During my time in Thailand I try to get to know as many different people as possible. It’s always interesting to say the least. This time however it’s far more. In order to show more of the talented people that call Bangkok (or Thailand) their home I added the music & arts section to my-thai.org. My first interview guest is someone who impressed me a lot and, without exaggerating, blew me out of my socks when checking all her different renditions on youtube. I can’t urge everyone enough to check the Flutado1 channel on youtube – I’m sure you’ll agree instantly that the diversity of songs and their individual renditions are awesome. So with no further ado I am more than happy to present: Fon aka Flutado.
1.) Who are you? What’s your name?
My name is Jeerapa Suwannachote. My friends called me “Fon”.
2.) Where are you from? Born and raised in BKK?
Yes, I was born and raised in BKK.
3.) What are you doing here? Besides music.
I’m a music teacher, teaching flute, violin, guitar and ukulele.
4.) What is your background? Studies?
I went to The college of dramatic arts, high school and got a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Faculty of Education at Chulalongkorn University.
5.) Why are you in BKK? Do you like it?
Because my family had been here before I was born. Yes, i like BKK because it’s convenient.
6.) What is the best thing about BKK? What is the worst?
The best things are lots of attractions, shopping centers, delicious restaurants, and convenient & connected transportation. The worst things might be traffic jams and pollution.
7.) Where would you want to live if not BKK? Why?
I used to think about moving to teach music in Chiang Mai because of its nice weather.
Alright. Now that we know a bit about you let’s get down to the questions that we want to know and you probably rather answer ;-) The music questions.
1.) When did you start with music? What was your first instrument? And how come you play sooooooo many of them?
I have been interested in music ever since I was so young. I tried to play guitar by myself when I was 12 years old. After that, when I was 13, I got a chance to join the music camp at Royal Thai Army School of Music. That introduced me to try and play several kinds of music instruments.
2.) How often do you practice?
I practice almost everyday when I’m free.
3.) What is your favorite instrument?
Flute, it matters to me because it has been my major music instrument since I was in high school and used it to take the exam to get into the University.
4.) When did you start to perform? Do you like performing?
I started to perform with the school music band and when I was in the University I performed in the Music event hosted by Music Education department every year.
5.) Where can we see you perform?
I don’t regularly perform at any place but I occasionally perform in music events which depend on timing.
6.) Who is your favorite musician? Your biggest influence?
A lot. I like anybody who has their own cool style. By the way, the first person who impressed me is the “King of Pop” Michel Jackson due to his performance. And now, I’m really very very duper crazy about “Girls Generation” ^^.
7.) You did a few collaborations on your channel – With whom would you want to collaborate once?
I don’t collaborate with anyone in special. Most of the time, either I or my friends asked each other to sing and play together just for fun. By the way my dream is to play guitar for Yuri, Girsl Generation to sing with me. lol ~
Final questions. Now that we talked about your background and your music. Let’s talk briefly about the future.
1.) What are your plans for the future?
I would like to have my own music school and have many students. Now, I’m doing something similar to that.
2.) What’s your biggest dream? In music as well as in general.
Like other musicians, I would like to have my own song and people can sing my song. Moreover, I wish my students would play the music instruments that I teach them for their whole life.
That marks the end of our interview. Fon, thank you very much for your time. It’s awesome to have you here on my-thai.org and I wish you all the best for the future and urge all readers to check out all Flutado channels in social media: