Ahead of the release of Grawl!x's stunning album, Aye!, (out 28/05/16) we chat to the artist behind it all. 



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Ahead of the release of Grawl!x's stunning album, Aye!, (out 28/05/16) we chat to the artist behind it all. 

Grawl!x is the solo project of James Michael Machin from Derbyshire. Venturing across realms of jangly pop, folk and with added ambient guitars, Grawl!x certainly isn't something to go looking for, but is something to be found. 'Pando' has a sweet melody, so soothing that it borders on a lullaby, yet the feeling of excitement in the drum-beats and sense of anticipation makes it impossible not to get hooked.

RAW MEAT: Tell us about your local music scene, what's your favourite local venue, are there any record labels or stores that we should look up, what's the scene like where you're from?
Grawl!x: There's always been a pretty consistent crop of crackin' bands knocking about these quaint ol' Derbyshire Dales. No particular musical connection as such; more of just a general creative community of like minded types with unavoidable artistic tendencies - though I suspect that's probably true of every city in the world. Haiku Salut, Richard J. Birkin, Unqualified Nurse, Scribble Victory, Cheap Jazz and Pet Crow are a few you can check the heck out.

There's a place called Bar One that's always got a real great atmosphere, although it can get redonkulously nippy in the winter months. We played the local big Cathedral recently but I'm not sure if they'll carry on putting the likes of us on there.

BPM down Sadligate is the only record store in Derby. Luckily, it's also really great. It's the only music store at all really apart from the usual high street gumph you find everywhere else.


Name one track or band that you love from the past.
Kelly Llorenna - 'Set You Free'.

Name one track or band that you're loving right now.
Clark - 'Last Panthers'.

Name one track or back that you think we should be looking out for in the future.
Pet Crow. They're brand new. Check 'em the heck out.

What are you up to now?
Eating a lovely hummus bagel. After that, gonna pop out our record AYE on the 28th May and get a new video for our single 'Kumquat' ready real soon.

What can we expect from you next?
We just began recording piano for our next record. Accompanying that should be a feature length music movie video thingy.




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