Artist name: Clockwork Radio
Release name: No Man Is An Island – debut album
Release date: 8th September 2014
1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
Rich – I kind of grew up around music from my dad playing in a band for a Welsh folk singer Dafydd Iwan, so it’s always been around. From an early aged I’d go along to shows and hang around in the studio and get to experience that whole thing.
2. What are your main ambitions in the industry?
For all of us we’d like to travel to as many places as possible and play music in as many countries as we can. I think our goal is to be able to sustain the band purely with the music and touring, the best part about it is meeting people and seeing new places.
3. When did you start writing your own songs/music?
Rich – For me it was quite late on actually from about 15/16 onwards when I got my first laptop and some recording software, I had a friend from another band who showed me how to get started with it all and just never stopped since.
I found it amazing that you could do everything in your bedroom, admittedly listening back the quality was pretty terrible at the start, but then after a couple of years I made a song that got played on Radio 1 about 2 days after I uploaded it onto the internet.
It’s incredible that a song made in a house in rural Wales could get picked up so quickly and broadcast across the country.
4. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Definitely all the touring we’ve done, it really has changed how we play music and how we write and made us a better band. Without it we wouldn’t have been able to go into the studio and record an album in 2/3 days.
5. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Currently we’re really into Jack White, Tame Impala, St Vincent, Gymnast, Kristian Harting and Jackson 5. We listen to a lot of the band and musicians who give us their CDs on tour too which is pretty special as we’d of never got to hear that music without touring and getting out to europe.
6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
It’s quite rare these days that you get to hear a band playing their instruments live, usually everything is layered and everyone is trying to achieve some kind of perfection, where with the album we went the opposite way and just tried to have an honest and raw record.
7. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Currently in Manchester we’re into Gymnast, Everything Everything and Edwin Miles.
8. Any gigs coming up?
Yeah we have a tour starting in September that’s mainly in the UK and some EU dates then throughout the year we’ll be touring as much as possible hopefully getting to some new places along the way.
We’re currently planning our album launch party in Manchester too. All the dates are up on the website.
9. Where can we find/follow you online?
Our website has pretty much everything on it and a free music download over at http://www.clockworkradio.co.uk
Facebook = http://www.facebook.com/clockworkradio
Twitter = http://www.twitter.com/clockworkradio