Horizons 2014 Spotlight: Interview with Bethan Elfyn – ‘The Welsh music scene has so much potential and just needs to think even bigger’

Published on Cardiff AfterDark (25 Feb 2015)

2014 saw the launch of a new innovative project Horizons, a music initiative launched by the partnership of BBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales to support and promote new, independent contemporary music in Wales, with the main aim of endorsing emerging Welsh music talent to wider audiences.

Following a lengthy process, 450 artists who applied for the scheme were eventually whittled down to 12 exciting acts – Baby Queens, Candelas, Casi Wyn, Chris Jones, Climbing Trees, Gabrielle Murphy, Houdini Dax, Kizzy Crawford, Plu, Seazoo, Swnami and The People The Poet. All acts have seen themselves elevated to new heights of attention and accolades since the project began almost a year ago.

BBC Radio Wales’ Bethan Elfyn, project manager for Horizons, spoke to AfterDark’s Dean Hodge to explain more about the initiative, her thoughts on the current Welsh music scene and the past year for Horizons, and what she hopes its legacy and future will be. Continue reading

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Horizons 2014 spotlight: Houdini Dax ‘Apple Tree’ single review – ‘The sound of a band at the apex of their musical artistry’

Published on Cardiff AfterDark (14 Feb 2015)

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Here come the Dax! Back with a colossal new single are a band who really need no introduction. If you’re a Cardiff native, you would’ve had to live in a cave to not have heard the almighty trinity of Houdini Dax, one of the twelve acts chosen by the BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales ‘Horizons 2014’ project in its inaugural year.

Since their inception, they have left their mark on both the live and local radio circuit with their brand of impossibly infectious, back-to-basics, straight up rock ‘n’ roll, packed with more hooks than an angler’s shop. Their wall of noise is matched only by the wave of fans who regularly grace each gig they play, which was in full evidence at the band’s performance in Clwb Ifor Bach at last year’s Swn Festival. As anyone who was lucky enough to make it through the doors to see them can testify, the band simply tore the roof off the place and justified their slotting as the closing act of Clwb’s coverage of Swn. Continue reading