Brighton in Spring. Pac-a-mac families huddle together on the seafront, defiantly eating their chips and ignoring the bluster of a typical seaside downpour. Tom Gandey, aka cagedbaby, takes a long sip of his pint, settles into one of the warm nooks of the Fortune of War and gazes out of the window, smiling. "I've travelled to lots of amazing countries over the last few years," he laughs. "Amazing hot countries, but I still love it here. I'm Brighton born and bred." The son of wholesome hippies, Gandey was raised amidst boats and pianos. His two brothers now run their father's fishmonger business, but Tom decide to follow more in the footsteps of the distaff side."All my mum's family are classical musicians and my grandfather was a conductor of the Royal Philharmonic," he smiles. "When I was young I thought I might combine both of the family passions and become a rockstar yachtsman. You know, like Simon le Bon." And he's far from given up on this dream. "I've got this vision of me in five years time re-living the scene at the end of Trading Places," he grins.Growing up Tom soon learnt to love the buzz of performing to an audience. By the age of eight he was already playing the piano better than any of his school teachers and would entertain his classmates by jamming classical hymns. He also began to write his own material: "I'd sit at my piano and play for hours," he recalls. "I'd be writing little chord progressions and maybe come up with some lyrics and sing them." But as the hairy-palmed grasp of adolescence began to take hold, assembly recitals were swapped for stints in local bands and Tom's creativity took a decidedly, erm, experimental turn: "Everything I do is very influenced by films," he explains, pausing only to polish off the remnants of his second pint. "Classics like The Goonies and Cocoon. I started to experiment by taking the audio from one film and laying it over a muted version of another. It was like phonic art. At one point I had Texas Chainsaw Massacre going with Song of The South " it was pretty fucked up." Production came naturally with the skills he already possessed and with friends like Ashley Slater and Cut la Roc on hand to help out, Tom's sound began to take shape. "I used to mess about making love songs, playing piano and singing Elton to over-amorous grannies at Freemason Dinner Dances," he laughs, sweeping his techno-hippy locks out of his eyes. "But I realised I needed to do something more rock 'n' roll." And so the cagedbaby persona began to evolve. Think acid-house superhero meets New Romantic. Influenced by everything from Talking Heads to Toto it's music that pops out of the speaker with a martini in its hand. But why the name? "You want the idealistic version or the truth?" he smiles. "Either it's something to do with being linked to the earth, chained to Mother Nature by an unseen umbilical chord. Or I chose it because my releases would end up being next to the Chemical Brothers in the racks at HMV. Either way if you type it into Google you get lots of weird pictures of little kids behind bars."

Cagedbaby's big break came after a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Miami Winter Music Conference in 2002. DJ Magazine were looking for an unsigned artist to follow around and stumbled across Tom in his most natural habitat - a party. Stunned by the quality of his demo, they covered him in a two-page feature. Simultaneously he was throwing out promos to the producers he respected and couldn't look past Southern Fried when deciding which labels to approach. "I liked their reputation," he chuckles. "They're such a bunch of reprobates. I managed to talk my way into their exclusive party at the Nash Hotel and got my demo to everybody who counted." Needless to say the label snapped him up on the spot and released his first track ‘Star' as a double AA with ‘Berlin' on the reverse. Since then he's gone on to remix artists as diverse as Ocean Colour Scene, Armand Van Helden and Har Mar Superstar, who was recently spotted standing on a table in a crowded London bar, doing groin thrusts and repeatedly shouting "cagedbaby is a fucking genius."

Now, after over a year in the studio, Tom is finally set to release his debut album cagedbaby 'will see you now' on Southern Fried Records. You might well think we were being a bit bold, if we started comparing it to the Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads, Raspberry Beret-era Prince, the Beloved and INXS, but one listen to first single ‘16 Lovers' or ‘Hello There' and you'll soon see it's not just pr bollocks.

"I'm really pleased with the way the album came about," admits Tom, modestly. "Listening to it for the first time as a piece of work rather than just a collection of tracks in my head is a real pleasure."

And it's not just his productions that are causing a bit of a rumpus: Tom's eclectic DJ mix of everything from odd-ball leftfield to pornstar-electro has wowed both punters and Portuguese trannies alike. "I was playing in Lisbon for a label tour," he laughs loudly, cutting the tobacco-thick silence of his sea-side local. "Afterwards we ended up running into the ocean fully clothed. The next thing I remember it's 9am the next morning and I'm lying in a kid's paddling pool, sandwiched between a couple of what can only be described as ‘dubious' ladies."

Now with the backing of a full band and Tom performing both keyboards and vocals, the cagedbaby live show is also set to go on the road, with a series of national dates already in the pipeline. Alongside nights including Bugged Out and The Boutique, you can also expect to catch the baby at the likes of Glastonbury, Creamfields and Sonar. "I've been writing new tracks especially for the live band, and I've also been gee-ing up the set so we can blow places away, robocop style. Come on Fuji Rock Festival!"

Meanwhile, outside the Fortune of War the rain continues to pebble-dash the Brighton pavements and a table creaking with empty glasses signals it's time for Tom to head off to his studio - but there's still one question left to be answered.

Are Tom Gandey and cagedbaby one and the same?

