Interview – Dafydd Hedd

British singer-songwriter Dafydd Hedd recently released his track, Fake Indie Song, which I really enjoyed! If you’re into your indie-pop music then make sure you check the song out after this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Fake Indie Song, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song? What does the title refer to?

The title refers to a mixture of things, mainly the superficiality of how a lot of the music industry prioritises a particular image for an artist to succeed using a specific genre. For example, the sort of ‘indie’ aesthetic of the bucket hat, being hipster and thrifty, whereas I’m not about that. Music should be about more than the way you talk, look or the clothes you wear. It’s about the message you send out if what you release has an expression or a purpose. In this age, where a TikTok going viral seems to determine who is mainstream and who isn’t, image is becoming more of a barrier to artists, and that’s what fuels the sense of frustration, fatigue and bitterness in the track.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

COVID was almost a way to get my name out there. During the pandemic, I did 12 online shows and made a name for myself in the Welsh music scene as an example for young artists because of how I adapted to situations, thanks to Y Selar for that. It was hard missing out on more live music experience and of course, having less to write about is hard for songwriting; music is an expression of life in general. On the other side, life is fast-paced and it’s hard to have time to slow down and reflect on what’s going on, and I’m grateful that the pandemic gave me time to do that.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The writing process for Fake Indie Song happened four weeks into moving into university halls, and I was uninspired with some major writers block. I just started messing around with a few riffs on my guitar and came to the opening chords of the song. I then just started to vent out my frustrations on paper, imagining myself as some thirty-something-year-old banker who hates his job and gave up his dream of being part of the music industry. It then developed into his future self writing a song back in time to when he gave up his passion in the name of having to make a living. With regards to recording, I arranged the melodies on Logic and was happy with all but the vocals, so I recorded the vocals and got mix + master at Studio Un in my hometown of Bethesda in North Wales.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

I have a few songs up my sleeve, Rocstar, a Welsh song about equality of opportunity is in the pipeline and so is Bia Y Nos (The Night Belongs To You) about the spiking crisis in nightclubs at the moment for young women and the outrage of how people feel unsafe out at night when they’re trying to have a good time. No release dates planned yet though and I have a few more projects waiting on artists are on the way as well on the EDM branch.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

Not yet, although I love a good EP + album, I have done an EP in the last year and I’m focusing more on developing my live performances

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I have a playlist full of influences for Fake Indie SongMegan Wyn, Oasis, The Verve, The Skinner Brothers, Sam Fender, French Alps Tiger, Wombats, Tame Impala and Declan McKenna are huge influences on this song. Here’s the link: https://op…81ee3443db

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m based in two locations, North Wales and Bristol. In Wales, there is a really special welsh language scene with a lot of my favourite bands here. It’s very friendly, collaborative and vibrant as space and forever evolving. We now have Welsh language drill and rap which was not particularly common before. I also live in Bristol for university and love the city. There are so many venues but it’s a very competitive scene making it innovative and fast-paced. I’m slowly getting there though with more shows coming up and good relationships forming with promotion agencies.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I have a few, so on the 3rd, I’ll be at Swansea Airshow doing a set, on the 6th of July I’ll be playing at The Thunderbolt in Bristol, then on the 15th, I’m playing at Sesiwn Fawr, which is one of the biggest Welsh festivals, stoked! After that, it’ll be a show at The Fleece in Bristol on the 31st and then I have a set at Maes B on the 1st of August, one of the largest Welsh music festivals in the country.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

My shows and sets are always intimate. You learn about the stories behind my songs and it means so much more after. My sets are characterised by my grungy and powerful vocal element and the diversity of music you’ll hear. One part of the set may be chill and acoustic, the next part may be heavy rock, and the next might sound like something you’d hear in a nightclub, so it certainly keeps you on your feet. I’m an independent artist as well, so any support for growing acts is appreciated and necessary. I’ll make you feel welcomed at the show and always give my best.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks for reading this, stream Fake Indie Song and I hope you have a great day. I’m aiming to get more shows across the UK so hopefully, I’ll see you at one soon.