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|Birth name||Andrew Derek Cocup|
|Also known as||Caia, Journey Man DJ, Big C, System The, Seventh Sense|
|Born||June 7, 1969|
|Origin||Barnsley, Yorkshire, England|
|Instruments||Keyboards, sampler, trombone, piano, bass|
|Associated acts||Groove Armada, Caia, Weekend Players, System The, Seventh Sense|
Andy Cato is an English musician, producer and DJ who is currently one half of the electronic dance band, Groove Armada, the other half being Tom Findlay. He was also involved with Rachel Foster in Weekend Players, another electronic dance group, between 2001 and 2004. His stage name of Cato originated when he lived on Cato Road in Clapham.
Cato was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, an independent school for boys in Wakefield, followed by the University of Oxford (Merton College), where he studied history. At school he was a prolific musician, frequently performing and leading on school shows such the Carol concert or as a pianist at school assembly. He often wrote his own songs e.g. "Christmas means to me - presents round the tree", from an early age.
After the University of Oxford, he moved to London, where he began acting as a disc jockey at nightlcubs such as Fabric (club) where he started in the upstairs bar, and composing music. He set up the label Skinny Malinky, where produced records under various aliases included Big C, Mother's Pride, Vadis, Beat Foundation, Fatback Boogaloo and Qattara (with Alex Whitcombe). He formed the hugely successful Groove Armada after he met Tom Findlay in 1994 in Cambridge, through a common friend who was his girlfriend (and now his wife), Jo, whom he met at Oxford. In London they had a dance night called Captain Sensual at the Helm of the Groove Armada.
In 2003 they started the Lovebox Festival, named after the club night they started in London venue 93 Feet East in 2002.
Activism and Politics
He is well known as a voice on environmental concerns, sustainability and agribusiness. In 2011, he also established a new band, Days of May, with musicians he met where he now resides in France. Cato sings lead vocals and the band focuses partly on protest music relating to economic depression. In the same year he became the first musician to compose a ringtone for a specific charity, WaveLength Charity, which gives TVs and radios to isolated and vulnerable people in the UK.