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So, how was your 2021?
I did so many cool things. I’ve been blessed and at times a little overwhelmed by it all. Released a book, mentored for NARC Academy and continued to work with a lot of people I genuinely admire

What was your best moment? 
Being asked to be on the NARC cover with Rob Nichols for my book about Rob, From Shrug to the Moon.

And your worst moment?
One morning I put my belt on inside out.

Who was your favourite band/artist this year?
2021, the quiet rise of protest. Socially aware acts like Benefits, Yard Act, Little Simz, Sam Fender and Billy Nomates. The tide is beginning to turn

Your favourite song of the year?
Noga Erez – Knockout

Recommended album?
The original version of Red

Favourite TV show of the year?
I don’t really watch tele but I watched Squid Game with the kids. Plot holes galore.

Your favourite film?
Summer of Soul or Two Distant Strangers.

Best book you read?
Mark Lanegan – Sing Backwards and Weep.

Favourite venue of the year?
Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt remains very underrated/underused.

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Opus Kink at Base Camp Boro.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2022?
ZELA may well inherit the earth but also keep an eye on Luke Royalty and, if they can sit still long enough to properly release anything, Undivine Telephoneline. Also keen to see what rabbits Press On Vinyl pull out of the hat in the next twelve months.

Any predictions for next year?
Peace and harmony seems a bit of a stretch

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