Dance music duo piri & Tommy chat about making music together, dream collabs and their ideal night out soundtrack.
The couple that makes music together, stays together. That’s certainly the case with piri & Tommy, a dynamic duo whose musical career took flight after they bubbled up during lockdown.
The Gen Z couple’s easy rapport with one another has lent itself to an extremely fruitful creative partnership, founded in their joint love of rave-ready music and nostalgic taste. TikTok has taken to the duo’s fun and intimate vibes, and how they make music that comes out of a real admiration for one another. Take their debut single “Soft Spot”, where their keen eye for how the rapid pace of modern social media life can supercharge the crazy emotions of a new crush made it a global hit with over 10 million Spotify streams and counting.
piri & Tommy are keeping the momentum up, having recently released the escapist tune “beachin” alongside an announcement of their debut headline tour across the UK, with spots at The Great Escape and London’s XOYO this spring. Big names across the pop music world are queuing up to name themselves fans, and it’s clear it’s just the beginning for the pair.
With all that success coming, we checked in with piri & Tommy to chat about their rapid rise to fame, their famous fans and the joy of working together.
Your single “Soft Spot” has been a massive hit – reaching #1 on TikTok, smashing 10 million streams and landing a record deal with EMI. Did you anticipate the song’s success at all or was it a massive shock when it did so well?
The song received love from Charli XCX, Rebecca Black and PinkPantheress. If you had to choose – which of the three would you collab with?
What would that collab sound like?
What do you love most about working together?
Your latest track “Beachin” is a sugary-sweet slice of escapism, inspired by a real-life trip to the beach. Do you take a lot of inspiration from your day-to-day life?
If you could imagine your dream music video for “Beachin”, what would it look like?
Tommy: Dream music video for “beachin” would be us recreating the crab rave video but all the crabs are frogs and there is us in the middle mixing on 20 cdjs.
You’ve got a run of headline shows in April and then you’re playing The Great Escape in May. What can people expect from a Piri & Tommy show?
What is your ideal soundtrack to a night out?
Tommy: Best soundtrack on night out has to start with Kaytranada’s Boiler Room followed by Ed Solo B2B Deekline at Sector 6 from Boomtown 2017 finishing with anything by SpongeBob Square Wave.
There’s already so much you have achieved early on, but what are you manifesting for 2022?
Where do you see your sound going in the future?
Lastly, what advice would you give for artists starting out and looking to make a hit song?