When did you move to Bristol?
I crawled out of the Devon countryside and into the big city back in January 2011.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
Is this one of those trick clickbait questions that promoters put up to start in-fighting amongst bands? There are so many great young bands doing interesting things right now. I love Wych Elm and had a sneaky listen to their new EP recently. It is very special indeed. Spectres are doing some shows with Sans soon, they’re a flipping raucous, ferocious new prospect.
Obviously I couldn’t not mention Giant Swan, having seen them grow from experimental drone in a prison cell to the absolute techno beast they are today, traversing the world and staying humble and inspired still. All my friends are in bands, so I feel like I’ll get ostracised for not listing an A-Z. Maybe just come and ask me in Rough Trade and I’ll tell you some more.
What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
The problem with working in a record shop with a venue and bar, is that it feels like we never leave. When we do, we tend to head to The Crown, The Lanes, Three Brothers, Chilli Daddy, etc – and we are still mourning the loss of Katie & Kim’s.
What’s the perfect way to spend a day here?
Dig for records, hunt for Peregrines, find a hobby, have fun.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
Its rich vein of creative inspiration and the great five-a-side football games.
And your least favourite?
Toss up between the number one and two bus or seagulls.
Any top venues?
All the good independent ones.
What’s in store for Rough Trade for the remainder of 2018?
We’ve got so many great shows lined up, the diary is jam-packed which is really nice. Kero Kero Bonito, Simple Things, Duds, Frigs, Kississippi along with so many more. We’ve got a real good set of promoters putting on events here, but we always welcome more, so if you’re looking for somewhere to host a show, pop in!
Rough Trade Bristol is an exemplary record store, venue and café run by the long-standing team from Rise Records.