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Wednesday 24 April 2024

M2TM South Wales 2024: Swansea Heat #4 Interview With Catalysts By Paul Hutchings

Interview With Catalysts – Heat 4 Swansea, M2TM 27th April 2024

1. Let's start with introductions. Who is who and what does each person do in the band?

We're Catalysts!  A 5 piece band of best mates from South Wales.  

David Challenger - Vocals

Elliot Blake - Guitar

Craig O'Connor - Guitar and Backing Vocals

Paul Owen - Bass

Haitham Alhardan - Drums

2. Where are you from and how long have you been together?

We're all born and based in South Wales.   A spread from Newport, to Monmouth, to Ebbw Vale.  We've been together for 8 years.  

3. Describe your music in five words.

Energetic.  Melodic.  Loud.  Electronic.  Riffy. 

4. What prompted you to apply to be part of Metal to the Masses - South Wales?

We played M2TM's in 2022 and LOVED the set up M2TM's created.  I believe I applied for us to play this year but we couldn't make one of the dates.  Luckily for us, a spot became available for Swansea April 27th, so we jumped at the chance.  (Thanks again!)

5. If you have played Metal to the Masses before, tell us about your previous experiences and importantly, why you've returned!

As per above, love the set up and competition.  It's an event that's organised really well.  With people that are friendly, passionate for music and support local artists who may not have a large following.  

6. Bloodstock is a big festival - have you attended the festival in the past? If so, what would you say are the best things about the weekend?

Never attended bloodstock but would love to go!  Would be even better to attend as an artist ;) haha  

7. Apart from Metal to the Masses, what do you have planned for 2024?

We'll soon be filming to star in BBC's Casualty for a rock concert scene.  We have new material ready to record and will start filming music videos for them songs also.  We also want to gig as much as we can.  

8. What can we expect from you in your heat?

Energy.  Passion.  

9. And what are you expecting in your heat and journey through the competition?

We're expecting from all bands, what we deliver.  As above, energy and passion.   If i'm being completely honest, whilst we do want to do well in this competition, for us it's about having a great time, showcasing our music, meeting new local artists and ensuring the audience leave that venue entertained with great value for their entry fee.  

10. Finally, where can people find details of the band promote your socials here

LinkTree:  https://linktr.ee/CatalystsUK 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/catalysts.uk/ 

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@CATALYSTSUK 

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/1zcCikpGRcl1GlbQGFzgYg?si=iKj_daxvRTSlPODJMU1Cjg

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