We talk to our favourite people about all things Bristol, from food to favourite bands. This month, we pick the brains of Sam Bonham from BBC Introducing in the West.
When did you first move to Bristol?
I came to Bristol as a student. I’d visited a few acting mates at the Old Vic Theatre School beforehand and always had a good time, the place obviously had great vibes – it totally hooked me in.
How did you get involved with Introducing?
As a musician with Let’s Tea Party, I’d always been aware of BBC Intro. Rich interviewed me when we played at Glasto and I kind of pushed my way in after that. Intro quickly became my soul food; I’m a radio guy now, producing programmes across the BBC and elsewhere.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
Idles nailed it landing on the BBC 6 Music playlist recently – they’re killing it at the moment. BBC Intro have got newboy Fraser Anderson in session soon, he’s the biggest sky above me right now! Ile Flottante is getting a play most days round my house too; I went to his tiny studio in Broadmead recently. Plus Keir, The Nightjar, Bad Sounds, Iyabe, Fenne Lily, Gardna and ThisisDA.
How would you describe the music scene here?
The thing about Bristol is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, or rather, it gives people the impression that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. This has pros and cons. It means we create new and exciting sounds, germinating on our own over time and out of sight of London. But it does sometimes mean that great music doesn’t always find bigger audiences. I’m doing my bit to try and push this along, the world needs more Bristol music.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
Beyond the music? Well, I guess it’s got to be the people. I’ve met so many incredible people in Bristol. Talented people. Caring people. Generous people. Special mention to Pam, she’s my #Bristolmum!
And your least favourite?
Traffic. Nothing kicks me in the ads harder than Bristol traffic. That’s kinda why I’m always on my bicycle. It’s just a shame you can’t cycle along the M32!
BBC Introducing in the West airs Saturdays at 8pm on BBC Radio Bristol. Check out a classic session from George Ezra below.