Entrepreneur shining a light on the incredible musical talent in Wrexham
“I want to see these artists get the same recognition that Declan Swans have had.”
That is one of the many reasons entrepreneur Dave Acton rolled the dice, leaving traditional employment to champion the Welsh Mobo scene.
Dave Acton originally set up Larynx Entertainment as a collective of Wrexham based hip hop artists who were frequenting a popular spoken word poetry night called Voicebox, founded by Tim Humphrey’s Jones.
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Over the years as hip hop grew in popularity, Larynx followed suit with a number of successful showcases at the likes of Focus Wales and Wrexfest.
This culminated in Larynx Entertainment becoming a fully incorporated business, becoming a platform for the entirety of Welsh hip-hop.
Dave explained that Larynx is undergoing another transitional period as it once again grows to incorporate the wider Mobo music scene covering everything from Rn’B to Dancehall and much more.
Speaking to Wrexham.com Dave explained that hip hop music needed a platform of its own because “hip hop is the most popular it’s ever been in the UK but that hasn’t quite translated to Wales despite their being such a huge talent pool of artists with the genres” .
Elaborating on this Dave acknowledged that especially after 2020 when everyone was forced to spend time online having uneasy and difficult conversations that promoters and those at the top of the music industry couldn’t ignore the lack of opportunities and much more given to underrepresented genres of music and artists.
When we asked what Dave feels are some of the issues facing hip hop artists in Wales right now he believes there is still a distance to travel when it comes to providing these artists with infrastructure to succeed, everything from radio promotion, venues and gig opportunities & more funding being distributed to South Wales than North Wales.
As well as running Larynx Entertainment Dave puts his money where his mouth is and hosts his own show on community radio Calon FM every Sunday at 5pm, where he provides many local and Welsh artists with opportunities to be played on the airwaves and talk about their projects to an invested audience.
He said: “If an artist can gain even one new fan because of what we did, then that’s enough for me”.
For those who want to experience first hand the thriving hip hop scene, Larynx Entertainment are bringing Lunar C, an artist who has had huge success on the UK’s largest battle rap league, ‘Don’t Flop’ & BBC Radio’s Fire in the Booth to name a few, to perform at Club XS in Wrexham on June 3.
Not only is Dave proud to be bringing artists of this stature to Wrexham but is excited to have upcoming artists both locally and from across Wales having supporting slots at the show, not only giving them an impressive credit on their CV but giving them a chance to network with an established industry artist and learn more about their craft, which is an opportunity that may not be presented to them otherwise.
While speaking to Wrexham.com Dave’s passion for Mobo music was apparent as he said: “I’ve had an affinity for hip hop since I was a teenager, I love the artists who are operating within Mobo music in Wales, it’s opened my eyes, not just from a business perspective but from a personal one as well.
“It’s changed who I am as a person and I have a lot of love for anyone who is trying to do something different. It’s hard some days but you can crack on because you want to see people succeed.”
More information on Larynx Entertainment can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
Lunar C tickets can be purchased here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/club-xs-presents-lunar-c-tickets-559046692707
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