Gardna Q&A

Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK bass scene for his heavyweight live performance where he flows over a concoction of traditional reggae and dub vibes propelled by a variety of current break-neck beats. After several years of having to use fake ID to enter clubs to perform, Gardna has gained his pass into the UK nightlife but is still a young talent.

Despite this he has shelled it down at some of the biggest events in Europe including Outlook and Boomtown. His music is a combination of styles that are born from sound system culture. He works with a variety of producers and writes sharp, conscious lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.

Ahead of this years festival we got the chance to ask him a few questions…

How long have you been MCing?

I first started trying to spit bars out with the kids hanging around outside the local Sainsburys in the town I grew up in when I was about 12. We’d be trying to slew one another over the latest grime instrumentals that we’d been Bluetoothed on our Sony Erricson walkman phones. I’m 22 now and looking back we were all terrible but you’ve gotta start somewhere don’t ya!

How did Boom Sound Recordings come about?

Myself, Jack Fat Stash, Adam ASBO Disco and James Wonka where all working together at our old office space in Hamilton House, Stokes Croft. They were all doing work for the agency work for Boom Artists but we’d all just hang out there throughout the week and bang out ideas. Artists like myself on the agency started collaborating with one another, great music started happening and we just had to release it ourselves. We couldn’t just give it away.

What are your three festival essentials?

  1. Peach Ice Tea & Havana Club Rum
  2. Wavey Sunglasses
  3. STICKERS! (come find me)

Most embarrassing festival moment?

I think that’ll be the time I fell asleep a few hours before my set and got sabotaged with a permanent sharpie pen. I hosted this huge Jungle b2b with Benny Page, Aries, Marcus Visionairy, Kelvin 373 and more with a massive you know what on my face, obviously nobody told me. The photos are horrendous!

If you ran Nozstock and had to pick three headliners who would you pick?

Depends where we where but.

  1. Chronnix
  2. Bonobo (live)
  3. The Internet

When you’re not making music what are you doing?

Gigging the music. I don’t stop I swear. Always up to something. But apart from that, eating good, drinking good, just gernerally living good. It’s alright here in Bristol. There’s always something on, i’m forever going out to events to get my inspiration for lyrics and live shows. It’s cool.

Have you been to Nozstock before? If not what are you expecting?

I came for an evening a few years ago with The ASBO Disco, it was short and sweet but I am well excited to come back this year with the label and spend some proper time at the festival. Can’t wait to get stuck in.

Groove to reggae by day at Elephant’s Grave

Chapman’s Circus may be long gone but the weird and wonderful vibes remain…

By day, you’ll be grooving to dub and reggae with the likes of Ital Sounds, who will be bringing everything from classic roots to modern scrub-a-dub sounds like Mungos Hi Fi and Steppas’ music.

Drumlove perform as a full drumming troupe, a sight and sound to behold. Go With The Flo, Juggla and DJ Shogun, bring a collective 46 years worth of reggae experience to the decks, so expect some winding grooves and plenty of dubby flavour. On Friday night DJ Feva is bringing his unique combination of hip-hop skills and reggae knowledge to drop bass heavy beats and live mash ups that shake up dance floors from Birmingham to Brazil. And expect something a little tropical from MadMax.

Ital Sounds will be joined over the weekend by Bristol-based Boom Sound, bringing underground reggae in the form of Fat Stash, who have championed artists such as Gardna and Uncle Dugs, are also joining the party to pump out some serious reggae, dancehall and dubwise tunes. They’ll be representing alongside KreedHold Tight Collective, and many more.

Find out more over on the Elephant’s Grave page ….


Mike Hale - dancer Nozstock 2016