ARTIST OF THE MONTH - FROMAGE EN FEU
We had to get to know Fromage en Feu’s Thom a bit better after using a couple of their upbeat Gypsy jazz tracks for our videos. Good thing Thom Thomas-Watkins (aka Jimi “Caerphilly) was up for putting down his guitar and sharing his love of faux cheese…
Where do you live now and what do you ‘do’?
Bristol & Exeter - Guitarist and general sonic structuring.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing the use of my hands.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Brian Blessed - for his extraordinary passion and his pursuit and support for nature and animals.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I first joined Fromage en Feu 5 years ago, we had to make up a cheese name for ourselves relating to our country or county of origin. I’ve got welsh roots so choose the not so famous cheese “Saval”, I also admire Jimi Hendrix. So ended up with Jimi Saval! Had to quickly change that one last year!
What would your super power be?
To freeze time. Mainly to fight crime but also to fit in more guitar practise.
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The Wooly Mammoth - I’d love to see a massive shaggy elephant roaming around secluded spots of the UK.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Ha! You should probably ask my girlfriend that. Leaving banana skins in the van door pocket isn’t a good one of mine.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Hopefully the band still has it’s greatest achievements yet to come but for now I think getting a packed Cheltenham jazz Festival audience to get up off their seats dancing was pretty special.
How would you like to be remembered?
I’ve heard writing you own obituary is a good way to see where your at in your life. Really I want my music to do all the talking after I’ve departed but to be remembered as a cheeky and considerate craftsman would make me rest in pieces
What album are you listening to now?
Renaud Garcia-Fons - Méditerranées
Where have you just come back from?
What would you most like to find in your welcome hamper?
Ingredients for a White Russian.
What’s your best piece of travel advice?
Always pack a peg or 3. Had a few “Bear Grylls moments”away with those in my bag.
Which is your favourite city and why?
Bristol - Has everything I love about a city; music, culture, history, memories and being able to escape to the country in minutes.
If you’re ready for a little dance, watch and listen to Fromage en Feu in full swing here
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