Thomas Timothy Vernon-Kell
(born 10 May 1981, London
) is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist musician
who works under the name Tom Vek.
He signed to the small label Tummy Touch Records
in 2001, having spent the previous eight years writing
in his parents' garage.
Vek's debut album We Have Sound
was recorded whilst he completed a graphic design
degree. The album was finished in mid-2004 but was not released until 2005 when Island Records
licensed it through Go! Beat Records
. The record was subsequently licensed through Universal Records
to Startime International
for a North American
Vek made a guest appearance on the television programme
, The OC
, where he performed a gig
at 'The Bait Shop' venue; the third season episode 'The Road Warrior' featured his track "I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes". He also contributed to the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack
, with "One Horse Race" which was the B-side
to his single
, "Nothing but Green Lights".
On 11 April 2011, it was announced that Vek would release his second album, Leisure Seizure
, in 2011 after a six year absence from the music industry. The first single off the album, entitled "A Chore", had its Radio 1 debut on Zane Lowe
's show on April 18.