I’m from Cardiff. I went to Ysgol Glantaf. People are still surprised, in Wales and outside, when I say I can speak Welsh and I’m from Cardiff. My Dad learnt Welsh when he met my Mother and we speak Welsh at home. I still speak Welsh with the friends that I went to school with.
When I was 15 I started going to gigs in Cardiff and at the Eisteddfod in the night. That’s where I discovered amazing bands who sung in Welsh. Then some of them like Catatonia and Super Furry Animals started getting in the charts, along with bands like the Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics. I feel lucky that I can speak two languages, because I get to enjoy more music, in two languages.
I got a job answering phones at the BBC on Saturday mornings and started doing hospital radio in Cardiff. I got a job on Radio 1, they liked the fact that I could speak two languages naturally. I still present in Welsh on BBC Radio Cymru, playing new bands, I also got the chance to present on S4C.
I’ve lived in London for a while, I still present on Radio 1, as well as the Glastonbury coverage for BBC2 and for Channel 4. My wife and I speak Welsh to each other, we met in Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff. I put gigs on in London and a lot of the bands sing in Welsh. I meet Welsh speakers everywhere I go; when I’m Dj’ing in University across the UK, usually at least one person will come up to speak to me in Welsh.
It makes me sad when people think their Welsh isn’t good enough. My reply is always, of course it is. It's your language. You get to speak it how you want to, with as much slang and English thrown in as you want.
The Welsh language gives you opportunities, it opens doors and makes you unique. To me Welsh is one of the most important things in my life.