For the past ten years Tensheds has been captivating audiences with his audacious showmanship and Rachmaninoff style virtuosic piano skills. As well as self-releasing 5 studio albums and 2 EP’s, performing on world class stages such Leicester Square Theatre, Cadogan Hall and Glastonbury & Isle Of Wight Festivals, he has picked up numerous award including the PRS UK Unsigned Award and Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award. With a new album out Tensheds spoke with The Fountain about the new album and plans for December.
TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to The Days of My Confinement?
The reception to the album has been incredible. People have really connected with the songs and what the album represents. I knew from sharing the raw demos through my live streams that the music had connected with people, but now with the album out I never expected it to be received to be quite like this. I receive messages everyday from around the word with people telling me what this album means to them and what an important part of their lives this whole journey has been. Fans and industry colleagues also seem shocked at the speed this was written and recorded – 10 weeks in total. It has even been called “my masterpiece” by one reviewer, so I guess the creative flow of my lockdown was worth it.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
I want people to be able to find themselves in this music and so these songs are not my stories, but our shared experiences.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Well I have a few live shows planned, and a Christmas live stream special, but other than that I’m going to try and take it a bit easy. Writing and recording this whole album through the first lockdown meant I had no days off. I didn’t watch any TV or read the mountain of books I anticipated I would. It was full-on work! Following that, coming out of lockdown, I was then into making the music videos and designing the artwork, which under the timescale I had to get this out was a massive undertaking. I also have big plans for next year with an artwork project and short movie planned, so a little downtime would be very welcome.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
To be perfectly honest with you, I’m just looking forward to being back on the road. I normally play 150+ shows a year, from small venues such as The Lantern in Halifax to Glastonbury festival – and at the moment I’m playing live streams from my living room, so I’m literally just looking forward to playing anywhere to be honest, and what a luxury .
The Days of My Confinement is out now