that iTunes! Any day now!!).

Feltbeats.com will be releasing more of this exclusive interview with Tom Felton, but the last day will be this Friday!

Because this is titled the “Twitter Interview,” I should remind you to follow Tom Felton and Feltbeats on Twitter!

Feltbeats.com: Before we get into more music questions, I wanted to ask you about Twitter. [Follow Tom on Twitter, click here!] I think it’s been really great for you! It seems like you enjoy it?

Tom Felton: It’s been fun, I won’t lie! I was a bit skeptical at first because I’m not good at these internet things, like Facebook or MySpace. As you well know, [Misha]! (Laughs) But then I got an iPhone, and I was looking at all these things to do with it and Twitter was actually one of the first things I installed. So now I always have it on me, and whenever I have a moment of blank thought I’ll check my replies and all that. I’m actually genuinely finding it interesting.

FB: And how cool is it to have more than 15,000 people wanting to know about what you’re doing and wanting to listen to what you have to say!

TF: Yeah, yeah! A while ago – I can’t remember what I asked – but a while ago I asked a question on Twitter and a few people replied to me, “Well, why don’t you just Google it?” But, you see, I don’t want the RIGHT answer, I want the FUNNY answer! I mean, I can ask these people anything and they always come back with these crazy, hilarious replies. It is so fun!

FB: Well, it’s really nice that you’re actually engaging the audience, which makes following you so much more interesting! And now your friend and Harry Potter co-star, Matt Lewis, who plays Neville, is also on Twitter. Are you following him?

TF: Yeah, yeah, I am! “Mattdavelewis.” He’s actually the same as me with Twitter – he didn’t really fancy it at first, but then he got an iPhone and the rest is history. And it’s great because he and I keep in better touch because of it. Twitter is great because it helps you keep in touch with people you SHOULD be keeping in touch with.

FB: I didn’t know that much about him before, but after following him on Twitter… he’s got a really cute personality!

TF: Oh, he’s a character!

FB: Yeah, and this whole thing he’s got going on with Chris Cousins – this contest they have? [More info: Lewis Vs Cuzzy Blog, click here!]

TF: Yeah, those two are a funny bunch. Have you ever heard of Ant and Dec?

FB: What? Ant and what? Ummm, I don’t think so.

TF: Basically, it’s like the English version of… I don’t know what the American version would be, like Jay Leno and Oprah together. It’s like the Ultimate British Super Duo. They present all the reality TV programs over in England. And, basically, I think Matt and Chris would be great for that. They’ll be the next big thing. I just think they’re very funny, naturally.

FB: Well, they’re getting a lot of followers; maybe they can get something started.

TF: Yeah, definitely. I’ll be looking out for some work, I tell ya. I’ll be looking out.

FB: Now we’re going to ask some questions relating to acting, and sort of how it relates to music. So, deep_friedoreos wants to know: Haveyou ever been able to relate your music to your acting or vice versa?

TF: Mmmmmm, no. I won’t lie, I’ve never thought about singing from the perspective of a character in a play. Though it’s quite an interesting idea, especially how the Draco and the Malfoys band has done it. I would have thought I’d have a quite good perspective on how Draco sees things, maybe that’s idea for future reference.

AUDIO: Tom talks about music and acting.
[audio:musicacting.mp3]

FB: This is a bit of a side question for my personal interest, but I actually find it very interesting how much you are very different from Draco–

TF: Well, thank you!

FB: — but yet you relate to him so closely. You really identify with him. Sometimes you say “my house” when referring to Malfoy Manor and “my dad” when referring to Lucius. Maybe it is because you’ve been involved with Harry Potter for so long.

TF: Oh, sure, sure. Very much so. I won’t lie, I feel very proud and all the rest of it. And, I would never say this in front of Jo Rowling or anything like that, but I feel like he’s my character. Someone told me, “oh he would be like this,” and I feel like saying, “No.”

That’s really the charm of the recent directors of Harry Potter, is that they ask you what Draco would do. They don’t tell you. They know you know him better than they do. So, I guess it is kind of strange. You’re right, I am nothing like him, but yet I feel very close to him. Occasionally, you know, I’ll catch sort of a Draco stare in the mirror, and I’ll think, “Oh yeah, now I remember that.”

