Dallas’ Next Big Wave is Powered by Positivity: So-So Topic, or -topic, for short.
-topic, born Tommy Simpson, is a spoken word artist/self-taught producer out of Dallas, TX. As the leading man of a small collective entitled TeamFromNowhere (a team of creatives ranging from singers & poets to multimedia content creators), -topic has shared his story in multiple academic settings, among them TEDxSMU (in conjunction with Daverse Lounge), the Dallas Museum of Art with U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Haas, and presented performances alongside todays’ innovators of creative culture, such as Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, and Thundercat.
With the most recent release of his home-produced and nationally praised “Be Good & Do Well” LP, the talented up-and-comer continues the effort to carve a dynamic lane for himself on the path towards meriting his own unique audience. In 2011, he released his first self-produced album, “Finally Confident”, independently. The following year, -topic released his “Songs About P___y(S.A.P)” EP, which featured the TeamFromNowhere collective aiding in what music appreciators nationwide consider to be the ” Perfect Valentines’ Day Soundtrack, whether single, paired, or in an ‘It’s complicated’, whatever that means.” With the 2013 release of the 5-song “Time to Feed the Birds: Stories of Dead Kings” EP, -topic gained the ears of both Erykah Badu and Lupe Fiasco, with Erykah Badu paying $100 for the $5 EP. ”My heroes were all starting to listen. The people I looked up to now knew I had something to say.” A serendipitous run-in with world-renowned broadcast journalist Larry King during the Sundance Film Festival sealed -topics’ fate, as King himself professed: “-topic, you’ve dealt me the most enlightening experience I’ve ever encountered here at the Festival. Keep going.”
Fast forward to the present day, -topic is a nationally recognized Red Bull Sound Select artist, and has begun work on his third studio album, aptly titled “These Things Will Happen”. Now partnering citywide with Dallas’ premiere instrumentalists and vocal performers alike, -topic finds his unconventional yet familiar sound ranked among critically acclaimed artists such as Leon Bridges, Polyphonic Spree, T.D.E., Big K.R.I.T., and Hiatus Kaiyote.
-topic paints vivid scenarios of ideas, dreams, and memories over his own original production — all while harnessing a style that touches an array of subjects structured to garner nods from even the most timid first time listeners. “I’m inspired by pretty much everything,” -topic exclaims, “I touched down in a boundless generation, and I’m just honored to be a part of it all!” [-topic’s full discography is available now at topic.bandcamp.com.]
Photo Credit: Photo by Smn Phx of 13th Village