NEW YORK – Don’t look for Draco Malfoy to be singing for his supper.
Now that the Harry Potter cycle is completed with “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” and actor Tom Felton is ready to put aside his magic wand and look to his future, rumors are rife that the now 23-year-old is looking to follow a career in music.
Not so, Felton said emphatically at a press conference during the movie’s premiere-week festivities staged by Warner Bros.
“I definitely don’t want to turn making music into some sort of career,” said Felton, who has made such a strong impression in the role of Malfoy, the blond, snide, bullyboy rival of Harry. “I think it would suck the life and passion out of it if I do that.”
Always an enthusiastic musician, Felton started singing in his church choir at age 7 and later declined an offer to join the prestigious Guildford Cathedral Choir. Between acting jobs, he’s always dabbled in singing and recording and helped found Six String Productions, a recording company devoted to signing young musical artists overlooked by the major recording industry.
With five of his own music videos generating heavy traffic on YouTube and with four songs he wrote and performed available on iTunes (“Right Place, Right Time,” “Time Well Spent,” “Silhouettes in Sunset” and “Under Stars”), Felton seems perfectly placed to launch a music career.
In fact, one British newspaper recently reported that Felton was actively involved in London’s “grime rap scene” and had even secured a recording deal with an independent label.
While Felton allows that he loves hip-hop music and counts rapper Eminem as one of his musical inspirations (along with acoustic artists such as Jack Johnson, John Mayer and Jason Mraz), he has no intention of turning his cap backward and becoming a rapper – or even a professional singer-songwriter.
“It’s a hobby,” he said of his music. “It’s been something I do to kill time, especially when I’m waiting for scenes to be set up and things like that. And I want to keep it that way really. It’s something that I’m really passionate about, and I hope to be able to help other young musicians somewhere along the line. But for me personally, no. Fingers crossed, I hope to continue with the acting.”
- Dennis King