20 Nov 2014

Electronic Music Wales loves you and needs you this Christmas!

This Christmas I have decided to run with a re-launch of my blog EMW in line with a University project at USW where I am currently studying Creative Sound and Music. I will be conducting interviews with a few exciting projects happening in the music world and I will use the Christmas holidays to promote the relaunch through a Newsletter designed on Mailchimp. I will be gathering emails in the run up to the relaunch and using my social streams on Twitter, Facebook and Google + to reach a large audience. 

I believe that around Christmas more people will have free time to read about and listen to the featured artists and this will help EMW gain popularity within the music community. 
Alongside conducting the interviews I will take this opportunity to give the blog/website a makeover and I plan to have it ready by the time the newsletter is sent out. At the moment the blog is running on Googles Blogger platform at this URL (http://electronicmusicwales.blogspot.com). I would like to take this opportunity to create new collaborations and connections to keep the concept of EMW alive and kicking in to 2015. 

I will be featuring influential figureheads who have been doing amazing work within the different communities of electronic music including a Q+A with a Dub festival in North Wales, a charity project that is raising funds for Macmillan cancer through releasing electronic music, an artist who is deeply involved in the electronic music community in Cardiff and I am currently making more connections to have a nice spread of news to take in as we all munch on mince pies. 

My aim is to build up a strong community of like minded people with a dedication and love for making and listening to music. Wales has always been overshadowed by it’s larger cousins in England such as Bristol, London and Manchester and I believe it is vital for young musicians growing up in Wales not to be disheartened by where they are living but to feel empowered to continue creating, collaborating and sharing their projects with the world. 

I take inspiration from melting pots that have grown in to massive influencers within the music makers world such as Detroit, Bristol, LA and Berlin. All of these places have managed to become bastions of electronic music despite the struggles each have faced thanks to individuals and groups of passionate people.

Wales being predominantly rural with small pockets of towns connecting the dots can sometimes feel like a struggle to make anything happen but with the exciting times we live in both technologically and socially and with the amount of attention and influence electronic music and music has now, I believe it is possible to continue building a community that talks to each other, collaborates and continues to add new perspectives of making and enjoying music to the world.

EMW will continue to join the dots and will also become a platform to release new music to the community it builds. As with anything that works it involves more than one head to keep a project going and I am always looking for new ideas and people as passionate as I am to lend a helping hand. 

Please take a second to read the first EMW newsletter here - eepurl.com/8UWE9 
 and see where it is right now by reading a few of the posts. Please sign up to the newsletter and help by sharing with family and friends. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish you all a beautiful end to this crazy year.

If you have any criticism or would just like to show me you are out there get in touch:

Twitter: EMWBlog Facebook:ElectronicMusicWales Email: electronic.music.wales@gmail.com

13 Nov 2014

Update: Save The Parrot Campaign Hits Fundraiser Target.

The Save The Parrot campaign has hit their £10,000 target with just under a week to go. This is great news for live music and the Welsh music circuit. Looking forward to seeing what the West Wales Music Collective will do with the venue to make it better. Comedian Rhod Gilbert has already said he will pull some pints and I'm sure there are lots of exciting gig ideas coming up!

They're still fundraising and -

"We've just added two new perks to the crowdfunding campaign, the Beer Bundle and an exclusive limited signed print from Carmarthen artist and WWMC member Mared Lenny (Swci Delic)"

Here are a few to keep in mind -

The Drum and Bass collective who brought such legends as Calyx & Teebee and Ed Rush to West Wales hold a residency night on 28th November - https://www.facebook.com/events/320115551506779/?fref=ts

Fasta Benj/Sling Shot with DJs Vinyl Rich and Doobs 'The Wig Flipper'  29th November - https://www.facebook.com/events/379847908857425/?fref=ts

Save The Parrot! The States / Comma Dee / Culture Vultures / Spitting Feathers / Billy Phono & Cen / Duble Dutch & Boofy / Zubat / The Parrot  19th December - https://www.facebook.com/events/551743881636992/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

4 Nov 2014

Wales Live Music - Save The Parrot Campaign.

If you have been to any live music in West Wales in the last couple of years and follow Welsh music and UK music then there is a chance that you ended up at some point visiting 32 King Street, Carmarthen also known as the Parrot music bar. This small 150 capacity venue with a record store above it hosted some historical events over the last three years, introducing so many people to the vibrant music that travels through Wales. Some would argue that the Parrot even started to create vibrations itself and for me personally I could not agree more. Live music is an essential part of any community, it gels people together, introduces new experiences and allows for stressful days to be forgotten and replaced with loud noises. 

Whether it be blast drumming, electronica synth pop, spoken word or Welsh traditional folklore, the Parrot was and still can be a stage for West Wales week in week out. And so it is with great importance that the West Wales Music Collective have taken on the honourable task of raising enough funds to keep this most valuable stage open. They have already managed to raise an amazing £6099 of the £10,000 target required and with 18 days left it is vital that support is shown. 

