Thomas Leer —
“The past response has been rubbish. It’s down to the radio play that I wasn’t getting. Plus the all round bad reviews of the last single (‘HeartBeat’). So the press are not entirely 100% supportive of me now. They probably were with ’International’, because that was a ‘worthy’ record with a ‘worthy’ lyric,” he explains in a delicate Scottish lilt.
“I didn’t sign to a major record company without realising that I would have to tone the music down a bit. But I wanted to anyway. I was fed up being a cult. It wasn’t satisfying; especially being the kinda cult I was. I never met anyone who was into what I was doing.”
How are you going to change that?
“Just by being more active, and having more things happening; rather than waiting a year to put out my next record! I want to work on what I call ’pure’ music —
And who’ll buy it?
“People who like symphony music, I suppose.”
Are there a lot of them then?
“Yeah, there must be. If there aren’t then I’ll have a damn good try at indoctrinating them! I want to be well known. I’m just doing it because I happen to rate commercial music, and I’ve got a record company that want me to be successful, and are pushing me. I’m going to go along with that because I don’t see anything wrong with being successful. If I was left to my own devices I probably wouldn’t be doing this.”
So if it was your choice…