New Release & Video: Tom Williams – It’s Dark Now

Tom Williams has shared the new video for his current single It’s Dark Now, which received its premiere last week by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music

When he’s not recording and touring as a musician, Williams teaches guitar and songwriting at five schools in Kent, and he asked some of his pupils at Woodlands Primary School in Tonbridge to star in the clip for It’s Dark Now

“I’ve taught guitar and songwriting for 8 years,” says Williams. “Getting back from touring at 2/3 in the morning and up again for teaching at 6 can take it out of you, but teaching primary school children can be especially entertaining when they know you’re exhausted! I’ve wanted to combine my two worlds of teaching and making music for a long time, and the idea for the video came about as a natural extension of the new album’s title ‘What Did You Want To Be?’ and the whole notion of exploring your childhood aspirations.

I love how the video turned out, all filmed in a single day at Woodlands Primary School in Tonbridge. Each pupil had half an hour on camera and were played a variety of music while eating lots of sweets. Some students were rambunctious, some were quiet and thoughtful. Some danced and jumped and shouted and some quietly listened and chewed Haribo. It was such a great day and so rewarding to that combine that side of my life with the other. One 8 year old pupil said to me as he left, “I can’t believe I’m going to be on YouTube, it’s a dream come true!”

Take a watch below…

It’s Dark Now is the follow-up to lead single Early Morning Rain. Both singles are taken from Williams’ new album What Did You Want To Be?, which will be released March 29th. The album was produced by Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) and recorded at his studio in East Sussex

Tom recently launched the Tom Williams Podcast, the first two episodes in this regular series are available to listen to with more to follow. Says Tom, “I wanted to expand on the amazing cast of inspirational people who helped in the making of the new album, plus interviews and sessions with fantastic songwriters new and established”

Williams recently completed the first leg of an extensive UK headline tour. The second leg begins on April 6 at Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach and culminates at London’s Scala on May 16…

April 6 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
April 7 – Cambridge, Portland Arms
April 9 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
April 10 – Newcastle, Cluny
April 11 – Sheffield, Picture House Social
April 12 – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
April 13 – Oxford, Jericho Tavern
April 14 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 3
May 16 – London, Scala