Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson


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Tom Johnson

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New music blogger/Freelance writer - GoldFlakePaint.co.uk
Bio
GoldFlakePaint is a Glasgow-based independent music webzine. We write nice things about the music that we love.
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Expertise
music industry, music promotion, music performance, music writing / blogging, music journalism, music curation, music blogging, music interviews, music reviews
Interests
indie rock, indie pop, indie, electronica, dream pop, photography
Location
Glasgow, Scotland

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Benjamin Schurr submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Hello! Thanks for reaching out with this, I found it really captivating. The vocal is pretty magical and I loved the restraint of it all with the underlying weirdness of the instrumentation. Would love to know more about it as you didn't include any details in the subsmission. Is it part of an album? Please send over if so :)

Adam Billings submitted media.

rain song by adam billings

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission. It's a really intriguing piece of music, hard to get a handle on it without the context of the full album so I'm off to explore. Really like the balance between digital and analogue and agree with your own thoughts on it with regards to stepping outside. Nice work! 

Kayla DiVenere submitted media.

This Isn't Fun Anymore by Kayla DiVenere

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission! It's not usually my kinda thing but it's been done really well. Production is good and the vocal is really strong. Really good work, especially for someone of such a young age. Good luck with everything, you'll do just fine.

Pedro Meirelles submitted media.

Trilho by Pedro Meirelles

Tom Johnson

Hi Pedro, thanks for reaching out. Not much I can say other that was a lovely couple of minutes. Have found your Spotify page and look forward to spending some time with the rest of your work. 

Michael Soiseth submitted media.

Cowboy Song by Raygun Carver

Tom Johnson

Thanks for sending over, the song makes for a nice four minutes. I'm not sure there would be much scope for getting much online attention, especially with the diminishing world of music blogging, but I'm sure it'll find a home for those who hear it. Not sure if this is part of a bigger project/album etc, but good luck with the release. 

D. Scott submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission. Really dig the vocal, though I feel like the whole piece gets a little lost, almost like it's two different song trapped inside each other, or maybe like a remix of an original work? I think having a slightly more subtle instrumental would give some breathing space and allow the track to shine a little brighter. Promotion might be difficult as there isn't a huge scene for blogs/websites that cover this style of pop, it tends to be more down the Youtube/radio path, so might be best focussing on that side of things? Best of luck! 

Francisco Domnguez submitted media.

Tom Johnson

The track's really nice, the first half especially where it's more string focused. Think you'd be best going down the electronic/neo-classical route to promote it as it is quite niche in terms of what the more mainstream blogs/sites tend to cover. Bandcamp has a really healthy scene for this kind of thing, make sure your music is on there and tagged correctly, etc. Maybe use Hype Machine to find sites that have posted about similar artists to yourself and then hit them up personally. It's a nice track though, good luck with it. 

Karl Mattar submitted media.

Ready to Dissolve by Interbellum

Tom Johnson

This is lovely, one of the best things I've ever been sent here on Fluence. Off to check out the whole album now and very happy to share this: https://twitter.com/GoldFlakePaint/status/1083679743394938881

Thanks for sending over!

Honey Beard submitted media.

Reverie by Honey Beard

Tom Johnson

There are some really nice elements here, I think I prefer the more restrained patterns of the music than the powerful vocal but that's just a personal choice. Will keep an eye out for the full work, and pass this on to the team. Best of luck with the release! 

Mike Chung submitted media.

Sun Stand Still by SUNSLINGER

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission, enjoyed the track. It's a little more electronic than the stuff we cover on my site but there are plenty of good sites covering this kind of thing. A good way to find them is by using Hype Machine and seeing which sites have covered artists similar to yourself. Reach out to them personably and to-the-point and see what comes of it. Make sure the song is available on all the platforms - Spotify, Bandcamp, Youtube etc - as well as just on Soundcloud. Best of luck! 

Fetherstone submitted media.

All You Need To Be (Brew Remix) by Music by Fetherstone, Brew. Video design by Studio B

Tom Johnson

Remix's can be a difficult thing to promote via blogs/sites as they tend to get ignored somewhat but the track and video is really strong so it could do well down that route. Sites like The 405, The Line Of Best Fit, cover a lot of electronic/pop stuff so maybe reach out to them to try and lock down a premiere. Other than that, make sure you're covered on the likes of Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Youtube and work away down that route. You can use Hype Machine to find sites that cover the same kind of music as yours. Reach out to them and be personal and to-the-point. It's a really nice collab' though - so best of luck! 

C O S M I C O submitted media.

Every Week Or So by C O S M I C O

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission. I like the track but it feels a little flat, like a little muddy maybe? It might just be soundcloud but it sounds like its lacking a bit of punch, almost like a live recording? Enjoying the vibe though, and there are a lot of sites covering this kind of psych sound. You can use Hype Machine to make a list of blogs that have covered similar artists to yourself and then reach out to them and try and arrange some content. Remember to be personal and give them plenty of time AHEAD of the release date for them to hear your work. Good luck! 

