■ The 24-year-old singer talks about making his own speaker and inventing a clone
What instruments do you use the most in the studio?
Guitars — I love a Yamaha. They’ve got a nice, bright sound. I also like Gibsons and I like using a grand piano because it sounds more real.
Are you fussy about headphones?
I lose a lot of headphones. I like the Bose wireless noise-cancelling headphones. I’ve also been using Marshall on-ear headphones recently, which have a nice bassy sound.
What do you listen to music on at home?
I listen to music in the car more. I’ve got a Range Rover Evoque and the sound system is unbelievable. It has surround sound but you can move it around. If I’m in the driver’s seat I can have all the sound on me. It’s an amazing car. You press a button and the handles pop out. When it’s locked there aren’t any handles, which looks nice. It’s got massaging seats from level one to level five — I’m a level five kind of guy. The seats are heated and it also does cold seats.
What gadgets come in handy at festivals?
I use the Bose SoundLink Mini portable speaker — that’s always useful and I love the sound quality. I heard Kasabian on the Peter Crouch podcast. They’ve made their own speaker and I want to do the same. I’d make my own massive sound system for when I’m on the road.
Are you a gamer?
On the tour bus I play Fifa on the PS4. I used to play Call Of Duty on the PlayStation all the time. I had an Xbox for a year but went back to PlayStation as I prefer the way the controller feels in your hand.
What retro tech should make a comeback?
Nintendo 64, definitely. I liked the games on it: Mario, Zelda, Spyro and there was one with a gorilla in a ball.
What tech are you excited about?
I’m excited Virgin will be taking people into space. If Richard Branson’s reading this he should give me a free flight. I’d give it a go.
If you could have a cybernetic attachment, where would it go?
I’d have a bionic arm. I could pick up heavy things and it would look good as an accessory. I’ve got metal plates in my jaw so I’m part robot already.
If you could invent any gadget, what would it do?
I’d invent a robot clone of me but I’d make it a better-looking version of me. If I was a bit tired I’d get it to do all the things I didn’t want to do.
■ Tom plays at Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, today until Sunday. tramlines.org.uk