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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.”

On the out­side: a shop­ping mall. On the in­side: a killer venue… The venue that keeps giv­ing bach to Cardiff

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