Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently based in Dublin, Ireland. The music scene here is great at the minute, very diverse. There are a lot of younger people coming through now who realise that they can produce and write their own music. I had an opportunity to leave Ireland last year but I stayed purely because of the music scene here.
How did you first start playing music?
I was made to learn how to play a traditional instrument called the ‘tin whistle’ when I was seven. I stuck at it for a few years and then one day I heard ‘7 Nation Army’ by the White Stripes on the radio. From then on I always wanted to play the guitar.
What have you been working on recently?
I have been working on some tracks for a second album. The first album is yet to be released but I finished it over two years ago. I never stop writing.
Your new single ‘Nocturnal’ is out now, please tell us why you called the track ‘Nocturnal’:
It’s about being a night owl, someone that naturally gravitates to the night time. It’s also about being an introvert. I guess I’m trying to say the night time opens up the world and gives space to us introverts to escape the madness that is currently happening on a daily basis.
Where and when did you record?
I recorded the demo for Nocturnal back at the end of 2015, it’s been around for a while. After I made the demo at home, I took it to the ‘Jam Studios’ in Meath, Ireland to re-record the guitar parts and the vocals. Everything else you hear on that track came straight from the bedroom.
What programs/equipment did you use?
I used a basic Ipad recording programme called ‘Cubasis’. Then I downloaded a drum machine app for five euros in order to programme the drums. It was a real DIY project.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for ‘Nocturnal’?
I have been influenced by a lot of people from Tame Impala to Mac Demarco to MGMT. The guitar is tuned down for Nocturnal to a tuning that I learned while trying to learn Jose Gonzales’ version of ‘Heartbeats’ so I guess that would be the biggest influence for this track.
How did you learn to produce your own music?
Trial and error! I have been writing riffs and melodies and recording them on my phone since I was 16. About five years ago I decided to record some demos for a band I was in and I never looked back.
How do you usually go about writing music?
It’s always changing. It could be a piano progression or a riff on the guitar. Then I’ll construct a bassline or a drum part around it. The vocals generally always get added to the mix last.
How do you go about producing/recording?
I usually record the basic idea first and try to build layers over it. That will usually end up as the chorus for the song. Then I sit on the idea for a while and just listen to it over and over. If I start getting sick of it then I’ll scrap it. Otherwise I’ll start to develop it and fill in the verses around it. It’s mostly done using one guitar and one synthesizer. I find limiting choice aids in my creativity.
How do you capture the vintage tones and psychedelic-rock feel?
The sounds come from messing around with guitar effects like phaser and reverb. I naturally write quite happy and major melodies so I use tones as a way of trying to make the music a little more interesting.
You also have a new album to be released on April 19, please tell us how this album came together:
Lot’s of late night sessions in my bedroom while I was at college. I was determined to make a full album so I hung a blank A3 sheet of paper on the wall and marked it 1-10. Then I’d stick a song title beside a number once I was happy with a demo I’d finished. I went through lots of paper making that album!
What’s planned for the album release?
The album is going to be released on Vinyl and digital download. It’s also going to be supported with a small Irish nationwide tour.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I just finished listening to the new Foals and Maggie Rodgers records which are very good. There is an Irish rapper called Jafaris who has just released an album that I’ve been enjoying. And Pond have a new album out about an impending apocalypse due to climate change, it’s as great as it is weird.
What do you like to do away from music?
When I’m not working or doing music I like to chill out and read or go to the cinema. I played a lot of sports when I was younger so I also like exercising. Sometimes you need to tune out and do something completely different.
What’s planned for 2019?
Releasing the album! I’ve been holding onto it for too long so it will be a weight off the shoulders to finally get it out there. Then to gig as often as possible. And finally to get back in the studio, there is a lot of new material I want to get out there.
Any secrets that you care to share?
If I did that then it wouldn’t be a secret.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Indian and sushi at the minute. Favourite hangout? Probably my bedroom studio cave where I can write more music!