We had a chance to interview Gardna, the Bristol lyricist, behind the scenes at Nozstock festival. Here’s what he had to say:
So what’s your name and where are you from?
My name’s Gardna and I’m from Bristol and I run a record label called Boom Sound Recordings.
And what’s your favourite music venue in Bristol?
Favourite venue’s probably the Trinity. They do wicked sound system nights in there even their PA system is banging and it’s just in a massive Church, so the acoustics in the place is just nuts.
If you could perform at any venue internationally, where would it be?
Probably Berghain in Berlin. I’ve been there as a raver predominantly just for like House and Techno stuff but I know sometimes they do gigs and stuff in there. It would be mad to play in this place it’s like a big industrial printing factory it’s very exclusive, very hard to get in but if you’re lucky enough to get in, it’s the best club in the world for sure.
What would be your tips to getting into Berghain?
Well, there’s many. They say if anything, dress up in all black, hold hands with your friends, but yeah there’s no actual way. You have to get past Sven the bouncer and he’s a mean looking guy with tattoos all over his face, so whatever’s on his mind.
And what are you hoping to achieve with your music?
I’m about to put out my first album and it’s been a while in the making but it’s basically just finished now. It’s called ‘Good Time Not A Long Time’. It features Hollie Cook, Kiko Bun, Omar, who is legendary soul singer, and Fox as well. There’s loads of collabs and it just sums up my time as an artist and my life basically, so I’m looking forward to putting it out.
And how would you describe your sound?
My sound is big, bad and heavy and I guess I’m a dubwise kind of lyricist, sound system MC and we keep things on a sound system tip. Always thinking about the bass and Bristol flavour basically.
Who are you wanting to see at Nozstock?
I want to see DJ Zinc, David Rodigan, I wouldn’t mind watching a bit of Rudimental too, I quite like their tunes from back in the day. I think there’s going to be some good stuff on tonight so I’m looking forward to that.
Tell us a secret?
I like to party. I don’t have any secrets. You can ask me anything.
Do you like marmite?
Yeah. Course. Not this new peanut butter stuff though, none of that. But Marmite on its own? Yes.