PRESENTED BY LAYLA ANNA-LEE
I'm a singer/songwriter who grew up between two villages in the South Wales valleys with not much else to do but learn how to play a number of instruments and start to write my own songs. I set up my own label Self Raising Records in 2006 and put out my first 7" 'Good Coat' which had lots of nice things said about it.
Since then I've put out two other songs as limited releases - 'You Get Goodbyes' which got lots of radio play (thanks to everyone who supported) and 'Your Love Is A Tease' whose video features all my toys from childhood, some ace people have remixed my songs which you can hear at myspace.com/rodthomasremixed, and I've been spending my time going around the place playing gigs and busking on the London underground. (If you see me, please smile).
I've been lucky enough to play with some of my favourite artists including Noah & The Whale, James Yuill, Kathryn Williams, Bass Clef, Wallis Bird and Peter & The Wolf as well as playing at great festivals like Glastonbury, Latitude, Camp Bestival, Summer Sundae, Green Man and Innocent Village Fete.
I've also been very humbled to have my records played by Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens, Bethan Elfyn, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Rob Da Bank, Nick Luscombe and Gideon Coe amongst others.
I play live with a guitar, a loop pedal, a synth, percussion and handclaps, and make music often described as folk disco to make people dance, smile, laugh and occasionally think a little bit.
Tune in again tomorrow!