Following the high energy opening night of his headline tour, we interviewed Ten Tonnes to chat about his tour, debut album, and more. Growing up in a musical household, with his dad being a guitarist, Ten Tonnes was used to being surrounded by music and initially started playing the drums. After performing in open mic nights, he decided to adopt the name ‘Ten Tonnes’ to stand out, and after that, it stuck. Over the past few years, the artist has steadily been growing a fan base through regular touring and festival appearances, and his releases, including the ‘Born to Lose’ EP.
Chatting about the first gig of his current tour at the O2 Institute, Ten Tonnes said, ‘it was great, the first night of tour is always a fun one’, adding that ‘it’s nice to get the ball rolling’. Playing in eight cities across the UK, Ten Tonnes’ shows are slick, energetic, and, above all, great fun. With support from Only The Poets, and performing alongside a talented live band, there’s a distinct air of cohesive professionalism across the night.
Although the quality of the music from both acts leaves little to be desired, it was the sheer enjoyment displayed that made their Birmingham show so entertaining. Only The Poets kicked things off with a lot of liveliness which was matched by Ten Tonnes, showing a significant amount of passion for music throughout the evening. In discussing what it feels like to be on tour, Ten Tonnes said it feels ‘brilliant, to sell out shows has always been the dream for me so I just can’t really wait to see everyone and play for everyone; it should be really great’.
Accompanied by this tour is Ten Tonnes’ debut, self-titled album which dropped on Friday 3rd May and showcases uplifting, guitar-driven melodies with strong vocals and witty lyrics throughout. In its first week, the album has landed a spot in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart. Having finished recording some tracks off the album in 2017, Ten Tonnes said the album finally being released feels ‘wicked! It’s been a long time coming’ so ‘to finally have people listening to it is great, it’s the dream’.
By Emma Sherry