"Tom is confused." he says, pulling up his hood and opening the pub's door to the gale outside. "cagedbaby knows exactly what he wants to do.

"He wants to do something different."

Brighton in Spring. Pac-a-mac families huddle together on the seafront, defiantly eating their chips and ignoring the bluster of a typical seaside downpour. Tom Gandey, aka cagedbaby, takes a long sip of his pint, settles into one of the warm nooks of the Fortune of War and gazes out of the window, smiling. "I've travelled to lots of amazing countries over the last few years," he laughs. "Amazing hot countries, but I still love it here. I'm Brighton born and bred." The son of wholesome hippies, Gandey was raised amidst boats and pianos. His two brothers now run their father's fishmonger business, but Tom decide to follow more in the footsteps of the distaff side."All my mum's family are classical musicians and my grandfather was a conductor of the Royal Philharmonic," he smiles. "When I was young I thought I might combine both of the family passions and become a rockstar yachtsman. You know, like Simon le Bon." And he's far from given up on this dream. "I've got this vision of me in five years time re-living the scene at the end of Trading Places," he grins.Growing up Tom soon learnt to love the buzz of performing to an audience. By the age of eight he was already playing the piano better than any of his school teachers and would entertain his classmates by jamming classical hymns. He also began to write his own material: "I'd sit at my piano and play for hours," he recalls. "I'd be writing little chord progressions and maybe come up with some lyrics and sing them." But as the hairy-palmed grasp of adolescence began to take hold, assembly recitals were swapped for stints in local bands and Tom's creativity took a decidedly, erm, experimental turn: "Everything I do is very influenced by films," he explains, pausing only to polish off the remnants of his second pint. "Classics like The Goonies and Cocoon. I started to experiment by taking the audio from one film and laying it over a muted version of another. It was like phonic art. At one point I had Texas Chainsaw Massacre going with Song of The South " it was pretty fucked up." Production came naturally with the skills he already possessed and with friends like Ashley Slater and Cut la Roc on hand to help out, Tom's sound began to take shape. "I used to mess about making love songs, playing piano and singing Elton to over-amorous grannies at Freemason Dinner Dances," he laughs, sweeping his techno-hippy locks out of his eyes. "But I realised I needed to do something more rock 'n' roll." And so the cagedbaby persona began to evolve. Think acid-house superhero meets New Romantic. Influenced by everything from Talking Heads to Toto it's music that pops out of the speaker with a martini in its hand. But why the name? "You want the idealistic version or the truth?" he smiles. "Either it's something to do with being linked to the earth, chained to Mother Nature by an unseen umbilical chord. Or I chose it because my releases would end up being next to the Chemical Brothers in the racks at HMV. Either way if you type it into Google you get lots of weird pictures of little kids behind bars."

Cagedbaby's big break came after a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Miami Winter Music Conference in 2002. DJ Magazine were looking for an unsigned artist to follow around and stumbled across Tom in his most natural habitat - a party. Stunned by the quality of his demo, they covered him in a two-page feature. Simultaneously he was throwing out promos to the producers he respected and couldn't look past Southern Fried when deciding which labels to approach. "I liked their reputation," he chuckles. "They're such a bunch of reprobates. I managed to talk my way into their exclusive party at the Nash Hotel and got my demo to everybody who counted." Needless to say the label snapped him up on the spot and released his first track ‘Star' as a double AA with ‘Berlin' on the reverse. Since then he's gone on to remix artists as diverse as Ocean Colour Scene, Armand Van Helden and Har Mar Superstar, who was recently spotted standing on a table in a crowded London bar, doing groin thrusts and repeatedly shouting "cagedbaby is a fucking genius."

Now, after over a year in the studio, Tom is finally set to release his debut album cagedbaby 'will see you now' on Southern Fried Records. You might well think we were being a bit bold, if we started comparing it to the Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads, Raspberry Beret-era Prince, the Beloved and INXS, but one listen to first single ‘16 Lovers' or ‘Hello There' and you'll soon see it's not just pr bollocks.

"I'm really pleased with the way the album came about," admits Tom, modestly. "Listening to it for the first time as a piece of work rather than just a collection of tracks in my head is a real pleasure."

And it's not just his productions that are causing a bit of a rumpus: Tom's eclectic DJ mix of everything from odd-ball leftfield to pornstar-electro has wowed both punters and Portuguese trannies alike. "I was playing in Lisbon for a label tour," he laughs loudly, cutting the tobacco-thick silence of his sea-side local. "Afterwards we ended up running into the ocean fully clothed. The next thing I remember it's 9am the next morning and I'm lying in a kid's paddling pool, sandwiched between a couple of what can only be described as ‘dubious' ladies."

Now with the backing of a full band and Tom performing both keyboards and vocals, the cagedbaby live show is also set to go on the road, with a series of national dates already in the pipeline. Alongside nights including Bugged Out and The Boutique, you can also expect to catch the baby at the likes of Glastonbury, Creamfields and Sonar. "I've been writing new tracks especially for the live band, and I've also been gee-ing up the set so we can blow places away, robocop style. Come on Fuji Rock Festival!"

Meanwhile, outside the Fortune of War the rain continues to pebble-dash the Brighton pavements and a table creaking with empty glasses signals it's time for Tom to head off to his studio - but there's still one question left to be answered.