This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today’s video is ‘Fight One’, the new music video from Minas.
‘Fight One’ is the latest video release from Greek/Welsh music producer Minas, who released his debut album All My Love Has Failed Me earlier in the year. After releasing various singles over the past couple of years, Minas finally dropped his debut on the 11th of November 2022. Admitting that it had been ‘two years in the making’ on Twitter, Minas’ album All My Love Has Failed Me was celebrated at the album launch gig at Cardiff’s Buffalo last month, supported by local bands Shlug, Sorry Stacy and Micromanager. Not only is his career as an artist taking off in the past year but his work as a producer for other South Walian music artists (such as Luke RV, Dan Bettridge, Razkid and others) is making waves in the South Wales music scene. Winner of the Triskell Awards in 2022, Minas’ own brand of alt/hip-hop/garage is especially popular live with his gigs taking place all over Cardiff, including playing for the most recent Sŵn Festival in Autumn earlier this year.
Minas is the brainchild of Cardiff-based producer James Minas, supported by drummer Greg Davies and bassist Bob Williams. Minas, who grew up in a circus with a strong Punk influence from his parents, uses the songs to tell the story of his own struggles with his mental health and challenging past. He has spoken in the past about his desire to create music which offers a sense of hope to anyone who needs it.
After dropping other popular singles such as ‘Foreign’ and ‘Payday’, the music video for ‘Fight One’ features the artist presenting a striking performance to the camera in cinematographic frames with his head completely taped over. Before it was released Minas stated across his socials that the music video for ‘Fight One’ made in collaboration with TVizuals (Theo Thomas) was his “favourite part of this whole thing [the new album release]”. Already having garnered over a thousand views on YouTube in just a week, Minas’ music video for ‘Fight One’ captures the brutal honesty All My Love Has Failed Me boasts throughout the entire debut album.
‘Fight One’ by Minas is out now.