Rising: Tor Miller
While walking her dog through a quiet street in Notting Hill, Julie definitely wasn't expecting the impromptu performance she got, when she stopped and wondered why cameras were following a young man, dressed in black.
We caught up with singer- songwriter Tor Miller during his recent stay in London and decided to take a stroll through Notting Hill, talking album writing, best and worst moments on stage and an inability to write happy songs.
He grew up on a farm in New Jersey, before moving to New York City in his early teenage years. The prep for his career started even earlier than that, with his parents encouraging him to perform in their living room for friends and family at almost toddler age.
Once living in the city, he began touring cafes and bars, playing on every piano he could find. He also saw a lot on and off-stage, not all good.
Drawing musical influences from the likes of Jeff Buckley and Otis Redding, he unintentionally became part of a movement within the business, that sees young singers go back to basics, vocals, pianos and great writing: Sam Smith, Hozier, James Bay, just to name a few.
Tor divides his time between writing in London and living in New York, and he quickly realised that 'it's easier to write about New York from a distance'; the city is often the main focus in most of his songs.
Opportunities to see the NYC export live in the UK are far and few in between, with only a couple coming up over the summer. He will be playing Brighton's Great Escape Festival mid May, and London welcomes him back on May 27th at Birthdays.