Interview: TEN TONNES on his debut album, TEN TONNES.

TEN TONNES – aka Ethan Barnett – is a 22-year-old musician from Hertford who possesses a breezy, seemingly effortless ability to fashion snap-crackle lyrics and earworm melodies. It’s a trait that’s very much in evidence throughout his self-titled debut album which will be released on May 3rd . It was recorded with producers Hugo White (previously of The Maccabees) and Dan Grech (Wolf Alice, The Killers, Liam Gallagher).

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2018 saw TEN TONNES complete a busy year of touring which he concluded by hitting the UK and Europe as guest to George Ezra. He also played packed arenas with Stereophonics, instigated chaotic scenes with Rat Boy and won over crowds when touring with Tom Grennan. After completing a sold-out headline tour at the beginning of the year, he’ll be hitting the road again in May.

TEN TONNES first gained attention in 2016 with an independently released three-track debut EP, before releasing ‘Born To Lose’ EP and a succession of singles under a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Get TEN TONNES debut album here: - we caught up with him to find out more…

Firstly, we love Better than Me! Can you tell us a bit about when and where it was written?

I wrote it last summer at some point with a friend of mine called Nick. It came about really naturally and easily which isn’t always the case with songwriting. That particular day we just got lucky though! Once we started it was written in half an hour or so.


How representative is it of your debut album?

Yeah that’s definitely the vibe of the record! There’s a few more rocky and few poppier one’s too but it all works together. Big choruses all the way!

 The album has finally dropped, how do you feel about it being out?

I’m super buzzing to get it out, I’ve been working on this for a while now and been dreaming about having an album out since I was about 13 so it feels super surreal.


You’re being championed by Virgin, Radio X and Radio 2 as well – to us it feels like you’re about to ride the huge wave of success, how do you feel about how things are going?

I mean fingers crossed! I’m just trying to enjoy it and do as well as I can on the things in my control, a lot of it is out of my control though. I’ve got confidence in the record I’ve made though so I think that’s the main thing.


A lot of existing and an army of new fans are going to want to see you live, how are you feeling about your forthcoming tour?

I’m absolutely buzzing, I want it to be happening now! I’ve got no patience when it comes to playing live, I want to do it all the time. The shows are gunna be massive!


Reading and Leeds are a pretty big deal aren’t they? What are you most looking forward to about that? How will you be celebrating your birthday there?

Yeah and my fourth year back in a row which is mental! Reading was my first festival when I was 15 as well so it holds a special place for me. I’ve got gigs all that weekend so probably fairly tame on the day but once the weekends out the way I’ll be heading straight to the pub haha.


Kendall Calling is a great festival too isn’t it? Are you able to tell us any other festival gigs you’re doing and which you’re most excited for?

Yeah really excited for that, I’ve not played before but heard great things. Ermm there’s so many now haha! Truck festival is meant to be great too. They’re all gunna be wicked.

Ten Tonnes debut album of the same name is out now.