Interview: Trwbador

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Fabulous Welsh duo Trwbador tell 17 Seconds what makes them tick…

Please introduce yourselves

We’re Trwbador, a producing/songwriting duo from mid Wales.

How did the band come together?

We both lived in the same area, both moved to the city and started making music together then we both moved back from the city to rural Wales. We were both producers and songwriters wanting similar things.

Who are your influences?

Owain: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Marvin Gaye, Air, Wu-Tang, Broadcast, Kate Bush, Fugazi, Steve Reich and Jao Gilberto….That’ll do for now!

Angharad: Minimalism, Classic FM, Tumblr Images, Video Games and Chihuahuas.

What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you at a gig?

At one of our first gigs, there was a man on the floor making out with a plastic robot toy dinosaur.

Do you read your press? If not, why?

I do (Angharad) but Owain doesn’t, He doesn’t like reading about his work in case it affects things we are working on at that moment or in the future, however that aspect does not bother me as I need to be aware where we sit for our label work.

Do you think the word ‘indie’ still means something in 2013? If so, what?

Owain: I associate it with guitar music, but I guess it should mean music released ‘independently’. It’s the word ‘Unsigned’ that is harder to define nowadays, for instance; where do you draw the line? You see in festival competitions etc, and radio shows etc, for unsigned artists it’s usually the ones who can afford PR that get places.

Who would you most like to cover one of your songs, and which one?

Fugazi- Red Handkerchiefs

What are your favourite albums?

Stan Getz and João GilbertoGetz/Gilberto, Finest Ego Faces Vol.4, Steve Reich Music for 18 musicians, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Sleep/Holiday, James Yorkston Year of The Leopard, Kate Bush Never Forever

If you could work with one other musical act, alive or dead, who would it be?


What are your plans for the next twelve months?

To write and record the second album, find a few more people to work alongside, do another tour in August 2013, and release another ‘Owlet Music Compilation’.

Trwbador’s self-titled album has now been put back to April 29 (Owlet Music), but you can stream it below.

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