An Interview with Tom Parker

Next week Danny, Sandy & the Class of ’55 come rockin’ into Edinburgh.

The Mumble managed to catch up with leading man, Tom Parker.

Hi Tom, so where ya from where ya at, geographically speaking?
I’m from Bolton & I’m currently on the Magaluf Strip. I’m just here for a few days because we’ve got a week off at the moment. Its just been nice to get away for a little bit.

When did you first realise you were musical?
I would say at a pretty young age to be honest with you. I used to go on karaoke quite a lot when I was a kid. Then I went to secondary school & it kinda fell off – I didn’t really do anything until I was 15 when I picked up a guitar again. Yes, it was probably at 15 when I realized I wanted to do music full time.

You rose to fame as part of the boyband, The Wanted – can you tell us about it in a nutshell?
Do you know what, it happened pretty quickly. It was a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. We auditioned for like 9 months & then 9 months after we were in it we had a number one single & then two months after that we had a top 5 album… I was like ‘how did this happen’ – it was really quickly. Then we did 5 years travelling all over the world, we had the best selling song of the year in America in 2013. It was absolute chaos but I absolutely loved it.

What does Tom Parker like to do when he’s not being musical?
I like to go out, have a drink with my mates, just do normal stuff. Have dinner with my fiance. I kinda keep thigs as normal as possible. I like normality.

Moving on from The Wanted, you got into DJing right, collaborating with Richard Rawson on a track called “Fireflies” : what was your role in that?
I was the vocalist on it. I knew Fazer quite well, we used to do quite a lot of gigs together, & he just got in contact with me & said listen I’d love you to come & do some vocals on my record – & I listened to the song & said mate, that song’s amazing – yeah, I went in & vocaled it & it was like the first thing I did on my own. I love that record, its such a good song

Why the step into musical theatre?
Well that happened pretty randomly, to be honest. My name got chucked in to the mix to  play one of the other roles in the show- & then they asked me to come back & audition for the lead part to play Danny – again, that literally happened within 2 or 3 weeks – they  called me back & said look, we’d like you to play the lead in the show – I said OK.

Have you had to do some training & if so where ?
Yeah – so I didn’t train when I was younger, but obviously for this role we had quite an intense period, it was 3 or 4 weeks of us getting instructions in choreography & all that, yes, we did have some initially, we had pretty much a crash course, but now I can do it in my sleep

How is it going with Danielle Hope playing Sandy, hows the chemistry?
Well she’s from Manchester as well, actually, so we share a common ground, we have quite the same sense of humour, or example, I really like Danielle, shes a total pro & I’ve learned a lot from her to be honest

You’ve been on tour for six months now & are just about to bring Grease to Edinburgh. Have you ever been to the city before?
I actually played the Playhouse with The Wanted back in 2010. I’m looking forward to coming back. I really love Edinburgh, it’s a beautiful city.

You can catch Tom Parker playing Danny in Grease

11th-16th September @ The Edinburgh Playhouse

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