Gwenno Saunders is a music producer, DJ, radio presenter and singer from Cardiff. She has recently released her debut solo album, 'Y Dydd Olaf' on Heavenly Recordings inspired by an obscure 70s sci-fi novel of the same name written by nuclear scientist, Owain Owain about a dystopian future where everyone gets turned into robot clones and the only way to document it all is by writing it down in Welsh - a language that the computers who now rule the world can't understand.
'Y Dydd Olaf' has gained critical acclaim across the board, it also won both the Welsh Music Prize 2015 and Welsh Album of the Year at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod in 2015. Gwenno is a native Welsh and Cornish speaker and it’s this along with co-producing and co-hosting Welsh language show Cam O’r Tywyllwch (A Step Away From The Darkness) with Peski for Radio Cardiff and more recently, Resonance FM, that has led her to create music that translates her internationalist influences into layered, home-fi keyboard sounds wrapped in echoed vocals and musique concrète-inspired beats.
Having to be part of a monolingual state is so boring. Its small-minded attitudes casts a dull shadow on all corners of the island, sadly.