Today is a great day to share the new single from independent artist, Homeschool, called “Bound To Be.” Homeschool is the solo project of NYC-based singer/songwriter and actor Tom D’Agustino. On this great-sounding single, Homeschool blends pop elements with thrilling anthemic moments in a crowd-pleasing track. Homeschool shared that this single, “Blends all these different genres like electronic music, salsa beats, and indie rock, to show me that my music can be more than one thing – that it can be unfixed and fluid.” I was also able to catch up with this artist for a brief interview below.
What motivates you as an artist?
I think my “hopes and dreams” had a lot to do with getting some sort of validation out of my music. Having the world listen to it and give me a pat on the back and money and tell me I did a good job and that I am a real artist. Obviously, it doesn’t quite work like that, at least it didn’t for me. Music to me now is a much more natural part of my life. I make music because I have to or because it is hard to imagine a world in which I wouldn’t. So in that sense, I am much freer to pursue music in whatever way and at whatever pace I choose. The goal now is to make music that I enjoy and music that is truthful about my experience and my understanding of the world around me.
Can you tell me a little bit about your background in music?
All of the time I spent in my former band Active Bird Community. It was a band I started in middle school with my best friends that ended up taking us around the world and into crazy studios and onto festival stages. But also all the little stuff. The fights, the beers, the figuring life out between cigarettes in a garbage van. It taught me about the connection to other people that a love of music creates. It also taught me about Feed The Beat…
How would you describe the direction you took with your latest music, as well as your influences?
This new direction is the result of a lot of experimentation. I wanted to blend different genres and sonic elements that sounded unique to me. My influences shine through pretty clearly I bet, but taking rock music and putting it in different clothes feels like a fun way to describe it. There are more surprises coming soon!