Rod Thomas grew up in Neath where he passed the time learning how to play as many different instruments as he could. Moving to London he started busking at Liverpool Street tube station and playing solo shows under his own name with an acoustic guitar and keyboard.
In 2009 he flew to LA to work with the producer Boom Bip where he found his 90s disco pop sound, releasing his Love Part II EP the next year under the name Bright Light Bright Light and gone were the days of being mistaken for the Matchbox Twenty singer.
Rod released his debut album Make Me Believe in Hope in 2012 which caught the ear of Sir Elton John. Rod and Elton became friends and Bright Light Bright Light supported Elton on world tour playing over 50 dates together.
His second album Life is Easy followed in 2014 and last year he released the brilliant Cinematography which not only features a the vocals of Elton, but also all members of the Scissor Sisters and Alan Cumming.
Rod now lives in New York but still comes back the UK for shows every now and again. We caught up with him on one such trip a few months back to discuss one of his many passions – cult movies with strong female leads.
Warning – if you’re about to watch Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Mannequin or Alien Resurrection, this chat does contain a few spoilers.