Who would have thought that one of the best places in the UK to be an emerging underground artist is Norwich?
Representing the young, DIY artists coming out of Norwich, Tim Burden, also known as Moth, grew up playing in an ever-changing punk band, touring local pubs and biker rallies. Now a bit older and with more facial hair, he creates electronic music under his pseudonym Moth, as well as running local record label Happy Daze. He managed to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer the Fresh Talent questions and tell us a bit about himself and the Norwich scene.
We start by talking about what he is most likely and least likely to do. He laughs and says “I’m most likely to fall asleep in public. There have been far too many after parties where I’m woken up outside the venue”. Reluctantly he admits that despite spending a lot of money on his membership, he is least likely to go to the gym, “when given the option, are you going to go hurt yourself at the gym, or, sit in bed writing music? I know which one I’d do”.
At school, Tim says that he was a relatively quiet loser, hanging with the other guys in bands and embarrassing themselves playing covers of Fall Out Boy and Sex Pistols in assemblies. He continues along the embarrassment line when saying that if he could go back in time and tell his younger self anything, it would be to “practise more and finish building the studio in the back of my parent’s garage. That place could have been great for recording, but climbing over bike parts made it almost impossible to get into”.
Growing up engrained in the Norwich punk scene, Tim comments on how far the area has grown. He talks about playing his first gigs at the Brickmakers, the only pub that ran open mic nights for bands, and how since, venues like Gringos and The Owl Sanctuary, which last year was brought out by someone wanting to build on the land, and then crowdfunded into a new venue, have given local bands and promoters places to expand their reach.
However, it is not only the venues that have improved. The bands and artists coming out of Norwich are better than ever. He talks about his good friends in Claws and the promoters Rad Times Production working with these new venues so that local bands can get the most out of where they live. “Norwich is so far away from everywhere else that the only way bands can get noticed is to create a scene at home and then work their way towards London”.
We talked about some good and bad gig memories, and Tim mentions that one of his favourite gigs was playing at Gringos early last year with his recently disbanded group, The Lola’s, after a short stay in the hospital. He mentions how the gig gave him a reason to celebrate and the band and audience went mad. Although, audiences have not always been that kind. The final gig that he played with his teenage punk band, The Kurve, was cancelled as only three people turned up to see the band off. Then, whilst drunk the band thought it would be a great idea to play the acoustic open mic night at the Brickmakers, “it’s safe to say I don’t remember much of the performance, and I’m really glad I don’t!”.
His five-year plan is to move to London and become an abstract pop artist and get his label, Happy Daze, a residency somewhere in an horrible, dirty underground club.