Known as the frontman of UK indie band Teleman, Tom Sanders released his debut album Only Magic at the very end of 2020 on Moshi Moshi Records (home to Anna Meredith, Hot Chip, Flamingods). Tom spoke with The Fountain about the reception it’s received thus far and about some of the venues that he holds close to his heart.

TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to Only Magic?

It been all positive stuff! It was released without much fanfare so I wasn’t expecting a huge reaction, but I’m really happy that it seems to be resonating with people. I get posts on Instagram of people all over the world holding the vinyl and it’s a strange feeling to think the music has physically travelled so far without me. It’s paving the way for my arrival maybe?

TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?

It’s a simple, humble, stripped back exploration of life and love recorded by me at home during the first lockdown.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

I’m gonna be playing some shows with my band Teleman, and releasing new music with them. I’d also like to do a little tour on my own, as a solo artist. It’d be a strange thing for me, and kind of feels a bit lonely as I’m so used to touring with the guys but maybe it’d character building! I also have a huge backlog of songs that I’m trying to get on top of. I guess I need to record another Tom Sanders album.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

There are a few which I always look forward to playing; they are all small venues which have a certain something to them and which we’ve always had good shows. The Brudenell in Leeds is one of them. Il Covo in Bologna is another. Moth club in London. Maybe some touring bands will know these places. Touring Europe is always really good fun, and I look forward to going back. Crossing borders into totally different cultural environments, different languages, foods, audience reactions. It’s really rewarding as an artist and it helps you develop who you are and how you play.