Gaz Cloud


Music has always been my whole life – from the age of 5 and my love for Simon and Garfunkel, through discovering Prince and my awakening sexuality at 11, the intellectual stimulation of ambient aged 12, the illicit thrill of acid house at 13, the delight of London’s glam indie scene in my early 20s, right through to this week’s latest promo, club gig or vinyl trawl. Discovering new music is a passion I’m keen to share with others, be it through writing, broadcasting or DJing.

I’m one half of Cloud & Owl, an organic electronic duo who create music that mixes earthy beats and airy soundscapes. Alongside our passion for producing music, we’re also DJs and broadcasters, equally at home rocking a dancefloor with esoteric techno as we are introducing audiences to alternative sounds via online radio. I love to collaborate, and can often be found playing violin and/or bass guitar with other acts, from the industrial psychedelia of Patricide to a host of guitar bands. I joined Echoes and Dust to write about the music I love, with a focus on electronica and progressive rock music.



Articles by Gaz Cloud


Godsticks are blend aggressive rock riffs with progressive intent on their latest LP, Faced With Rage. We caught up with Darran Charles (vocals, guitar), Dan Nelson (bass and backing vocals) and Tom Price (drums) after a successful gig at HRH Prog to talk Pineapple Thief, Chris Cornell, influences, metal, and the joys of being signed to a high-profile label.


A suitably epic review of the UK’s biggest residential Prog gathering: Krankschaft, Hawklords and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy are just three of the highlights in a weekend full of musical delights. Dive in…

Ivar Bjørnson from Enslaved

For many years we’ve been getting a little bit of shit from the black metal scene saying, “You guys have wimpy vocals.” And we say, “OK, fuck off, listen to something else.” Then we go to the prog scene, and they’re like, “What’s up with the screaming? Sounds like the guy’s swallowing a toothbrush!” We’re like, “Are you actually aware that the word ‘progressive’ has to do with change, and moving forward?!”

Mikko von Hertzen from Von Hertzen Brothers

Mikko von Hertzen talks about the band’s excellent new album, War Is Over, their changes of approach and harnessing creative differences to be the best band they can be.

Opeth • Enslaved – O2 Academy, Bristol

The sense of a special event is enhanced with ‘Moon Above, Sun Below’ . . . The Pale Communion track is one of the band’s most complex, and until this week, had never been performed live . . . the drum ‘n’ bass ‘n’ organ break is thrilling, and as the band crash in, one of Opeth’s most transcendent studio moments is electrifyingly recreated.


Focus, TFATD, Carl Palmer. . . Here’s our rundown of the bands appearing on the Saturday at HRH Prog VI in Pwllheli.


Here’s a rundown of the array of talent playing HRH Prog VI this Friday: Uriah Heep, The Von Hertzen Brothers, Caravan, Hawklords, Heather Findlay, Edgar Broughton and more!

HRH Prog VI Preview: Introducing The Bands – Thursday

There’s less than a week to go until HRH Prog VI lands in Hafan y Mor, a beautiful yet remote holiday camp in North Wales. Here’s a preview of the bands set to deliver on the opening evening: Mostly Autumn, Krankschaft and IO Earth.

The Facemelter: Thumpermonkey EP launch, The Fierce & The Dead, Ham Legion

Thumpermonkey, The Fierce and The Dead and Ham Legion are three unique bands that all find surprisingly fertile soil in that apparently rocky middle ground where progressive rock and angular punk meet. Just whatever you do, don’t call this intersection pronk.

Tangerine Dream – Quantum Gate

An exposition that aims to set Edgar Froese’s ideas about quantum physics to record, this is thoroughly modern, utterly magnificent Electronische Musik.

Andy Powell – Wishbone Ash (Photo: Thomas Lieven)

Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash

A soldier and a conqueror, Andy Powell’s been fighting to be free for nearly half a century with acclaimed blues, rock and progressive act Wishbone Ash. Hear what Andy has to say for himself.


From inventing psytrance to introducing the world to Lemmy, Hawkwind have a colourful past. Now, with a young Haz Wheaton injecting the same energy as the aforementioned bassist, the band are riding high again. Dave, Dibs and co discuss their legacy, live performance and LSD – there’s every reason to believe Hawkwind will have just as colourful a future.


Before their current European tour began, we caught up with Gong prior to their headline show at at HRH Prog earlier this year to talk about winning over sceptics on the road, their new album, the greatest guitar riff of all time and Pot Head Pixies.

Be Prog! My Friend – 2017

The curation at Be Prog! My Friend is as unique as the setting – in 2015 Be Prog! famously married Meshuggah and Camel. This year, challenging music is placed at the heart of a left-of-centre progressive bill. . .

Riverside – Marble Factory, Bristol

Riverside set out to curate a collective musical and emotional catharsis. They achieve this emphatically.

Soft Machine

Ahead of their headline performance at KozFest this weekend, we publish an in depth piece with one of the most revered names in jazz rock fusion.

Reasons for optimism: Vincent Cavanagh from Anathema

Ahead of the band’s appearance at Be Prog! My Friend on Saturday, Gaz Cloud spoke to Vincent Cavanagh about art, brotherhood and Anathema’s tour and new album.

Be Prog! My Friend 2017 Preview: Juan Antonio Munoz

As Be Prog! My Friend gets closer, Gaz Cloud grills Juan Antonio Munoz, the festival founder and organiser, on what makes his event so special.

Be Prog! My Friend 2017 Preview: Leprous

Einar Solberg’s Leprous will be playing a special “request show” at this year’s Be Prog! My Friend. Gaz Cloud asked him some questions.

Be Prog! My Friend 2017 Preview: Jardín de la Croix

Ahead of their appearance at Be Prog! My Friend in Barcelona this summer, Gaz Cloud caught up with Jardín de la Croix bassist Nacho Hernandez.

Be Prog! My Friend 2017 Preview: Caligula’s Horse

Gaz Cloud talks to Jim Grey from Caligula’s Horse about his plans for the band’s upcoming appearance at Be Prog! My Friend.

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