Thomas White (musician)

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Thomas White
Born (1984-04-30) 30 April 1984 (age 35)
Brighton, England
GenresClassical, pop, psychedelic, rock, folk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums, keyboard, violin, Clarinet
Years active2001–present
Labels DB Records
Truck Records
Better Looking Records
Rough Trade Records
Drift Records
Fat Cat Records
Cooking Vinyl
Bleeding Heart Recordings
Associated acts The Electric Soft Parade

Thomas White (born 30 April 1984) is a Brighton, England-based songwriter, singer, musician, producer and visual artist. Educated at Davigdor Infants, Somerhill Juniors and Hove Park schools, he began learning the piano at the age of 5, picking up the violin a year later and teaching himself guitar, drums and clarinet in his early teens. White formed his first band (Fixed Ascent, later The Feltro Media) at the age of 13, with his brother, Alex, and school-friend Alistair Gavan (later of Diomedes, Sparrow and Villareal). He signed his first record deal (with DB Records) whilst still 16 and studying for his GCSEs.

Brighton Seaside resort town on the south coast of England

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Along with his brother, Alex, he forms the nucleus of psych-pop band The Electric Soft Parade. To date, they have released four albums and a six-track EP. He also contributes vocals and guitar to cult Brighton super-group Brakes, and drums and bass to Restlesslist and Clowns respectively.

Alex White is a multi-instrumentalist who, along with brother Tom, forms the nucleus of Brighton band The Electric Soft Parade. Alex also plays drums in Brakes.

The Electric Soft Parade are an English psychedelic pop band from Brighton, comprising brothers Alex and Thomas White, the creative core of the band, as well as a number of other musicians with whom they record and perform live, most recently including Andrew Mitchell and Damo Waters, as well as long-standing bass/keyboard player, Matthew Twaites.

Brakes (band) indie rock band

Brakes are an English rock band, formed in 2003 in Brighton. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Eamon Hamilton, lead guitarist Thomas White, bassist Marc Beatty and drummer Alex White.

In 10 years of playing professionally, White has performed in over 20 countries across the globe, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Australia, Egypt, Canada, United States and Turkey.

Besides performing solo and in his own groups, White regularly appears as a session player for, among others, Patrick Wolf, British Sea Power, Levellers and Sparks.

Patrick Wolf English singer-songwriter

Patrick Wolf is an English singer-songwriter from South London. Wolf uses a wide variety of instruments in his music, most commonly the ukulele, piano, and viola. He is known for combining electronic sampling with classical instruments. Wolf's styles range from electronic pop to Baroque chamber music.

British Sea Power English rock group

British Sea Power (BSP) are an indie rock band based in Brighton, East Sussex, England, although three of the band members originally come from Kendal, Cumbria, England. The wide-ranging nature of their material has led critics to liken their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure and Joy Division to the Pixies and Arcade Fire. The band are famed for their live performances, the unusual lyrical content of their songs and the adventurous choice of locations for some of their shows.

Levellers (band) English folk rock band

Levellers are an English folk rock band formed in Brighton, England in 1988, consisting of Mark Chadwick, Jeremy Cunningham, Charlie Heather (drums), Jon Sevink (violin), Simon Friend, and Matt Savage (keyboards). Taking their name from the Levellers political movement, the band released their first EP in 1989 and LP in 1990, with international success following upon signing to China Records and the release of their second album Levelling the Land. Self-described as having "a left wing view of politics", they continue to record and tour.

"I Dream of Black"

June 2008 saw the release of his debut solo album, I Dream of Black . [1] Recorded entirely on cassette four-track, the album was considered extremely lo-fi by both fans and critics alike.[ citation needed ]

"The Maximalist"

A follow-up, 'The Maximalist' (Cooking Vinyl) arrived in March 2010. Whilst still played, recorded and mixed by White himself, the album features a markedly more complex, hi-fi sound, and a sleeve designed by the American artist, Keith Boadwee. [2] The album was released to generally positive reviews, with Uncut magazine awarding four stars, stating:

Cooking Vinyl music label in the UK

Cooking Vinyl is a UK independent record company, based in Acton, London. Founded in 1986 by former manager and booking agent Martin Goldschmidt and business partner Pete Lawrence. Goldschmidt remains the current owner and chairman while Rob Collins holds the position of managing director. The company focuses on artist service based deals where the artist retains ownership of their copyrights

<i>Uncut</i> (magazine) London-based music magazine

Uncut magazine, trademarked as UNCUT, is a monthly publication based in London. It is available across the English-speaking world, and focuses on music, but also includes film and books sections. A DVD magazine under the Uncut brand was published quarterly from 2005 to 2006.

"The Maximalist opens the dam of ostensibly conflicting styles and releases the deluge in all its' crazily self-confident, so-wrong-it's-right glory. White fuses elements of The Who, Chicago, My Bloody Valentine, Queens Of The Stone Age, Badalamenti and Badfinger, which is not just a feat of cut-and-paste engineering, but also proof of his verve, vivid imagination and fervent love of music."

Tour dates to support the album have varied from full-on rock shows with a five-piece band, intimate cabaret performances, often featuring a number of cover versions ("I'll See You in My Dreams" and "You Can Have Him (I Don't Want Him)", among others) to festival dates with an expanded 13-piece line-up, featuring a choir dressed in psychedelic robes.

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.


On 26 March 2011, White streamed his third solo album for free via YouTube. Entitled 'Yalla!" (Egyptian Arabic for 'let's go') the album was written and recorded over two weeks in the small town of Dahab, South Sinai. Featuring only acoustic guitar and vocal, the album details the limbo at the end of a long relationship compared to that of moving to a foreign country, making myriad references to the sea, shorelines, water, the sun, colours, the weather, travel and nature. All accompanying videos feature footage taken in Brighton, Dahab and Cairo. "Yalla!" was released physically in the UK and digitally worldwide by Bleeding Heart Recordings in March 2012. [3]

Selected discography (1997–2010)


Fixed Ascent
The Feltro Media
The Electric Soft Parade
Thomas White
Patrick Wolf
Milk And Biscuits


The Electric Soft Parade
Thomas White
Patrick Wolf

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