We've been chatting to some great local musicians in a campaign to get more people supporting local original music. Here's 5 minutes with Matt from Island Dam.
Who are you?
Hi guys, We are Island Dam, a 5 piece alternative rock band from Wigan.
What 3 words best describe your sound?
Energetic, dynamic & original
How does being from Wigan/the Northwest influence your music?
The North West is renowned for its musical heritage and its live music scene. The areas musical icons and the early gigs we went to first got us passionate about music. Often we look to capture elements of these bands and subsequently make it our own. More recently, the music scene in Wigan seems to have really taken off, which gives us an added incentive to prove ourselves.
What role do you think music plays in society?
I think Music is one of the bedrocks of society. It can bring people together, be a rallying call or a place of refuge. It’s difficult to imagine society without it.
If you could a magic wand, how would you change the music industry?s
I wish promoters and festivals took more chances on smaller bands. There’s some great bands out that deserve the opportunities to play to bigger crowds. Also, I think Spotify should pay artists more than they currently do.
Listen to Island Dam's latest single 'No Fire Here' here