FB: Oh, that’s funny!

TF: It’s a bit of a stone-eyed face, and I think, “Oh, that’s the one.”

AUDIO: Tom discusses how he feels close to Draco.
[audio:dracostare.mp3]

FB: Okay, back to the music stuff.

TF: I know, I’m bad, I go off on a tangent, don’t I?

FB: Oh, that one was my fault! Okay, so someoneingrey and chekkieross both ask: Do you prefer acting or singing/songwriting? If you had to choose one, which would it be?

TF: I would say I couldn’t choose. Definitely acting in the respect of what I want to do and what I want to achieve in my life. But music is a hobby that will always be there. I don’t think if someone came up to me now and said, “Hey, let’s make you the next male Taylor Swift.” I wouldn’t really want to do that, to be honest with you. I’m really happy with my nice little community fan-base. This is nice and friendly. And as much as I want to advertise it, I don’t want it to be all over the news and stuff like that.

FB: You don’t want to get too commercial…

TF: Yeah, yeah. I’m happy with the recognition it’s got.

AUDIO: Tom talk about going commercial.
[audio:commercial.mp3]

FB: Have you ever considered musical theater?

TF: Yeah, definitely, I’m a big fan of musical theater. I recently watched Blood Brothers. My brother was in that as a child and I watched him do that. There’s a part in that that I’d love to play. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the story?

FB: Nu uh…

TF: The long and the short of it is that there are two brothers – twins. And they get separated at birth, and one of them goes with a rich family and one of them goes with the poor. And then later on in life they realize they’re brothers. It’s a brilliant story on many levels, and I’d love to do that. Definitely.

It’s not something I have much experience in, but I have some amateur theater experience. But as far as singing on stage, I’d probably need to give it a bit of training. But, definitely, I’d love to do something like that.

AUDIO: Tom talks about doing a live performance.
[audio:liveperformance.mp3]

FB: That would be very fun.

TF: Mmm, definitely, I love the idea of performing live. A live performance sounds great.

FB: Gosh, I think I would be so nervous. But I guess if I was comfortable with my singing I think it would be fun.

TF: Again, depending on the song. As I said earlier, I wouldn’t consider myself any sort of singer at all. I’d never be able to hit the high C. It’d have to be a sort of mediocre tune for me to keep up with it, I think.

FB: Okay, now on to another question. xxbluemoonxx asks: What question about your music do you wish a fan would ask you but never did?

TF: I’m sure there are questions that I’d like to be asked, but when I’m asked that, I can never think of anything. Oh my God, I don’t know. I enjoy questions about it! I mean, as much as I enjoy questions about filming, it’s not really my domain, but I love the idea of people being interested in why and how the songs were written. I have an active interest in not only how the songs were written, but really how the idea of the song came about. Like, when did Paul McCartney sit down with John and say, let’s do this and this on this track, whatever. It must have happened at some point.

I’ve actually got a track that I really want to share, but I haven’t. I love to send it to you just so you can see what you think… and maybe share it with a close network. It’s a short track of me, SC and RC, when we were jamming in the studio. None of us know what we’re going to play, and we suddenly come up with this tune. And I think it is a pretty cool song. I really want to share it with the world, but it’s not really shareable at this point because it’s so rough. I’ll pass it on to you as a fan. The reason why I love it is that it actually documents the moment when the song came into being, if that makes sense.

FB: Wow, the birth of a song! You all just, like, started playing the same thing? How does that even work?

TF: Yeah, we had been jamming together for about twenty-five minutes and SC says, “I’m not feeling very creative today.” We weren’t really coming up with anything good! Then, I started playing a little riff that I’d been working on, SC immediately started to find the right over notes on the other guitar, then RC warms the drums up, and the rest is history. It was brilliant!

Before that, that song never existed. This is genuine song-making recorded in the making. No one knew what we were going to play, but this once, it worked really well, I think. SC and RC and I really enjoy playing together, and I have always wanted to be in a band with these guys. They are extremely talented, and, although this recording is really rough, it highlights the beauty of making music together. When someone adds something completely new to a song, they contribute to the mood of the song and the feeling of the recording. RC and SC really made this fun to play, so shout outs to them!