Sean Rubin submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Hey Sean, thanks for sending the video over. Honestly, and personally, I'm not sure about the video itself, I feel like it distracts from the song a little, but I admire the effort gone in to it for sure. The song itself is lovely, the flow is great, and I really like the little nuances. There is for sure a market for your music, finding it is always the biggest problem. I can't say the best way to get heard by labels, but definitely reaching out to music blogs for coverage is a good way of spreading your craft, and oftentimes where labels look for new music. Use the search function on hype machine to find out which blogs have covered work similar to your own, and reach out to them, personally and respectfully. Best of luck with it all. 

Orouni music submitted media.

Nora (Naked) by Orouni

Tom Johnson

Lovely little song! I don't have much time to write over the next couple of weeks, but will share it on Twitter now :)

Psylhouette Psylhouette submitted media.

My Favourite Disaster by Psylhouette

Tom Johnson

Nice track, Off to explore more, and have shared from our socials. Good luck moving forwards :)

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You Versus the World by Mr. Dreem

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission! I dig the track, nice balance between the bold moments and the more refined parts, I'm going to go and explore the album now, and send it out to our writers . 

Nadine Tremblay submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission. I enjoyed the sentiment of the track and the video too, but I think the song as a whole falls a little flat and it could all be a bit...warmer? There are some really nice elements here but with the message the song is projecting I was really expecting the whole thng to really soar and I don't think it does that. Best of luck with the release though!

Jamie Rowen submitted media.

Black Eyed Daisy by Stray Local

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission, there are some really nice elements here. I think I like it best in the more restrained moments. Not sure about the hand-claps/percussion, it feels a little bit distracting from the rest of the track which, the voice especially, is really beautiful. Going to keep an eye on the rest of your work for sure. I was going to say that playing these songs live when and where you can would be the best path for you and you already have a UK tour booked which, so good for you! Best of luck with it all. 

Tim Kuhl submitted media.

Half-Remembered by Tim Kuhl

Tom Johnson

Ooft, this is huge. I'm a fan of your work from previous submissions. I think I prefer your more subtle work, the final minute or so here was kinda tough to listen to haha (though I appreciate that's supposed to be the case!). Will keep an eye out for the full album and make sure it's on the blog's review list. 

Ryan Hall submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Amazing. Emailing you now! 

TOPICS submitted media.

ART CAMP by TOPICS

Tom Johnson

Thanks for reaching out! I think this kind of music treads a really fine line and the difference between producing something really cool and really annoying is very minimal. Thankfully I think you just about pull it off - I dig the production, especially, some really nice ideas. I find the vocals a little grating, especially the call-and-response of the chorus, but I'd definitely be interested in hearing more of your work as there are some really nice elements here. Best of luck!

Chris Bugnacki submitted media.

Lock You Up by Pearl Sugar

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission! Dig this a lot. Found the intro a bit too much and was a bit disappointed because I really liked the artwork...thankfully the laser noise gave way to the lovely track inside it haha. Really nice vibe, and the voice sits really well within the subtle production. Definitely feeling those wintry influences too. Nice work; off to explore the rest of your work (might be an idea to include a link in future submissions - most music writers are v lazy). Thanks again! 

Lauren Ray submitted media.

Two Days by Lauren Ray

Tom Johnson

Thanks for the submission Lauren. Really like your voice, and the stillness of the song is refreshing, I kept hoping it wouldn't fully let loose and stay somewhat restrained, so I'm glad it did! It's maybe a bit more mainstream/polished than the stuff we usually cover on the blog but will certainly add it to our review pile in the hope that one of our writers picks it up - and will be sure to follow your endeavours. Just as a side not, releasing anything new in December is always going to be hard as most publications are buried under end-of-year coverage or winding down for the holidays etc. Best of luck with the release! 

Jeremy Miller submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Dig this, thanks for putting on our radar. Sharing now...

Kolby Knickerbocker submitted media.

Kindness and Courage by Kolby Knickerbocker

Tom Johnson

Hi! Thanks for the submission. The song is very nice, and I would echo the sentiments of the quotes you've included below; it is indeed immersive and nicely detailed. Can't really fault the songwriting and production, though it does sit quite far in to the country sound which not a lot of blogs/sites tend to cover these days. My advice would be to target more niche/nuanced sites that deal directly with this genre. It's not quite the kind of thing we cover on my own site but i'll certainly share it with our writes. Best of luck!

Lena Natalia submitted media.

Almost Home by Lena Natalia

Tom Johnson

Hi Lena, thanks for the submission. The song is very nice, certainly feels more suited to tv/film soundtrack work than standalone releases which means reviews etc are going to be hard to come by. I don't have too much experience in getting songs included in soundtracks but Ari  Herstand has written a lot about the subject and would recommend this post in particular, which details effective ways of reaching out to people: http://aristake.com/?post=105 In terms of touring, I think the only answer is to just get out there and do it. Email every person and place that you can and play as often as possible when the situation feels right. Best of luck!

