his week on the Mid Week Mix Up radio show, my guest is Pridez, real name Shane Ford. Pridez is well known around the Cwmbran, Newport areas as an outstanding rapper.
In 2014, he was the winner of Newport City Radio's "Maindee's Got Talent" and since then I've been watching and listening as his writing and recording career has been taking off. Join me and Classical Coral on Wednesday 31st January 5-7pm to hear some of Pridez' work when he joins us for a chat.
Q. We know that you write your own material but do you play any musical instruments?
A. No but I was recently discussing this with my cousin and if we had three wishes, one of them would be to be able to play any musical instrument on the planet. Learning to play something is high on my list of things to do, trust me!
Q. What are your favourite band and singer?
A. My favourite band would have to be Linkin Park. I loved them as I was growing up and they have inspired some of my work as well. My favourite singer is Ed Sheeran at the moment. I think anything the man writes is golden. It takes a lot of skills to get the whole world loved up your music and he writes hits all the time so yeah, Mr Sheeran!
Q. What do you consider to be your best physical feature?
A. Ha, ha, I can't say that here! My exes know the answer to this one. Seriously, though I'm not vain enough to say I have a best feature.
Q. If I came to your house for dinner, what would you cook for me?
A. Ah - ha, the question is, what would you cook for me?
Q. Where is the furthest you have travelled to?
A. Only as far as Spain for holidays but I'd love to travel around the world
Q. What's your best personality trait?
A. I like to think that I'm funny although there are times I take a joke too far! It's all good really though.
Q. Do you have a bad habit?
A Trusting people too much is definitely my bad habit
Q. Describe the best birthday cake in the world
A. It would have a gateau base and be decorated to look like a music studio with all the equipment, booth etc made from icing.
Q. The best sandwich filling is?
A. Cheese and onion
Q. Who was the teacher at school or college who inspired you the most?
A. My drama teacher, Mr Willis. He encouraged me to be creative and taught me how to express myself. He probably doesn't know that he inspired me. I was a terror for him but he showed me what I wanted to do with my life: to entertain as a rapper so big up Mr Willis!
Q. What was the last book you read?
A. I don't read a lot of books but what I do like to read is stuff that is important to me: spiritual wisdom and inspirational articles.
Q. Cinema or theatre?
A. Cinema. Even though I don't read a lot of books, I do love a good film
Q. What were your favourite sweets when you were 10?
A. Those little Haribo type cherry sweets. They were amazing!
Q. The best flavour ice cream is?
A. Mint choc...Boom!
Q. Whose voice would you choose for your satvan?
A. Peter Griffiths
Q. What advice would you give to your 13 year old self?
A. Don't do drugs. Drugs DO destroy people.