Artist of the month - Thomas Aplin
Our very first artist of the month is the lead singer in Bristol-based band Most Planes Land. Tom was kind enough to let us use his music in our videos, so in return we grilled him about his inspirations, his preferred super power and the time he brought a seagull home…
Where do you live now and what do you ‘do’?
Bristol, and divide my time between the writing and recording music and studying science from my bedroom.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, cojones the size of melons. Also, Wafa Sultan, same deal as AHA, very brave and eloquent folk. And of course Peter Tatchell who I was lucky enough to meet once, such an incredible man.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I once took a live seagull home to my (ex) girlfriend in order to placate her after a bluesy. Didn’t work, and the seagull got me on the neck pretty bad. Not my finest moment.
What would your super power be?
The ability to answer interview questions with unparalleled wit and charm.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Harold Lloyd, although he is slightly dead.
What are you reading now?
A couple of things, The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier and The Mahdi of Sudan by Fergus Nicoll. All about Africa right now. I always have theonion.com open on my laptop as well.
Off to Rio in November, doing some recording and gigs with an incredible guitar player Pepe Barcellos, can’t wait.
Ideal traveling companion?
I like the random folk you pick up on the way, I’ve made some friends for life that way, folk that I’ll never lose contact with.
Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?
I like to do as much as possible, so all three I guess, um, a vulture- like bum junkie.
What’s your best piece of travel advice?
Always follow your gut reaction, if something feels off, it normally is, for you at least. I like to eat the local food as a rule, remind my stomach how lucky it is…
We recommend checking out Tom in Most Planes Land, if only because we think he’s definitely demonstrated his super powers today…