FB: Are there lyrics and everything?

TF: Yes, it was originally recorded on one mic, with the two guitars, a drum kit and me trying to sing! So I went over the voice recording lightly a day later. So the two voices are, in fact, just me! One from that day, and one from the recording later. I will send it to you!

[Note from Misha: Of course, I LOVED the song and really wanted to share it with other Feltbeats fans, so I asked Tom if I could include it with this interview. He agreed, and I would like to thank him so much for sharing this with his fans!

But, I ask two things from our readers:

1. We are tracking how many plays the song gets to encourage Tom to release more songs and recordings this way, so please don’t remove the song from this site except for personal use.

2. Please let Tom know how much you like the song in the comments below!]


“She”

By Tom Felton
With Tom and SC on guitar and RC on drums

SC: I’m not feeling very creative today.

TF: (Begins playing a tune) I don’t need need no clever conversation… just need a [inaudible] so I can…

One, two, three, four…

TF: (When RC starts on the drums and SC joins on guitar) Oh yeah… Oh! Hello! Welcome one, welcome all!

‘Cause I don’t need….

‘Cause I don’t need no clever conversation
Just need to lead a life without hesitation. (Oh well..)
I don’t need no fancy restaurants to eat,
Just serve me Burger King and give it to me under my tree.

Awww and she…
‘Cause she’s the one who wakes me up when I’m feeling down.
And she…
She’s the one who kisses me when she sees that frown.
And she…
She don’t even know quite what she does for me.

Here’s my chance to tell her that I love her.

Hey! Hmmm. Oh!


AUDIO: Jam session with TF, SC and RC entitled, “She.”
[audio:she.mp3]

[Note from Misha: I asked Tom later to explain the reference about the tree: apparently, he has a favorite tree up on Box Hill! 🙂 Also, since I know you’ll ask, he HAS done a “proper” recording of this song, and he hopes to include that on his next album (due out in a few months). However, the lyrics have been changed and the name of the song will be “We.” If you like the song and want him to include it, please post something in the comments below!]

128 thoughts on “Feltbeats.com interviews Tom Felton – The Twitter Interview (Part Three): Music and acting

  1. Love that song. Can’t believe it came about so fast. It sounds really great. I’d love to hear more songs like this. It’s addicting.

  2. I can’t wait to hear the “proper” recording. I have literally been drumming the beat to this all day. So uplifting. Yay!

    Oh, and totally agree on Blood Brothers. It’s a good show.

    *huggles*

  3. I have literally had this song in my head since the first time I heard it! It’s amazing what can come about from just jamming with each other. Great job!

  4. LOVED IT!!! I can’t believe you created this out of thin air, and suddenly it just… exists. Of course, we’re all still waiting with baited breath for your album to drop, but now I’ll be on pins and needles until THIS song shows up either on YouTube or iTunes. You have such a wonderful gift, thank you for sharing it with us.

    Littleroo27
    Beth, 29 (Olathe, KS)

  5. OMG that was lovely. 😛

    Each day I fall more in love with Tom Felton and his music. I simply love his voice and all!!! Loved the song!!!!

    Great job on the interview guys!!!! 😉 :mrgreen:

  6. Don’t have words for the great interview and for the AWESOME jam. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope to hear more. 😉

  7. WOW!! That song was great! I loved it! I’m so glad he allowed feltbeats to post it. He should send in songs more often.

  8. ou.. i absolutely luv it!! da song is so funn and still quite simple in iz own way }=^D iz great.. and i luv da tune.. iz more upbeat den some of his other songs (wich are still rly great) so i rly like his voice in it, ya knw.. da way he sings it.. rly brings out a different side of his music. wich is always good. iz short, SWEET, simple, LOVELY, and funn… vry funn }^]>
    i luv da “she” version so the “we” version i jus knw iz gona be rly great.. he is EXTREMLY talented so i jus knw iz gona be great..
    come one Tom.. dont hold back… we luv ur music and we always will!! }^D

  9. The song was amazing! But then again what song of Tom’s isn’t???
    It’s very catchy and the three of them together sound awesome!
    I think they should get together and record songs 😀
    Thank you Misha for the interview and thanks both for sharing the song!

