- Jonathan Selby: Vocals
- Sheldon Thomas: Keyboards
- Craig Else: Guitars
- Johan Griesel: Bass (not on The Perfect Gift)
- Danny de Wet: Drums (later joined Wonderboom)
Musicians on 'The Perfect Gift':
- Chris Bekker: Bass Guitar
- George Spencer: Congas
- Mike Faure: Saxophone
- Ralph Martin: Chants
- Lesley Rae Dowling: Female Voice
Petit Cheval is French for Little Horse.
Where are they now?
SA Rock Digest Issue #7, 11th March 1999
FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH
In issue number 5, Nick asked "where is Petit Cheval?"
Well, here is Jonathan Selby's reply written especially for theSA Rock Digest...
I left for overseas in 1987 having become disillusioned with the "bigfish in small pond" syndrome and a rather vacuous existence of sex,drugs and not much rock n roll. Yes, I did the "existential overseas"thing, and then came back in '88 and studied Psychology. I qualifiedwith honours at UCT in the Cape (where I am now based) but decided I didnot have the coping mechanisms required to be the object of peoplesnegative projections from 9 to 5. I then went on to study a PostGraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and also did a sub-majorin Information Systems. I guess I had a yearning to gain knowledge anddiscover the truth! I joined Qdata as a consultant & then went fulltime into my own projects. One is a Graphic Design & Advertising Agency"The Graphic Shop" and the other is a software development company"Timelog".
I have not forsaken my musical talent however. I have a fully digitisedstudio setup at my home and look to complete an album this year, beforethe power fades in 2000! I have done some theme music for video and radio jingles (mostly on the regional Cape radio stations) for some ofour clients and used the experience to master my digital studio. I am married now with a little 6 month old daughter. She is mycurrent muse.
The music I am busy composing for the album reflects the changes in mylife as well as the new peace presiding over me. It is of a more (orless...) contemporary rock format but will, I trust, be challenging andenjoyable to the listener. I released an album through Gallo some yearsago (while I was at varsity, 93 or 94 I think) under the name "Big OnArrival" (BOA). It also features some female vocals by a talentedsinger from the Cape, Jennifer Jones. It is a very eclectic bunch ofsongs and reflects a rather unfocused stage in my life. However, it wasnever marketed and I never had the time to promote it due to my studiesat the time. I think there are some gems on the album but I had alimited budget (what else is new) and never had the opportunity toproduce the jewel I was looking for.
I will keep Brian informed about the album and I am happy to answer anyfurther questions and/or make contact with other subscribers should theybe interested. Thanks for the inquiry and look out for the Selby soloproject!
PS: I do not know what the other band members are presently doing butwhen last I heard Craig (lead guitar) returned to the states to form hisown band; Sheldon (keys) toured the states and is now back in SA with adesign studio; Johan (bass) is one of the country's top sound engineers;and Danny has formed his own band (not sure of the name?) and untilawhile ago co-owned a nightclub in Jo'burg called "Wings".
-- Jonathan Selby, March 1999
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