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Phil Kieran has undoubtedly become a key name associated with Belfast’s illustrious music scene. Growing up in the Northern Irish capital on a diet of well-established techno and an appreciation of the cities infamous nightlife, his longstanding residency at Shine nightclub certainly aided his reputation and catapulted his career.
Kieran’s risk-taking musical eclecticism has seen him collaborate with some of the industries most reputable names, Peter Hook, Gary Numan, and Green Velvet, as well as being hand-picked to remix Depeche Mode’s ‘Sweetest Perfection’. Weaving effortlessly through a multitude of genres, Kieran identifies primarily as a techno producer, a sound which his imprint label PKR reflects. Never one to remain within the confines of any one sound, projects such as his Polyrhythmic EP or his ode to Australia project titled ‘Last Train to Melbourne’, delve into dance, electronic, and ambient genres. Kieran followed up his last album Blinded By The Sun by writing the score for acclaimed play East Belfast Boy and producing music for both film and TV including several tracks for the recent BAFTA-winning series Killing Eve.
Phil Kieran is one of Ireland’s best-loved club DJs and techno legends who has worked with everyone from Green Velvet to David Holmes and has had the honour of remixing for the mighty Depeche Mode as well as an impressive catalogue of his own material Kieran previously released an album on Cocoon Records and two under the monikers Le Carousel and Alloy Mental. An innovator who is constantly exploring new ways of creating, Kieran followed up his latest album Blinded By The Sun by writing the score for acclaimed play East Belfast Boy and music for both film and TV including several tracks for the recent BAFTA-winning series Killing Eve.
He also teamed up with the Ulster Orchestra writing a piece that blended both modern techno with classical composing which was played in full symphony orchestra at Celtronic Festival. In the near future, Kieran has an EP coming out on Optimo Records with vocalist and legend Douglas J McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb).
He’s currently working on his fifth studio album which will be released at the end of summer on the label Maeve, associated with fellow Irish artist and DJ Mano le Tough. It’s certainly clear that Kieran pushes musical boundaries to the limit, as can be heard in Blinded By The Sun, in which he explores the picture perfect world we all pretend we are living on Facebook and Instagram, coupled with how things really are when you go home at night and close your door on the world. Those times in the wee, small hours when you’re up too late and you can feel the darkness creeping in.
For Kieran that darkness has many forms – hanging with the club kids who are on the day three rollover, the hypocrisy in society thanks to an obsession with social media, self-doubt, fear of failure. But for Kieran, it’s important to feel that fear and do it anyway.
Kieran explains: “There’s so much music out there so these days I think it’s more a case of trying to make sure when you do put something out that it’s good. “I feel it’s more important that when you say something, make sure it matters.”