If like me you would like to see more young musicians play their first ever live show alongside retired legends of music making extraordinary appearances in an intimate and exciting venue then please consider helping in anyway you can, the obvious way would be to donate but if money is not possible then please consider taking a few minutes to share this link around your social networks and give live music a fighting chance in West Wales. Here is a link to the campaign - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-parrot-and-make-it-even-better 

EMW have been asked to put on a benefit gig to raise more awareness and funds and if you are an artist, musician or music lover with ideas of what we could do to make the night that little bit more special please do get in touch - electronic.music.wales@gmail.com. Put 19th December in your diaries and lets spread the word! It seems that the word truly is the bird. 

The track playing in the video is Carmarthen's very own band 'Tree of Wolves'.

Nils Frahm - Hammers (Official Music Video)

Combining various keyboard instruments including a grand piano, an upright, what looks like a Juno and a Rhodes with electronics Nils Frahm is an inspirational musician for the electronic music world. Here is a video that is a great insight in to how much work goes in to setting up one of his live shows. The track Hammer is a good introduction to his more piano based work but I would recommend checking out some of his more electronic pieces on his albums 'Felt' and 'Spaces'.

Cardiff Drum and Bass producer Boston new releases this week from Symmetry plus Utopia music freshness.

This week sees two releases from two labels well established within the Drum and Bass sound. I am excited to present a fresh sound from Cardiff producer Boston who has released 'Go With Me feat. Solis' and 'The Little Things' on Symmetry records. Go with me is a roller, head down contemplation featuring a beautiful vocal from Solis. It's hopeful, uplifting and one for the floor. 'The Little Things' is a well designed breakbeat science affair, samples, pads and sub is the order of the day. Boston is one to watch.

Symmetry Recordings is proud to announce this debut release from new signing Boston. At just 20 years old Boston’s talent for music is evident in this tasteful and exciting single. Hailing from Cardiff, Boston has teamed up with the equally delicious skills of female singer / songwriter Solis for their haunting but uplifting A side track “Go With Me” 

Symmetry label boss Break teams up with Mako, Fields and Villem for one side of Utopia 16 whilst Chromatic takes over the B side. 'Shadowlines' is everything we've come to expect from this killer collaboration. Well adjusted heavyweight bass with clean breakbeats. Chromatic drops a floater, atmos guides us in to a low end kick drum and shaker break, there is optimism emanating throughout this musical journey. Just wait for the bass.

30 Oct 2014

New music video! Doc Daneeka - What's It Gonna Be? Feat. Seven Davis Jr

Loving this new video released today from House producer Doc Daneeka. Released on 10, 000 yen the track is titled 'What's it gonna be?'  and features vocalist Seven Davis Jr. It's a club hit! Check the retro tech in this video that also has a pitbull, a hot dancer, colourful patterns and bananas.  

Jake Morley 'Falter' released 3rd November plus live at Globe, Cardiff.

Released 3rd November


Jake Morley has been around for a while now getting support from all over including Radio 2 and BBC6 Music. His first single ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ is a playful and upbeat song about the everyday struggles we face. The addition of a choir gives the track a great community spirit and the video that accompanies the song is a brilliant and creative approach to bringing something new to a singer songwriter music video. Check it out here-

Jump forward a couple of years and we find a more fragile Jake Morley exploring emotions that not a lot of us are capable of putting in to words. In terms of songwriting ‘Falter’ is a very sophisticated exploration in to a man who seems to have lost his way a little, “I used to be headstrong, all I seem to do is falter”. Despite the fragility of the lyrics, the backbone of the track provides a groove and a string arrangement that seems to become the anchor that keeps the artist and listener on track. Despite the title it would be fair to say that Jake Morley’s current path is unfaltering. Check the video out here -

You can catch Jake Morley supporting Nizlopi at the Globe, Cardiff on 16th November. Other dates are below. Tickets available here.


·       11th November: Darmstadt, Germany (Supporting Yesterday Shop)
·       12th November: Marta Bar, Berne Switzerland (Headline)
·       13th November: Safari Bar, Zurich Switzerland (Headline)
·       16th November: The Globe, Cardiff (Supporting Nizlopi)
·       17th November: Phoenix Artist Club, London (showcase)
·       19th November: Joiners, Southampton (Headline)
·       20th November: Dingwalls, London (Supporting Nizlopi)
·       21st November: Duchess, York (Supporting Nizlopi)
·       22nd November: Hemelvaart, Yorkshire (Headline - sold out)
·       23rd November: Hemelvaart, Yorkshire (Headline)
·       3rd December: Slaughtered Lamb, London (Communion Presents)