Solid as The Rock: Interview with Tom Peters (Part 1)
Matt’s band – consisting of Tom Peters, Paul Bullen, Lorenzo De Feo and Remy Mallett (and sometimes Richard Lobb) – are known collectively as The Noisy Boys; as the drummer, Tom (aka ‘The Rock’) is the noisiest boy of them all. Onstage, that is – offstage, they might be more appropriately named The Laidback Unassuming Mild-mannered Boys, but surprisingly that name was already taken. You can see what we mean in this behind-the-scenes footage at the Starlight video shoot…
What’s for lunch is always very important
When not working with Matt, The Boys can often be found playing for or collaborating with other artists as a unit. On an individual level, Tom is also an accomplished producer/engineer, having worked with a range of artists including Seven Summers as well as on three of Matt’s solo albums (The Fire, Porcelain and upcoming fourth album). So, considering what a busy chap he is, we were lucky to snare Tom for a few moments to answer our questions below.
What instrument(s) do you play? How long have you been playing?
I play the drums. I’ve been playing since I was about 13, which is a bloody long time ago – about 20 years!
Musical hero… hmmm… I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, etc. and when I was a young teenager A LOT of the Beastie Boys. I loved their mix of electronic stuff with live drums (Mike D) and the hitting power of Bonham from Zeppelin. So a mixture of the two, I’d say. I’m more inspired by players who play for the song than exhibitionists, is what I would say.
How did you meet Matt?
I met Matt the winter before he entered X Factor. He and his old band Seven Summers came and recorded at Monkey Puzzle House – the studio where I was resident engineer. Matt and I got on well and had a few entertaining late nights. We became mates after that.
What’s the strangest gig you’ve ever played (with or without Matt)?
For me the strangest gigs are always the ones where we have instruments but they’re not plugged in – for TV shows. Doing the X Factor was very strange indeed. The stage looks huge on TV but when you’re there it’s tiny! When you first start doing them they’re quite unsettling and you get nervous but after a couple you’re like, “Hang on, nothing at all can go wrong short of vomiting on live TV or falling off the drum stool.” All the band find them quite hilarious now. Different for Matt of course as he actually has to sing!
Keepin’ it real on breakfast television
Which song did you find the most challenging to play on tour? Why?
Your Kind of Love was probably the hardest song to play live as it’s always at the start of the show – so for me it’s straight in with an annoyingly simple but hard-to-pull-off drum roll straight off the bat. Once that’s out of the way I’m always quite relieved!