|Birth name||Andrew Derek Cocup|
|Also known as||Caia, Journey Man DJ, Big C, System The, Seventh Sense|
|Born||1973 (age 39–40)|
|Origin||Barnsley, Yorkshire, England|
|Instruments||Trombone, piano, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Groove Armada, Caia, Weekend Players, System The, Seventh Sense|
Andy Cato is 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.
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 eg. "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 nightclubs and composing music. He set up the label Skinny Malinky. 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.
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, which 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.