In January 1994, Dave Fellingham formed Purple Phatfish
in his hometown of Brighton. Dave had a vision for a Christian
band that would make their mark through outstanding song writing, vocals and musicianship and be respected by Christians
and non-Christians alike. He prayed for anointing from the outset, that the band would touch lives with the power and
presence of God.
The founder members were Dave’s two sons; Nathan & Luke Fellingham (drums & bass), Mike Blow (guitar), Adrian Watts
(percussion), Lou Hunt (vocals) who later married Nathan and became Lou Fellingham, Michael Sandeman (keyboards) and
Rachel Head (rapper).
Initially the band was a jazz/funk/rap outfit at a time when acid jazz was prominent in the UK and US charts. Keen to be ‘salt
& light’ in the secular scene, the band spent the first year performing their own material in local secular clubs. This quickly
gained them a loyal and diverse following. Most of the early songs were not overtly Christian in content, but they did address
contemporary issues from a Christian perspective.
At the end of 1994 Rachel Head rapped her last gig and moved on. The band decided to drop the Purple
and became simply
Phatfish. Over the next few years Phatfish began to build their reputation further afield, regularly headlining in top London
clubs and universities around the UK. They were in high demand with churches too, who booked them for major youth and
During this prolific and evolving period the band made several recordings that were eagerly snapped up by their rapidly
growing fan base. These have since been re-released and packaged under the title An Audience with God.