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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some super-talented creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on the last twelve months. Next up, it’s inventive music maker Faithful Johannes.

So, how was your 2018?
Thanks for asking.  Swimming against the tide of general world news, it’s been brilliant thanks.  Music-wise, started the year doing solo shows for the first time after my band Outside Your House went on indefinite hiatus. At first it was very strange and a bit wobbly, but I was recently described as “capable” in your printed pages and I feel like I put on a decent, entertaining, half hour now. I’ve also had the pleasure of releasing NOYVI LEF’s boss Ethic Or Aesthetic EP on my label Win Big Records.

What was your best moment?
My song Ghosts In My Attic was just voted the North East Song of the Year on NE1 FM’s 1:45 local music show, which I’ll have to put top.  Every gig I’ve done this year has been a joy, if I had to pick one of them it’d be the Twist Helix album launch at Cluny 2, also featuring my brothers Ceiling Demons, just a really busy and positive night with lots of people touching my arm to say nice things.

And your worst moment?
I lost my melodica at Little Buildings

Your favourite band of the year?
Based on my Spotify stats, I’m going to say They Might Be Giants, both in recognition of their great new record I Like Fun and also as a lifetime achievement award.  On an indie rap tip, I’ve been listening to Pan Amsterdam’s Pocket Watch record a lot, hip-hop with a mic in one hand and a trumpet in the other.

Your favourite song of the year?
True Love’s Death Dream by Advance Base (fka Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), with special mentions for #neverusetheinternetagain by Homeboy Sandman and Edan, PARAD(w/m)E by Sylvan Esso and Try To Be Joyful by Jeffrey Lewis

Favourite TV of the year?
Inside No. 9 series 4 was a treat. Sinister and full of surprises.

Your favourite film?
Western. German construction workers in rural Bulgaria rubbing the locals up the wrong way, except for the hero, Meinhard, who goes a bit native. If he wasn’t fictional I’d want to take Meinhard for a drink and not say a word to each other for an hour or two.  Just when you think it’s all going to kick off, it doesn’t. Tense and beautiful stuff. You can feel the heat.

Favourite venue of the year?
The Pitmans’ Parliament at Redhills in Durham. Home of Durham Miners’ Association. I’ve seen ONSIND, Richard Dawson and Dennis there this year. It’s an incredible and underused space. Check out the Redhills Appeal to see the work that is happening to try and secure its future at the heart of the city and the county.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Me Lost Me album launch at Cobalt. Jayne Dent’s new record is wonderful. It’s so impressive how she is building and growing her sound and her audience and this was a packed out celebration of all that.

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
My debut solo album is finished and will be out at some point. I’ll be putting out my 3rd annual Christmas single.  If all goes to plan a couple of amazing new releases will be out on Win Big Records.

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