Tim Kuhl submitted media.

The Neon Design by Tim Kuhl

Tom Johnson

Hi Tim, always interested in hearing what you're cooking up and this is no exception. I think you're always going to struggle with getting coverage on blogs/sites because your music is very niche and always feels very soundtrack-like, and also instrumental music itself is much less represented in the blogosphere. Which isn't to say that there isn't value in your work, just that it's going to be tough to present it through any kind of commercial avenues and you'd probably be much targeting niche audiences who have a genuine interest in this kind of work (I guess Bandcamp tags/mixcloud etc are good place to do this) Best of luck. 

Sophie Debattista submitted media.

Bloodline (mp3) by S.O.S

Tom Johnson

Hi Sophie, thanks for your submission. We tend to veer towards more indie stuff than big, bold pop songs (which this undoubtedly is!) but we have a couple of writers who cover that sort of thing so have sent their way for possible review inclusion. Best of luck with the release!

Matthew Squires submitted media.

Grace's Drum by Matthew Squires

Tom Johnson

Thanks for sending across, will pass the record on to the writing team - dig your sound! 

Matthew Squires submitted media.

Bird Song by Matthew Squires

Tom Johnson

Thanks again - as I said, I'll pass the record on to the writing team. Really dig this song especially, super nice vibes.

David Blaise submitted media.

Make It Boom by LA Poolside

Tom Johnson

Thanks for sending over. The production is rad and the playful side of the track definitely comes to the fore. It doesn't quite fit in to the stuff we cover on this site here but I can see it being huge elsewhere and looking at the coverage you've had so far that seems to be the case. Use the Hype Machine register to find all the blogs that have covered similar genre acts as yourselves and hit them up personally - with the coverage you've had so far you should be able to get in to a conversation with them easily enough. Make sure all your social pages are up to scratch, and just keep sharing. Good luck!

Orouni music submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Thanks for sending across, enjoying the laid-back feel to it all. Off to listen to The Grand Tour now - it's a bit too old for us to do anything with but please feel free to keep us up-to-date with regard to the new album - any word on a release date for that yet? 

Rebecca Schiffman submitted media.

Tips for Conquering Fear of Flying by Rebecca Schiffman

Tom Johnson

Thanks for sending over, really enjoying this. The vocals are kind of eerie, but very weightless and pretty. And that guitar solo rips, interesting to hear it within a track that feels almost childlike at times. Very cool. It's a shame the albums seems to have been overlooked last year, but going to dig in to it now and see what the rest has to offer. Thanks for the heads-up. 

Adam Morley submitted media.

Sleepwalking by Misty River

Tom Johnson

Thanks for sending across, enjoying the track. 

1) There are a few up-and-coming bands who have had good success with blog coverage over the past year or so. Check out bands like Skott, Heavy Heart, Seaker, Many Voices Speak. In terms of more established artists, perhaps Laura Marling, Marika Hackman, The Staves, Lucy Rose, Slow Club, Villagers, Bat For Lashes...

2) Definitely upload your work to the Amazing Radio database - they do great work with breaking up and coming bands and I can't recommend them enough. Get your work on to Bandcamp too, their new publication side is brilliant. I would also go through the bands above and use Hype Machine to see which sites have previously covered them. This will give you a list of sites that are open to new music and to your genre/style. Approach them personably about your work and what you want and you should hopefully see some results. 

Good luck! 

Billy Wild submitted media.

Show's Over by Kanye West x Cee-Lo

Tom Johnson

Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate what you're doing with your work however I see it as something that sits within your own created space rather than getting traction on other people's sites/blogs etc. I would set up a dedicated channel for your work (probably Youtube) and then push as much as you can through social media. Happy to answer any more questions if this doesn't make sense. All the best with the project. 

Matthew Squires submitted media.

Shape Of Your Heart by Matthew Squires

Tom Johnson

Hey Matthew, some really nice ideas here, will certainly be exploring the album - can you ask the PR to send it across to us/send it to me through here? Thanks! 

Jochen Mader submitted media.

Carousel by Gatwick

Tom Johnson

It's a nice production but maybe a bit too glossy for my taste, some definite strengths though and will keep an eye on them for sure. It has a strong sound so definitely hit up the more pop-focused blogs on the hype machine roster, think it could do well down that avenue. Thanks for sending across, best of luck.

Antiphonics submitted media.

Tom Johnson

It's a nice track, will seek out the EP for further exploration. Thanks for sending across.

Jacob Faurholt submitted media.

Tom Johnson

Hey Jacob, nice to hear from you, hope you've been keeping well! This track is nice and the video is great. I'm struggling to get in to the new album as a whole, to be truthful but I have sent it out to our writers to see if it strikes a chord with anyone else - if it does then we'll cover it on the site, if not then we'll have to let this one slide. As you can imagine we get sent a lot of music and sadly don't have time to cover everything, if the stuff we do like. Best of luck with the release, I'm sure it will do well for you again.