If you know me, you know how much I love Glasgow – I wasn't born here, but I'm proud as hell to call it home for 14 years of my life.
The music scene is one of the things I love the most about this city. But love it as much as I do, it can cause a fair amount of anxiety in my social life. Some weekends it can be a struggle to choose between three or four good nights out and like most people, my pockets are not bottomless and god, my poor liver...
But since setting up Smash. almost a year ago, I've seen a whole new side to this city. I've always known Glasgow to be a creative city, it is home to the world renowned Glasgow School of Art (we still mourn you), Billy Connolly (the greatest comedian that ever lived) and Susan Philpipsz (winner of the Turner Prize 2010).
But what I've seen over the last 12 months has shown me a whole different side. We have an amazing community of creative entrepreneurs and businesses who support one another and who celebrate each other’s successes – we've certainly experienced it first hand at Smash. and it’s made our journey a little easier and loads more fun, that's for sure.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with some of these guys and some of them we just get to admire from afar, waiting to see what they’re gonna do next. But we’re also excited to see who or what is gonna be the next thing join the crowd.
A shout out to some of our favs:
Gaz Mac at SWG3 Galvanizers Yard for creating a safe space for graffiti artists and an amazing new music venue to the city.
Rapscallion Soda for bringing proper fresh raw soda to the people.
Gie it Laldy fur having the best chat fur miles (happy to say I am a proud owner of a fuctifano tshirt).
VeganBurd for showing us that veganism isn’t as boring as those stereotypes would have us believe.
Café Strange Brew and their amazing Turkish eggs.
Tuck at BAAD for all that lovely greenery.
SAORSA, a soon to be launched vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand.
I can’t explain why Glasgow is such a hub of entrepreneurial creativity. Maybe it's the water, maybe it's the shite weather or maybe it's the Glasgow attitude of pure bloody-mindedness. But whatever it is, we have it in abundance and long may it continue.
BFS (big fat soz) for all the swearing by the way, but as the great man himself said: A lot of people say that it's a lack of vocabulary that makes you swear. Rubbish. I know thousands of words but I still prefer ‘fuck’. ~ Billy Connolly