What’s it like being a member of the Bijoux Toots?
Rewarding, busy, social and fun
What is your favourite song to perform?
Currently it is Fishermans Blues but it changes frequently as there are many favourites, others include The Weight, Knockin, SOS and One Day Like This.
Which musicians are you inspired by?
The list will be different every day but some of the constant names would include; Nick Cave, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Elvis Presley, Nintin Sawhney, Stan Getz, Jose Feliciano, and Edwyn Collins. Bands would include Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, Black Grape, Stevie Wonder, Grinderman and many, many more…
What is your dream gig to play?
In a busy pub, festival or party – basically somewhere with an atmosphere, alcohol and an appreciative audience. All the better if it is close to home.
First album you bought?
Hunk Dory – Bowie
Favourite album cover?
This is a really difficult question as I feel so passionate about the packaging of album artwork and in particular Vinyl Artwork. My favourite artists responsible for some of the most iconic album artwork include Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon/Meddle/Animals, Led Zeppelin – Houses of The Holy/Prescence/The Song Remains The Same ) and Peter Blake (Beatles Sgt Peppers, Paul Weller – Stanley Road). A more contemporary example of cover artwork and packaging that I really enjoy are those of Nick Cave.