Current age: 26
Where are you currently situated on the planet: Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Last time we spoke with you, you were running around in Cape Town with a guitar…fill us in on what has happened since:
I’m pretty much doing the same thing... But a lot’s happened. I’ve been a solo artist since January 2009 and I’ve done more shows and tours in the last year than I’ve done in my whole life. I recorded a solo album when I moved to Cape Town and promoted it everywhere last year. I’m currently busy recording a new album which is the first solo work I’ve done in 4 years. That’s pretty exciting.
Your career has progressed, would you say that is went according to plan or you just went with the flow…was there any surprises on the way:
The music business is often about chance. The more work you do, the more opportunities come your way. I get invited to festivals more often or approached for single gigs or specific jobs. I do everything in my job because I don’t like having to be patient with other people on creative or administrative issues. And I’m very capable to handle all the aspects of the industry. I can go wherever I want, whenever. So my calendar is often a puzzle that I have to solve.
Since we last spoke to you has there been any major or career highlights which has happened:
I guess just certain shows in Cape Town, Joburg, Durban, East London, Grahamstown Festival, Knysna, Transkei. Just to keep building momentum and see the rewards every so often is great. (FirstStep.me say's: that's good stuff, keep it up!)
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time and what will you being doing during time to get there:
I’ll be recording an album in space, orbiting the Earth. It’s gonna be called “Songz from Space”. No I’m kidding. I don’t know, I hope having worked enough until then that my online music sales and packed shows are large enough to support my addiction to not having a real job and frequenting the beach. Good plan.
What’s the plan for 2010, are you going to rock the boat and have a big year:
I’m releasing my album at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June. Once that happens I’m going to push this record as far as I possibly can until I’m bored of it. I suspect I should get another Passport and think about traveling.
Okay as always serious questions take too much time…so let’s throw in some cool and chilled out ones:
How many countries have you travelled through in the last 5 years:
1,2, 0? I cant recall. Probably 2. I decided a few years ago that I needed to play all over South Africa for a while. To help me grow musically and help my audiences grow physically.
What is your favourite movie, website and book:
I’ll never be able to decide so I’ll just go with recent winners:
Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (FirstStep.me notes: Bunking High School has never been this cool, well spotted there lad!)
Book: Magician by Raymond E. Feist
If you could live on and have your very own planet what would you name it: Garynia
Do you have any role models past and present who inspire you:
What message do you have for the youth of the world:
Moderation is key, don’t be crap. Be nice to animals. Peace and Love. Buy my albums.
Check out the Gary Thomas website: http://www.garythomas.co.za