  10. oh my god! i totally L O V E this song with out a doubt thanks for sharing tom! this song will be in my head for days!!! (that is a good thing to me lol)

  11. Great music Tom, and you created that just randomly. That’s amazing, you improv skills must be great as it all worked. That has to go on the album!
    *wonders what tree on Box Hill*

  12. Tom! This song is incredible, and I hope that you will make it available on iTunes sometime. 😀 the lyrics are really forthright and you’ll have every girl wishing you were singing about her! 😉 Thank you for writing it, and thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. I LOVE THIS SONG!
    I sit IN trees listening to Toms amazing music.lol
    He should do this more often – if he is unsure of a song, let us here a snippet, then we can give him our opinions!
    Although we know all of his songs would be good… 😛

  14. I love it. It’s really catchy, and I like how the guys just came up with it randomly. The wonders of song-making 🙂

  15. I loved it ! 🙂 Reminds me of the following:
    ‘Stuck inside these four walls, trapped inside for ever, never seeing no one nice again like you’–Sound familiar, Tom? Yeah, Sir Paul wasn’t feeling very creative that day either 🙂

  16. I love hearing tracks like this. The spontaneity & raw feel to them is wonderful, & quite refreshing. I find they often sound even better than the end product. In my experience, the best songs are those that start their journey in off-the-cuff moments like these, instead of actually sitting down & thinking about it. I can’t wait to hear where it’ll end up… Love the song, & thanks so much for sharing! xx

  17. 1. Comparing Matt and Chris with Ant and Dec really made me smile!
    2. Love the statement that you feel like Draco is your character! (most interesting when you go off the tangent, you know!)
    3. Strongly agree with all the comments bout the song. Looking forward to hearing it finished!!!

  18. oh man, wow, i love the song! it’s so chill and so catchy- amazing how they came up with it just like that. brilliannnt! <3

  19. the song is great! tom have to include it in the next album!!!!
    the lyrics and music both are amazing!and it’s not rough at all!!!!it’s brilliant!!!! :mrgreen: 🙂 😀 😛

  20. I love that song! It’s great! Love the Burger King reference, made me laugh. That’s so cool! How it just came together like that.
    😀 Awesome stuff

  21. I won’t lie, 😉 I really liked that song. I think that could easily be one of my favorites. It’s amazing to think that came out of just playing around.

  22. Yes you can! I absoultely adore this song(can a song be adored?) ! It`s GOT to be on the album! I want it to be on my ipod! thank you soooooooo much for sharing it…. 😆

  23. Oh this is beautiful! I really like your voice in this song ^^and with the drums and all – rather cool!
    But I still think the rhythm was a little too fast, when you started singing, but other than that I think it’s very very good! 😀

    -Coco

  24. This song has to be featured on the next album! I utterly enjoyed it, and just like any song he has done before, made me feel so good inside! “We“. And I’m glad he acknowledged how close he was feeling to Draco. Thanks, Tom!

    With Love,

    Sam.

  25. Ohhh, i just reaally like Tom! He just seems like a really nice, genuine, friendly and also a amazingly taleneted guy! I wouldnt say im in love but y’no you cant exactly fall in love with someone youve never met! But his voice is so beautiful 🙂 If i ever meet him im positive id fall in love with him! x

  26. i love that song the way it is. but why the f*** did tom chance name and lyrix for the “album-version”? I want it as it is! cant there be the two versions of it on the album?

  27. heya Tommm! just wanted to say LOVED the song, made my day, put a smile on my face (: so thankssss for that interviewww and the amaaaze song rock on dude!! and hi fromm all us epsomm kidss! xxxxx

  28. Wow! I loved that! That sounded like it was professional and that it had taken a long time to do and is a miricle that just formed like that! I love it!!! I am your biggest fan!!!

  29. I loved it. It has a a bouncy tune to it that made me smile. Anything that makes me smile has my vote of approval!

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