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WHAT WAS THE CARDIFF SCENE LIKE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?
“Cardiff was an amazing city to grow up in.the music scene has always been lively – and not just the rock scene.there has always been a great variety of music in the venues of Cardiff, from homegrown talent to the best touring bands. I remember seeing bands like Bullet For My Valentine, My Chemical Romance and Slipknot at The Motorpoint Arena, which was called The CIA at the time, and thinking that’s what I wanted to do – be on that big stage and playing for a massive crowd.”
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT THE LOCAL SCENE NOW?
“The quality of bands is outstanding for such a small area – it keeps you on your toes. It’s not a big secret that there’s a lot of friendly rivalries between bands, and I think that’s what keeps the quality so high and is a good thing. It was a big blow to the scene when bands like The Blackout and Kids In Glass Houses decided to call it a day, as they really drove the scene forward. They were hard working bands just like ourselves, and to see them go was disheartening.things are really picking up again, and we really want to push the scene forward and show the younger bands coming through that anything is possible.”
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES FROM PLAYING IN CARDIFF – WHAT ARE THE KEY VENUES?
“There’s so many great venues in Cardiff, such as The Motorpoint Arena and The Great Hall at Cardiff University where you can catch some of the biggest bands on the planet, but it’s at Clwb Ifor Bach and The Globe where you’ll catch the best up-and-coming bands to break through. Clwb Ifor Bach is where we cut our teeth in the early days, supporting many bands coming through on tours. Personally, my favourite show we have played in Cardiff was last year when we announced a special Christmas show in a really cool, intimate venue called The Moon Club. It sold out straight away, and it got real sweaty in there – you could barely move!”
ARE THERE ANY KEY FIGURES IN THE COMMUNITY WHO CAN HELP MAKE-OR-BREAK BANDS?
“There are plenty of key figures who can help you out, such as Bethan Elfyn from BBC Wales, who can open many doors for your band, and Morgan Richards from Cardiff Radio, who is a long time supporter of up and coming talent. There are plenty of great promoters such as Dave Driscoll and Dean Whittaker who put on loads of great shows and often put on great local support bands.”
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BANDS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THIS TOWN?
“Just get out there and make it happen.there’s so many music lovers in Cardiff, and you just need to make them listen in whatever way you can. Get your stuff together and get out on the streets and bars with flyers and demos – talk to people and let them know you exist. It’s pretty old-school, but it still works. Hound promoters for support slots with touring bands, as there’s plenty coming through and you can learn a lot from these shows and pick up fans pretty quickly.”