Sunday Spotlight – Panic State

Introduce us to your band!

Thomas III (Tom) Horton (Vocals, bass) is an antique art dealer who sails across the world writing songs and vibing with paintings, Scott Dunleavy (guitar) shaved his head during lockdown and is growing it back out and

Daniel (Daniel) Tweddle (Drums) is a retired motocross champion.

How did you guys start out?

Scott and Daniel started playing instruments to get out of a school project. The two of them got really into it and started writing music together. After a few years we found Tom and we just clicked!

Describe your band’s sound

Energetic, catchy and fun!

What influences your craft?

We have quite a few music influences, but I think our main influence and drive comes from our love for writing and gigging. If we could do this full time for 10, 20 or even 30 years it would be a dream come true!

What makes your project different?

I don’t think we’re trying to be different, we just love making music and we love to have fun with that

When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential


Turn Around! – if you’re not humming the chorus by the end of that song then you’ll probably hate everything we stand for.

What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?

Losing weight

What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?

Scott: Supporting the Hoosiers at the O2 Academy Islington was insane, it was definitely our biggest gig,

playing in a filled 1000 capacity venue and alongside a really well known artist, especially one that had a song on FIFA, was an incredible experience – thankfully we played really well!

Tom: when our music first got played on BBC radio, that was a really special moment. To hear a song we’d

written get aired to the public by such an iconic institution of music was awesome, and really felt like a major

milestone in our development as a band.

Daniel: Getting our new song, Turn Around, to 16,000 streams on Spotify was a huge moment. Pretty much

everything else we had didn’t get near to half of that, so when it broke through the 10k barrier it was

massive, but the momentum continued and to get our song played 16,000 times by people from all around

the globe is really special.

How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?

I think if this year has told us anything, it’s that life can’t be planned! We’re writing some music and have some

projects with a few brands we’re working on so let’s see. As long as we can get in one gig by the end of the year that’ll be a highlight for us.

When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?

We just hope that once we retire, someone, somewhere will think of us, let out a sigh and say “they were alright you know”.

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