Man Without Country produce emotively melodic pop, with penetrating, persuasive beats. What started out as an online collaboration between Ryan Owen and Tomas Greenhalf evolved into a home-based studio outfit. One of Wales’ up and coming acts, Bench got down to their grassroots.
How do you get noticed in the industry? 1. Make good music. 2. Network. 3. Don’t lose momentum.
Top DJ/playing live Tips? Involve the audience and give it everything you have.
Any advice for those starting out in music? Find your own voice and embrace criticism.
Mantras you live your life by? Less is more.
How to make a great single? No idea, we’re still working on that.
Who are your inspirations? Brian Eno and Brian Cox.
First musical memories? Singing in the school choir.
What tunes put you in the ‘music zone’? John Cage’s 4’33”.
Top 3 tunes of 2012? Lana Del Rey ‘Off To The Races’, Katy Perry ‘E.T’, Niki And The Dove ‘DJ Ease My Mind’.
Tunes that make you wanna dance? Gesaffelstein ‘Viol’.
My Precious - Tell us about your most precious musical possession… The history, the story, the memories and the bond. Our first synthesizer, a ‘Nord Lead 2’. We wrote the majority of our album with it so it has a lot of sentimental value. We also still use it live.
What makes you smile? The sun.
Should people follow their dreams, or get real? Follow their dreams.
Most incredible festival moment? ‘The National’ playing during the sunset at Glastonbury 2010.
If you could play/do anything what would it be? Go to the moon or travel through time.
How to set goals? Anybody can set a goal, achieving it can be the difficult part.
Home Stomping Ground?West Wales, UK.
Studio or Live?Both.
Authentic or manufactured?Authentic.
Make it on your own – or – be part of something big?Be part of something big.
Freestyle or format?Either.
Electronic or Soul?Soulful electronica.
Skating or Surfing? Skating.
Wine or Beer?Both, but not at the same time.
Night owl or Early Bird?Night owl.
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