Photo: Simon Holliday
We talk to our favourite people about all things Bristol, from food to favourite bands. This month, who better to round off 2016 and tip a few acts for the new year than our very own Big Jeff.
Hi Jeff! When did you first move to Bristol?
I moved to Bristol in 2002 for Access to Music. I studied Contemporary Popular Music – something that has become a well-known obsession of mine.
What was the last gig you went to here?
I went to see an Orchestra lead by Charles Hazelwood perform Philip Glass’ Low and Heroes symphonies as a celebration of the work of David Bowie, they also had the Fantasy Orchestra playing the hits of Bowie in the Foyer. it was a really beautiful event.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
Probably Yama Warashi; I love their fusion of psychedelic Japanese jazz with tropical rhythms. ‘Egg Shaped Moon’ is one of my favourite records of 2016. We are spoilt by so many great and exciting artists in Bristol.
How would you describe the music scene here?
I would say that the music scene thrives owing to the smaller communities and that it covers many different genres, so it’s really difficult to pigeonhole it. Quite overlooked, too.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
My favourite things about the city are the independent venues (like The Louisiana) and seeing people use different spaces in a really creative way. The other week I went to see Richard Dawson play in Redcliffe Caves; it made me look at how magnificent the caves really were. Or seeing artists doing gigs in interesting shop venues; it definitely makes you look at things in a different way.
And your least favourite?
The development of new student flats and all the roadworks. It feels like they’re completely culturally destroying the town centre, like they’re taking away Bristol’s identity.
Some favourite gigs of the year?
John Carpenter at Colston Hall; PJ Harvey at The Eden Project; Saul Williams at The Lantern and Thekla; Colin Stetson at St Georges; Deafheaven at The Fleece; Dalek at The Louisiana; Super Furry Animals at the O2, Low at Trinity and Vryll Society, again at The Loui.
Which Bristol artist(s) do you think will make it big next year?
I really hope Oliver Wilde makes an impact outside of Bristol with his next album. I can see Idles and Scarlet Rascal really making a huge impact. I also have my eye on ThisisDA – a really promising young rapper and Rhain I think is going to do some great things in 2017.
Check out ThisisDA’s ‘The Sufferbus’ below: