Gary Thomas

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. ( 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 ( 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.
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