Tom Goss immerses us in love and lust with his latest track Amsterdam
Main image photo credit: Mark Nickels
Tom Goss has delivered new music, with the release of his latest track – Amsterdam.
Tom explains that he wrote this song four years ago while in Holland, when he had a transformative sexual experience. “It started in the shower. We were kissing and holding each other tightly, with water pouring down over us. I had this overwhelming feeling of peace and acceptance of who I am, like I was being baptised in a whole new way.”
The actor that joins Tom in the bath for the music video is George Epremian – Tom cast him after connecting with him on a dating app.
Nerdy Bear is a summer bop that celebrates big boys that enjoy super heroes, play video games and wear cute glasses and geek t-shirts.
“We’ve all seen the movies where the nerdy girl is hot, but she doesn’t know it…” says Tom. “She has to take off her glasses and let down her hair for the world to recognise her beauty. I say hell no to all that. The nerdy bear is already as cute as can be!”
“It would be hard to pinpoint what I love most about nerdy bears…” continues Tom. “From my experience, they tend to be gentle and warm. They want to have a good time, they’re easy to get to know and of course, they’re cuddly. To me, that’s a winning combination.”
The video for Nerdy Bear was directed by Michael Serrato. It was shot in NYC, primarily on the Chelsea Piers and at Rockbar NYC. Jason Villegas plays the Nerdy Bear in the video – the object of Tom’s desire.
“When I saw Jason’s pictures, I knew he was the one…” explains Tom. “I can’t tell you how much joy I got from editing his face for dozens of hours. His smile is perfection!”
Nerdy Bear is an upbeat departure from Tom’s recent releases, which have been more moody and introspective. It’s a deliberate move from Tom, responding to the challenges we’ve all been navigating this year.
“Given the hot mess that is 2020, I feel like I have a responsibility to create music that brings people together and helps them to see the world in a positive light.”
Directed by Nathaniel Siri and featuring Daniel Franzese, the video for Regretting completes the narrative trilogy that Goss has been exploring with his recent releases Berlin, and Quebec.
Round In All the Right Places.
We caught up with Tom Goss for a behind-the-scenes look at his track, Round In All The Right Places.
Body image is something that a lot of guys struggle with. Is this a track that will speak to anyone, regardless of what size they are?
I believe so. There is some really specific language in this video, but I believe it also to be universal. I spent a lot of time talking to my friends when I was writing the song. I got a real sense for what people hate about their body. I was surprised by how much insecurity we all — including myself — carry every day. I worked hard to channel what I learned into the lyrics and music.
You’ve written that this is a track that you’ve been trying to write for a while but have been struggling to make it work. What do you think was causing your creative block?
I don’t think it was a creative block as much as it was trying to find the right tone. I wanted the song to be fun, sexy, and sultry, but not comedic, corny, or sleazy. That’s not always easy. Sometimes it just takes time to discover what, and how you want to say something.
Do you identify as a bear?
I don’t self-identify as a bear but I’m definitely getting cubbier as I get older. Over the years, folks have dubbed me pocket cub, salmon, and honey badger. I’m not sure I identify as any of those, but whatever animal I am, I’m definitely a part of the bear community.
Who are some of your music heroes or inspirations?
Initially it was folks like Dave Matthews, David Gray, Jack Johnson, Ben Folds, and Ben Harper. I’d never have picked up the guitar if their music hadn’t spoken to me.
These days it varies. I love Bruno Mars, AWOLNATION, M83, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, and Pharrell. But, I’m usually even more inspired by folks I have, or do, work with – Ian Carmichael, Liz DeRoche, Matt Alber, and Namoli Brennet. I can see their process and be inspired up close and personal. I feel honoured to be in such a vibrant and talented community.
What was the creative process for the video?
I’m sick of our current image of beauty. Everywhere we look we see thin and fit people shot, styled, and lit perfectly. You see this is in television, movies, and advertisements — everywhere we turn. Occasionally we see round men in these roles, but they’re inevitably styled to look sloppy, and shot to accentuate a less idealised, and less beautiful, person. They don’t highlight their innate and real beauty.
I really wanted to use the same techniques that the film, TV, and beauty industry use, and apply them to round men. The result speaks for itself. These men, and these shots, are undeniably beautiful. Round men are undeniably beautiful.
What was the casting process for the guys featured in the video?
Honestly, I mostly used Instagram. I put out a post, asked a few friends to do the same, and waited to see what happened. I got an overwhelming response. The more folks I talked to, the more excited I became. The video was coming to life in my head.
Beyond shapes and sizes, I really wanted to represent a diversity of ethnicities. As we sub-divide our community – bears, twinks, jocks – I often see racial subdivisions take shape as well. If we’re not careful, we end up marginalising those within our own community. I’m always conscious of that, and try to be sensitive to it. Beauty transcends all of our societal constructs.
Luckily I’m in LA, a melting pot of beautiful people. I wish that I’d been able to use everyone that submitted. I had an overwhelming amount of riches.
What do you want people to feel when listening to Round in All the Right Places?
I want people to feel happy. I want people to feel beautiful. I want people to feel empowered. I want people to feel loved. I want people to feel like they can do, and accomplish, anything they dream.