Tom: Football FC | Artists in Lockdown

In this part of my ‘Artists in Lockdown’ series, I had a chat with Tom Simpkins from Bristol punk band, Football FC.

Football FC

You have taken part in a couple of online livestreams during lockdown. Why do you think that doing online things like that is important for the music scene?

It’s just a great way to stay connected with your fan base, it’s a double whammy really. We’re missing playing shows and the punters are missing coming along and watching bands. With these live streams, both parties get a little bit of what they want. Although it’s not quite the same as getting tinnitus in the Ruin basement, it’s better than bloody nothing.

How have you been keeping busy during lockdown?

Personally, I’ve taken the chance to crack on with some well-needed self preservation. Keeping fit and staying healthy was something I feel like I was either putting off or too busy to do before lockdown, so I’ve seized the chance. Obviously the music never stops too, I’ve been writing loads and learning about production, it’s been good.

How do you motivate yourself to be creative during lockdown? Where do you get your inspiration?

I always find times of hardship a good creative tool in a way. I can write about my struggles and the tough shit I’ve been going through, so it’s been oddly helpful for creativity. I tend to write from my emotions, and they’ve been all over the place.

What is the first thing you want to do when lockdown is lifted?

I want to see my loved ones and have a fucking massive pint.

Has the lockdown affected your mental health? How?

Yes very much so. I’m quite a mentally strong person and haven’t had too much hassle from my mental health in the past. But the lack of human connection really hurts, I’m very extroverted and it’s the people around me that keep me happy and stable. I feel there’s a huge hole in my life, but it’s starting to get filled up by love and friendship again, so I’m beginning to feel like the old me.

What advice would you give to someone that is finding it hard to be creative right now?

Drive to Durham, it’s fucking ace… nah I joke… My advice is just keep it going, and don’t be scared to try new things if you’re getting a bit bored or bogged down with something. I mean I’ve started skateboarding, it’s a fucking shit-show trust me, but it’s taken my mind off this bollocks. So yeah, just take the chance to try something fresh. Oh, and stay alert motherfuckers.

Huge thanks to Tom for taking the time to answer my questions!

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