Getting To Know… PMC founder Peter Thomas

This week, PMC founder and chairman, Peter Thomas, takes the hot seat for our Getting To Know interview…

How did you get into the industry?
When I was a child, my grandfather gave me a wind-up record player and a pile of 78rpm discs. That sparked my interest in audio –  I just wanted to learn how it all worked and how it reproduced music. Which other industry could offer that?

What was your first job?
My first job was as a BBC engineer at Broadcasting House. I had incredible training there and eventually looked after the technical facilities at Maida Vale studios, the home of BBC music recording and the Radiophonic Workshop. An immensely talented group of people to learn from.

What does your working day look like?
At present I’m attempting to put together a museum collection of audio equipment, which hopefully we will be able to exhibit at PMC. Worryingly, I’m old enough to have actually used most of it!

What is your favourite thing about the pro audio industry?
I like the diversity of the technologies used and the continuing changes in the requirements of the industry.

And your least favourite thing?
Anyone who claims to have golden ears.

What is the achievement/project you are most proud of?
Designing speakers that help engineers to capture performances in a quality that will sound great in the years to come.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Collecting vinyl and 78s and, inevitably, listening to music. Preferably with a glass or two of red wine…