Tommy Genesis Is Pop’s Loudest Siren

Tommy Genesis Is Pop’s Loudest Siren

The fiery music wonderkind distills pop into a darker, poetic form.

The fiery music wonderkind distills pop into a darker, poetic form.

Photography: Luke Gilford

Styling: Kyle Luu

Text: Devin Barrett

“Right now I feel like each song is its own world. I hope [the listener] takes away whatever feelings they already have­—I hope it makes them feel empowered and strong. When I listen to certain music, it helps me get through certain phases of my life. That’s all I would hope for.

I’m naturally confident, I’m just shy out of nature. It has a lot to do with my identity. It’s more that I’m reluctant. I think making music, making art, it’s good when you’re so vulnerable.

I personally love performing, but I’m still getting comfortable with my new songs and my new album. I’m kind of a perfectionist. But in live performances you don’t really have that control where you can decide how you’re going to feel. If you mess up, you have to keep going.

Anyone can make music. It’s not like [an exclusive] club. Anyone can put themselves out there. It’s more about your ideas and thoughts. I don’t want to be a part of something that’s not open. Music is something you can hear anywhere and anyone can hear, as opposed to certain forms of art that live in a gallery. The documentation of it in itself is the actual art. It’s the same as a photograph: you’re seeing the actual work. You can put a song out [into the world] and anyone can listen to it.”

TOMMY WEARS COAT MOSCHINO, EARRING JENNIFER FISHER, BELTS DIOR HOMME, BOOTS GUCCI
TOMMY WEARS JACKET TELFAR, EARRING JOHN HARDY, ON HAIR LIVING PROOF STYLE LAB BLOWOUT AND STYLE LAB CONTROL HAIRSPRAY, ON LIPS MARC JACOBS BEAUTY ENAMORED HI-SHINE LIP LACQUER IN FORBIDDEN FRUIT 334, ON BROWS ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW DEFINER IN TAUPE
Credits: Makeup  Ralph Sicilliano (The Wall Group) using mac cosmetics HAIR Ward (The Wall Group) Set Designer  Lauren Nikrooz (the magnet agency) Photo Assistants  Jason Acton, John Griffith Set Designer Assistant  Alvin Manalo Location  Pier 59 Studios NYC

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