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5 minutes with Sylva Faye from Cats Who Fish Collective

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When a collection of young and gifted individuals gather, they produce talent.  In this case, it’s Cats Who Fish Collective, a band made out of Sylva the flautist, James on the keyboard, Ben the drummer, Thom the trombone player and Glen the percussionist as well as the bassist Matej.

The six, who range from 21 to 26 years of age, are based in Leicester and create soulful  jazz instrumental pieces. The band produce music with only a  haughty flute, strong trombone, keyboard and percussionist, drums and even the banjo!

It hasn’t yet been a year they’ve been together, but the Cats, as their fans affectionately call them, are all over Hub TV, a place where noted musicians are proudly showcased. They create a buzz where ever they go as their music is infectious, with its soulful beat.

Sylva Faye, the lead flautist in the band, also a solo artisan in her own right, is the media controller of the group. Her music, with its eclectic songs embodying a folksy-pop feel, with a touch of personal, quirky lyrics, can be found on soundcloud. She explains ‘our band started by accident, through a few random jams with one another in a little studio in Leicester.’

When Sylva and her bassist’s band had disbanded due to differences in taste, they hooked up a few times at open mic events at the Hub. ‘We just started through a joint love of music, jamming and specifically jazz. It felt right because everyone included is very, very accomplished on their instruments and able to improvise fluidly without any problem; we gelled well.’


Sylva had begun by creating music at a very young age, achieving the heights of Grade 8 on her first instrument the piano, and the flute, at 16 years old. Her recent exposure was on BBC Beat: Introducing and then she gained further publicity on a local Leicester based radio station, Demon FM. She believes that anyone can become something with hard work.

‘I feel like jazz is way under-rated at the moment, not considered up to date or particularly cool, but actually at its roots it’s probably the coolest type of music and can be really exciting; it’s definitely not just for people of a certain age, which is how it’s seen. We’ve gained a little following in Leicester,supported bigger bands such as NFQ, and most of the people who come to our gigs are between 18 and 25, so I feel we’re succeeding in that respect, people seem to enjoy what we’re doing. In terms of a future, we’re a casual group not looking for stardom in particular, just very much enjoying creating and recording music.’

Cats Who Fish Collective are gathering momentum check out one of their recent Hub TV sessions in the video above and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.


2 Responses to 5 minutes with Sylva Faye from Cats Who Fish Collective

  1. onefiftyone films 29th July 2012 at 18:19

    We are the video production company who make HubTV. Just wanted to say thank you for the mention in the article!
    Cats Who Fish are a great band and post video shoot we are now friends – we are hoping to film Sylva again, this time with a beatboxer and rapper.

  2. Daniel Smith 27th April 2013 at 18:22

    Looks like a talented bunch!


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