Artist name: FJØRDS
Release name: SULWYN
Release date: Out Now
1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
An old school friend fired up my love of music, we used to skip school and he’d play songs he’d written on his old tape player. Wasn’t long before I was inspired to start learning guitar. -Sonny
Listening to cassettes in the car when i was a kid. Even though my mum’s taste in music was pretty awful. I think that’s why i started buying my own, so I didn’t have to listen to bad music anymore. – Hannah
I don’t think there was a specific event or point in time where It just happened for me, It developed over a time of just enjoying and becoming involved with music.
If it was anything though it would have to be listening to music and themes from my favourite movies and games and how it purveyed emotion with what was on the screen. Thanks to John williams I picked up the trumpet and the rest is history…. – Gareth
It’s always been there really, listening to (crap) tapes and CDs as a kid, starting guitar lessons in primary school, growing up with MTV2 & Kerrang and the like. I was in and out of bands in school but around 15/16 I got in to one that stuck around for a couple of years and got a taste for all of it, the writing, recording and playing live. My band in school was definitely my favourite thing about those years, I knew I always wanted music to feature in my life. -Alex
2. What are your main ambitions in the industry?
Wow it would be great to tour an album one day wouldn’t it? – Sonny
I’d love to play some big festivals and work with some great producers. – Hannah
To be able to live on something you love doing and to share your music and creativity with others- Gareth
An album would be great, maybe some festivals. Main ambition is just to make everything I/we do the absolute best it can be. -Alex
3. When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I started when still at school but most of our recent songs are based on band jams. I normally just have to come up with a melody and lyrics on top. Al’s getting good at that as well. – Sonny
Probably when I got my first drum kit. I formed a band with some friends from school when i was 15yrs. – Hannah
I think I wrote my first song when I was 16, a shockingly obvious rip off of my favourite song at the time! – Gareth
In school. Some friends and I made lots of synchronised noises and somehow managed to sculpt them into songs. When I went to university I started doing some solo efforts too, which was a whole new kind of fun. -Alex
4. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Well personally I was in NME a few years ago but more recently hearing our last single Polymath used by the Scottish Widow campaign was just so exciting! – Sonny
Playing at Acapela Studio recently….an amazing venue and recording at Monnow Valley last year. – Hannah
Playing with other artists and bands you love or admire is great, supporting Niki and the Dove was definitely a highlight! – Gareth
Recording in some pretty awesome studios. Faster Studios, and particularly Monnow Valley. A number of my favourite albums ever were recorded there. Kind of felt like recording on hallowed ground. -Alex
5. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Bowie and Jack White for my part. – Sonny
The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Tears for Fears, Wild Beasts, RATM, Local Natives, Beck…too many to list. I listen to loads of styles of music – Hannah
80s New Wave bands like Japan and New order are definitely a big influence for me, also music from the Krautrock movement in the late 60’s and 70’s- Gareth
I like to think I’m influenced from a really wide range. I’m massively into post-rock though, and math-rock, noise-rock, trip-hop, chillout, ambient, hip-hop, electro-swing, house….. -Alex
6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
It was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios, Monmouthshire. Such an historic studio. It was a defining point for us. – Hannah
Lyrically it’s packed with my own baggage, I didn’t realise until after we’d recorded the song….it’s not always easy for me to listen back to, basically I realised I am Sulwyn. Sonny
7. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Right Hand, Left Hand – Sonny
We’re No Heroes – Hannah
Houdini Dax- went to school with these guys, a great live act currently tearing things up at the moment! – Gareth
I’m going to shamelessly plug my other band, Love Bazaar. That’s my drumming outlet! -Alex
8. Any gigs coming up?
We have a other shows/festivals potentially floating around but we will be predominantly work on new material until the new year. Check out our website for shows! – Gareth
9. Where can we find/follow you online?
The usuals places, Facebook, twitter, soundcloud, youtube…. We also have a website….