Long Beach Post has posted an incredible new piece on Tom featuring an interview on the band’s hiatus, his love for touring, a new app that he’s been working on and revealing work on a music side project.
Tom says that he never aspired to live in Hollywood and has loved living in Long Beach, California since 1997. “Now that I’m a parent, my life has changed because when I started out living in Long Beach in the ’90s, I was really happy I could walk to and home from the bars on Second Street… As I started having kids, I don’t go to bars anymore, so my life here revolves around my kids and being a dad. We enjoy the beach and the bay.” Tom finds his community family friendly and couldn’t see himself living anywhere else — including Orange County where he grew up.
On touring with No Doubt, he says that they still only have a few shows booked for the summer (including Napa, Las Vegas and New Orleans) and says that more dates could be on the way. He mentions how the band is still on a hiatus while Gwen releases her new album and is unsure about returning to The Voice for another future season. “I don’t know if she’s going to do The Voice next year, but she’s expressed a desire to do that because she really enjoys that, and I’m happy for her.” He says that doing festival shows now after having a family is easier on everyone. Tom says that he misses touring and can’t say for sure if the band will hit the road anytime soon. “I do miss touring, though. I hope we can do it again, but it’s so hard to predict the future. I just don’t know what’s going to happen next.”
He says that he misses being with the band and experiencing the world together but he’s come to expect it after embracing parenthood. “It’s just harder when you’re parents. Traveling becomes that much more expensive and challenging as a parent to have to work and be on the road at the same time. It’s just not the same as it used to be.”
During No Doubt’s downtime, he’s been focusing on his community and local politics. As fans may remember, Tom composed the music for Long Beach mayor candidate Robert Garcia’s campaign video bringing along a few of the band’s crew.
Tom reveals that he’s also been working on a new app with a local Long Beach group called VolleyPay, which he hopes to have out by late spring. The article describes the iPhone app as a way to “accept ApplePay, credit cards and digital payments with only your iPhone. No bank required.” He says that his team have been working on the prototype over the last couple of months and says it’s been really fun. “Being a musician is obviously very creative, and I feel like there’s so much going on in tech and software that it’s certainly an exciting world. I love all of that and putting my ideas into that world. Long Beach is very inspiring.”
He also spills the beans that he’s been working on a new side project of his own and is wanting it to be out by the end of the year. “It’s kind of like a side band thing that I’ve been working on and recording a lot, and it involves other musicians who are kind of well-known.” Sounds exciting! Tom doesn’t share much more about it saying it’s in the “secret stages” right now.
Photo courtesy of Tom Dumont.