Meet The Gathering Group’s Tallest Teammate: Thomas Dawson

Q. Where are you from?
Originally I am from a town just north of London, England called Welwyn Garden City. I moved to Bronxville, NY when I was 8 and had been there until very recently.

Q. Who is your favorite musical artist/group?
I’m not sure I can narrow it down to just one; I listen to almost anything and everything. I’ll give a shout out to Ty Segall because I have been listening to his album Manipulator non-stop recently. He pumps out an album a year and loves to touch upon and blend multiple genres.

Q. Who (or what) inspires you?
People. Whether it be the creativity of a song, a movie, or any art form for that matter, or stories of courage and selflessness, people can be immensely inspiring across all aspects of life.

Q. What drew you to The Gathering Group?
An easy answer would be my love for music. However the opportunity to help build events that people will genuinely care about is very exciting to me; as well as the young, creative, and ambitious work environment.

Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I’d have to say Southeast Asia, Vietnam and Thailand especially. I have wanted to go there for a while now because it is supposed to be such an extraordinarily beautiful region.

Q. What’s your favorite place to see a show (doesn’t have to be in Chicago)?
I generally like smaller venues such as Metro in Chicago or the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. There is something very alluring about the intimacy of venues that size.

Q. What are 3 of your favorite things?
Candlelight wings, listening to Film Scores, and soccer.

Q. What is your favorite album of all time?
Probably Weezer’s The Blue Album. I used to listen to it all the time when I was younger and it is one of many albums that I could listen to at anytime.

Q. What song can you listen to on repeat without getting sick of it?
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up extended version. No question.

Q. What has been your most memorable moment to-date with The Gathering Group?
I have only been here for a couple of weeks, but my first day here was a real buzz around the office. Everyone was returning to work after holiday break, but they all seemed excited to be back in the office and keen to press on with work, especially since we have Snowstorm coming up in March.

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
I used to do quite a bit of singing, but now it is mostly confined to the shower.

Q. Anything else we should know?
Being 6’6”, I have to duck a lot, but I can sometimes screw in a lightbulb without a step ladder…so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.