Tom Barman

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Tom Barman
Tom Barman
Tom Barman
Background information
Born (1972-01-01) 1 January 1972 (age 50)
GenresExperimental rock, indie rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, film director
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1989–present

Thomas Andrew Barman[1][2] (born 1 January 1972), is a Belgian musician and film director.

Barman studied at the film school of St.-Lucas in Brussels, but did not finish his studies because he wished to pursue a career in music.

In 1989, he began by forming the rock band, dEUS,[3] in Antwerp. Although he had chosen music over his interest in film, his experience aided him in directing his own music videos for dEUS, and he made a short film in 1996 titled Turnpike. He also directed videos for other Belgian musicians including Axelle Red and Hooverphonic among others.

He is of Norwegian descent from his father's side.[4]

In the summer of 2002 shooting started in Antwerp for his first feature film Any Way the Wind Blows[5] which was released in Belgian cinemas in the summer of 2003. Live, an album in collaboration with pianist Guy Van Nueten, was released in November 2003.[6][7] In February 2004, Barman released The Body Gave You Everything, the debut album by Magnus, his dance-oriented project with techno producer CJ Bolland.

Barman has explored the other side of the camera as well.[clarification needed] He agreed to a "leading role" allowing directors, Manu Riche and Renaat Lambeet to film a documentary derived by Barman's everyday life, entitled Tempo of a Restless Soul. After showing at the Ghent Film Festival one reviewer from Flanders Today ranked the film with a split score. He feels the film should receive three of five stars for fans only, and two stars for others. dEUS fans already familiar with Barman, he pointed out, may be interested in the backstage, personal nature of the man due to the everyday "fly on the wall" view of the film. However, he cautioned, it might be confusing to find the semi-retiring rock frontman behind scenes.[8]

Barman is again playing with dEUS. In 2006, Barman was one of the driving forces behind the 0110 concerts.

Barman was involved in polemics in Belgium, when after expressing strong opposition towards male sexual harassment on Belgian national TV, a Dutch woman referred to meeting him some 15 years ago, where Barman insisted her to give him a blowjob in order to have access to a toilet.[9] Barman excused himself for this.


  1. ^ "Tom Barman ID card". 25 August 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2013. Other internet sources state his middle name as 'Johannes'.
  2. ^ Guinevere Claeys (29 January 2011). "Kinderen van de tweede adem". De Standaard (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Smart Rock". St. Petersburg Times. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Tom Barman". Archived from the original on 19 February 2013.
  5. ^ Tracie Cooper (2012). "Any Way the Wind Blows". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Recensie: Barman, Tom & Nueten, Guy Van - Live (album)". OOR (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Tom Barman & Guy Van Nueten - Live". Ultratop (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  8. ^ Verbiest, Christophe (24 March 2010). "Soul searching Tom Barman goes under the microscope for this intimate biopic". Flanders Today (Review). Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Tom Barman in het oog van de storm na #metoo-uitspraken: "Opperseksist vermomt zich als moraalridder"".