Saturday, 29 July 2023
«I can't drink away frustration,» says Shem Thomas with a laugh. This is how the self-contained and at the same time present musician explains the reason why he pulled the ripcord at the age of 30. He felt less and less comfortable in the «foreign» roles, which finally broke out. «I quit my flat, bought an old VW bus and went into the forest,» says the now 43-year-old Swiss. For some who doubt their own role, Shem Thoma can be their silent hero. With his music, he wants to inspire, reach people, show a different perspective. Nevertheless, he does not see himself as a guru; he likes to integrate opposites as a whole. Five years ago he moved to the countryside, half a kilometre from the forest. He appreciates the possibility of being able to go out into nature for a few moments at any time.