Minas is the mononym for James Minas, Greek/Welsh artist, and producer based between Cardiff & St David’s in South Wales and rhythm section The Davies Brothers. Their latest release “Fight One” is a cinematic and hard hitting track that pairs dynamic and rousing production against thoughtful and reflective lyrics. Minas goes through his life’s journey and soul searching to find his true purpose. He runs through some destructive habits he used to engage in order to numb the pain but slowly realizes that he has to change for the better and takes active steps to achieve this. The track is quite off-kilter and has a progressive arrangement where the verses are mellow and slowly rise to a plateau on the energetic and anthemic chorus.
Minas grew up in the circus with parents who were heavily involved in the 1980’s punk scene and then moved to secondary school in the Welsh Valleys. His music draws from the boredom and shenanigans that took place. The songs reveal stories of a checkered past over a mix of deep melodic soundscapes and loud, aggressive impacts. Covering subjects from his personal struggles with mental health (“My heart was giving my ribs a kicking”) to disillusionment (“Three pound meal deals feeding my mates”). Minas holds a mirror up to society, trying to understand it. As a respected producer, James is working to build a new sound for the South Wales scene with a number of artists and genres. However, as an artist, Minas presents his own brutal honesty and lays open a vulnerability for all to hear.
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