From Screamin' Jay Hawkins in the 50s to David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust in the 70s to Lady Gaga, rock-n-roll has always given us mythical characters and personas that help shape our view and how we listen to music. Former lawyer turned entrepreneur business owner turned singer-songwriter, The Tin Man has found his voice, his rock identity and is unleashing it to the world.
Growing up, The Tin Man (Marshall Seese) always dreamed of becoming a singer, but the practicality of life drew him to law school and later his own law practice. Still, he always had that burning feeling he was not made for the cutthroat business of law; so the Tin Man was born out of the need to satisfy that creative yearning that always plagued his life. Plus, the music business is a much safer bet, right?
On the heels of his successful 2016 EP, Too Many Lines, The Tin Man continues his journey and is back with more music. With over 60,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, AXS has the exclusive release of The Tin Man’s new single, “Can You Feel My Love.” This song jumps right out of your music library, with an uplifting proclamation of love and a catchy hook that will get stuck in your brain for a few days.
AXS: You went to law school to become a lawyer before you decided to chase your dream of becoming a singer. When was your turning point and you told yourself you couldn't live without giving singing a shot?
The Tin Man: I kind of tell people I'm living life backward (laughs). I had always grown up around music but never thought I could have a career playing music, so I went to law school. At one point I had my own law practice, I was engaged, had a great house in Atlanta, had a cat (laughs), everything that someone could want, but I was miserable. I knew I was not doing what I was supposed to be doing for the rest of my life; music was always calling me.
AXS: How did you come up with the concept of The Tin Man?
TM: I was still searching for who I was and what kind of music I wanted to write, so I decided to go to Spain and hike the Camino de Santiago to try and figure out what I wanted to do. I didn't get any answers (big laugh), but what I did get was the blueprint for how to live life in a more meaningful way. At the time I was writing pretty heartbreaking music, and I felt like I was on a quest for a new heart. It was then I had that "aha" moment that I realized I was The Tin Man (from the Wizard of Oz).
AXS: Who were you listening to and making mixed tapes as a kid that made you want to become a singer-songwriter?
TM: Growing up my parents did not have the record collection that a kid dreams of having (laughs). Still, there were great nuggets like the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel. I feel in love with the harmonies and melodies, something that was pop, but still artistic. Later on, I had a mad obsession for R.E.M. and had to have every one of their records. Probably the artist that I idolize the most and would love to write music like is Tom Petty. There’s a pop sensibility without sacrificing artistic integrity, and writing music that’s so simple, yet so powerful.
AXS: Your music has a real hopeful tone and theme to it. Describe your sound?
TM: Even though I have written songs that are pretty heartbreaking, hope is what keeps me going. I want that to be reflected in the music. Probably some of the signature sonic qualities that come across in my music would be my guitar playing and honest lyrics that people can relate to in their own lives.
AXS: Tell us about your new single, “Can You Feel My Love,” that is released exclusively on AXS.com today.
TM: Ironically, it’s the first upbeat Tin Man song (laughs). Ironically, it’s hypothetical. It’s an upbeat, kind of dancey, get your feet on the floor beat, but with my signature guitar qualities. It was written in a hopeful place of meeting that person of your dreams that changes your current situation, how that can change your view of life, and letting that person know the impact they have on your life now. I'm real proud of this one!
Check out the AXS-exclusive release of The Tin Man’s new single, “Can You Feel My Love,” below and catch him on the road this summer.