Exclusive Interview with : thom.ko

What inspired this release?

Before anything was written, the beat was made with my talented friends Ben and Rory. Drums first, the sample chopping in the beginning and then the chords for the outro. I wrote this song to remind myself of the importance of removing yourself from the center of the world and meditating on the things you can learn from the observation of others.

What’s something you always wanted to write a song about but never did?

I wish I could write a song that is a raw look into my life, unfiltered, every detail included. I hope one day I can do this but haven’t been able to complete one where it feels like it is worth sharing with the world, but working towards a more authentic art I can get there.

Any funny anecdotes from the time you were recording or writing this?

I remember playing the demo for a few people thinking I would add another verse, and another
chorus, but after sitting with it for a while it just kept feeling complete the way it was.

What’s your favorite thing to do besides music?

I love to talk to my friends, read, play soccer, and hike.

What’s a record or artist that shaped your creativity?

In Rainbows by Radiohead was a record early on in life that allowed me to see the possibilities
of building worlds with your music. Stadium Arcadium also did that for me.

Who is an artist or band you look up to today?

I look up to so many great artists currently, but one that comes to mind right now is Cyberbully
Mom Club. There is an eeriness and tenderness to their music that I love.

What excites you the most about what you do?

The thing that excites me the most about my project and art in general is that there are no limits
to what you can achieve and create. Throw everything you have at the wall, see what sticks.
Pick up the things that didn’t stick and throw them at the wall again. There are no rules, chase
what excites you.


thom.ko, the artistic project of Thomas Crowley, manifests itself in self-reflection, introspection, and a love for the obscure. Thom began diving into music creation in high school making beats on his phone during lunch. “There was never a specific moment I knew my future was going to be absorbed by making music, making music just slowly became an essential outlet for me, it became a part of who I am without me really even being aware,” he shares. “I’m glad it did though. Every landmark, milestone, memory is tied through it. I sacrificed personal relationships and experiences to keep pushing what seemed to be a revolving door at times. But looking back, I don’t know what else could’ve truly fulfilled that need to express myself in the way music did. ” After moving to L.A from the Pacific Northwest and surrounding himself with like minded creatives, he knew it was meant to be.