Freelancer of the Month - 30th January 2019

Henry Belcher and DUAT

Henry Belcher

My name is Henry Belcher, I’m 21 years old and I’m a singer-songwriter from Reading. No member of my family is or musical at all, that I know of. However, I picked up the guitar aged 10 and have run with it for the last 11 years.

When I was a young kid I rinsed my parents’ CD collection, listening to everything from Cream, Nirvana, INXS, Bowie, The Darkness and more.

I assumed this was normal when I was 8, but I guess not everybody takes an interest that early. I credit this exposure for forming my passion for music.  

From secondary school onwards I was in one of those novelty kid rock bands playing a range of covers in pubs. By the age of 15 I decided to take things more seriously and began writing my own material.

Since then I’ve been involved in a range of musical projects. From producing an EP with Chris Alderton (The Amazons) with my old band Kaldera, supporting BBC Introducing, playing a packed out market stage at Truck Festival and now breaking into the Liverpool music scene with my current project Persian Hugs.

Persian Hugs (@persianhugsband) are a 3-piece alternative rock band, based in Liverpool and have been active for just over 12 months now.

I am the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the group. This is the first time I’ve had so much creative control within a project. I must admit it is a nice position to be in, as you can really deliver your vision without having to compromise.

But, there are drawbacks. For example, being an unsigned musician in 2019 is much more than just being a guitarist. You have to be the manager, roadie, social media manager, record label and, on top of that, be good at your craft and be consistently creative.

However, watching your own undiluted vision come to life is amazing and well worth the work.

Persian Hugs released their debut EP ‘Making Conversation’, produced by Sam Winfield (Bring Me The Horizon), on all streaming platforms late last year and have been gigging hard in the Liverpool scene, from playing at the famous Cavern Club and the O2 Academy.

We are looking to release new music this year, ’til then our live dates are:

  • Saturday, 2nd Feb – The Jacaranda Club, Liverpool, for Independent Venue Week
  • Friday 8th March – Craft Taproom, Liverpool
  • Wednesday 20th March – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool


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amongst the termite mounds on the underside of your common sense

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DUAT (@d.u.a.t) is a London-based creative practice, founded by Charlie Witter and Tom Gavriel in 2016.

It began as a chaotic mashup of sound footage and music-making machines. DUAT has now grown into a world of energy and material, existing between print and sound.

Using fiction as our method of making, we have found freedom in different mediums. From the printing of t-shirts, the production of zines and small run publications, to the making of music and sound to carry strange narratives and tales.

As well as creating our own characters and fictions, we have worked with bands and artists through the creation of printed ephemera and merchandise.

Having made t-shirts for Meatraffle last year and recently produced visual media for South London-based band Warmduscher, we aim to continue putting out printed material in collaboration with other musicians and creatives.

After an exhilarating 2018, we have gathered enough napalm and duct tape to bring smoke to 2019.

We are in the process of planning more nights involving noisemakers/musicians in London, bringing music and print to life in various formats, a gig of our own noise, and the setup of a recording/print studio for us to call home.

If you would like to see more of our work, we invite you to our website. If you are interested in our services then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We pride ourselves on a multidisciplinary approach to our practice. Our efforts range from illustration and bookmaking, putting on workshops, event organisation, creative direction and anything visually design related.

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