Dublin, new to D9.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
The kitchen of my family home comes to mind. That space is dense with memories, mostly good! The combinations of smells, comforts, anxieties, laughs that come with the territory always sustain me until the next time I’m in that space.
I spend most of my time at home in this room looking at this piece. We bought this embroidered wall hanging while travelling earlier this year. The stitching is outrageously beautiful, it’s our favourite thing in the house now.
Where’s your favourite place to write music?
I work a lot on a laptop now so anywhere I can close the door behind me is good for the most part. Cian and I work together in a space that can be quite busy and noisy which we have to navigate around. Workflow is key and being ready for those creative moments to arrive takes patience and attentiveness.
What are you up to right now?
At home waiting for a plumber to finish a job so I can have shower. Crazy times.
What do you like about the Dublin/Irish music scene?
There is a changing of the guard happening, a new generation coming through. It has been quite glacial up until these past couple of years where a rush of new culture and energy has burst out. Which I put down to an internet savvy generation coming of age with a large pool of influences to channel, an understanding of social engagement and confidence to compete in global sense. The Irish music industry that I came up in seems quite insular in comparison.
Who are your favourite upcoming Irish act(s)?
Really, really love the Let’s Set Sail EP - The Nothingness of Now - which just so happens to be a Homebeat release. I get the same feeling I get when listening to other things I love. The element of being caught unaware by a band is a rare, elusive gift. Landless are the most striking group I’ve heard in awhile, a force of nature live. Quietly and confidently maintaining the tradition, while pushing it forward. There are many major female voices emerging at the moment - Landless, Brigid Mae Power, Lisa O’Neill, Loah, Radie Peat, Katie Kim to name but a few. They are singing from a place that represents Ireland’s past, present and future.
What has been your favourite gig 1) Of your own 2) That you attended?
1) The Bello Bar in Dublin is a gem. Enjoyed all of our gigs there.
2) As far as an overall gig experience goes, seeing The Band drummer, Levon Helm, play in his barn in Woodstock, New York in 2007 was unforgettable. Watching a major hero of mine doing his thing in such close proximity was hard to believe, I still think about it all the time.
What do you have coming up next?
Cian and I will be getting out about over the summer. We’ll be in Belfast, Sligo and at Drop Everything in May, with a Dublin show and Body & Soul in June. Beatyard then on the August bank holiday weekend. The Dublin show is with our dear pals, Ships, who we’ve be playing alongside in some shape or form for many years now. Looking forward to that gig.
If you could be any animal for a day what would you be and why?
I think I can be quite feline so perhaps a cat of some kind would be a good match!
If you had to describe yourself as a cake what would it be?
When I think of cake, I think of the tv show Brass Eye. Anything salty and sweet works for me.