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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We asked a few of them to tell us about their 2019. Here, Maximo Park/Nano Kino’s guitarist and solo artist, Duncan Lloyd gives us his recap. 

So, how was your 2019?
It has been a bit of a rollercoaster, to be honest. I was also out of action for a while but it’s good to be back writing again.

What was your best moment?
I got to work with Don Tyler (who worked on some of the Elliot Smith records) on a new album which is the follow up of, ‘Outside Notion’ that I released earlier this year. Also making new music with my friends in Maximo Park and Nano Kino.

And your worst moment?
Watching populism beating climate change action. It was also very sad hearing that one of my favourite writers, David Berman of the Silver Jews & Purple Mountains had died.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?
Jeffery Lewis & The Voltage – Bad Wiring
Kim Gordon – No Home Record
Chris Cohen – Chris Cohen
Little Simz – Grey Area
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
Big Thief – Two Hands
Athena – Sudan Archives
Out of Sight – Jake Xerxes Fussell 
Khrunagbin – Hasta El Cielo
Bill Callahan – Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest
Was I meant to pick one?….

Your favourite song of the year?
Bill Callahan – Writing

Favourite TV show of the year?
Although I’m not really a Country fan as such I’ve been enjoying ‘Country Music by Ken Burns’. It’s a fascinating look into a side of America’s music origins that I’m a bit less familiar with.

Your favourite film?
Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story.
I don’t know when it was made but it’s a documentary film I saw this year which is more about a group of friends lives & how they grow apart.

Best book you read?
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Favourite venue of the year?
I enjoyed playing Bobiks a couple of times this year with Nano Kino & then my own show. I’ve also spent a lot of time in Cluny 2 watching new bands.

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Hmmmm… tricky, off the top of my head, The Lemonheads at Wylam Brewery was a great gig, very nostalgic as I was a big fan as a kid.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2020?
From the North-East I really like Cheap Lunch, Star Cult, Lightwaves Museum, Sid Bano and Blamire .

And finally, what has next year got in store for you?
I’m in the middle of writing a new Maximo Park album with the band which we hope to record early in the new year, maybe I’ll try & release another of my own records and Nano Kino have some exciting new music being mixed. I’m also recording a few local bands, keeping busy in mad times!

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