Why a City like Belfast needs…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot8JWss7lug   ... Something like Sofar Sounds. At the time of writing, it's almost 2am on Sunday morning immediately after my first experience attending a Sofar gig. My mind is still trying to digest the experience because there's so much I want to say about it all. I first heard about these gigs from Adam… Continue reading Why a City like Belfast needs…

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There’s 106 miles to Chicago, it’s dark, and we’re wearing Sunglasses; An interview with Zoofunkyou

Modern communication is a truly remarkable thing. Without which, a band playing Joe's on Weed street, Chicago Illinois ; A Bar & live music venue with a permanent stage and 800 person capacity, and a music student living in a €300/per month flat in Dublin 15 would never have come in contact with each other.… Continue reading There’s 106 miles to Chicago, it’s dark, and we’re wearing Sunglasses; An interview with Zoofunkyou

The Sticky Appeal of Tape; The New Analog revival

Being born in 1994, I am one of those kids who grew through the transition from Tape to CD. Growing up, endless car journeys were filled with The Best of the Eagles and Quench by Beautiful South, with a distinctive tape hiss through warm '98 car speakers. That being so, the surge of new artists… Continue reading The Sticky Appeal of Tape; The New Analog revival

Cambria Moon; An interview with Sonja Sleator

In a city of musicians still proudly following the footsteps of the Good vibrations label, Van Morrison's international acclaim, and Experimental rock outfit And So I watch You from Afar's guitar heavy message to the world, it's easy to understate Belfast's knack for hooky, well written indie pop. Case and point being acts like Jealous… Continue reading Cambria Moon; An interview with Sonja Sleator

Album Review; Zoofunkyou Live at the Bottom Lounge, Chicago

“Soul music is about longevity and reaching and touching people on a human level - and that's never going to get lost” This is something that Chicago based Psychedelic Soul/Funk outfit Zoofunkyou, fully understand. A few days ago, Zoofunkyou released Live at the Bottom Lounge, Chicago; a live album recorded on the 27th of October… Continue reading Album Review; Zoofunkyou Live at the Bottom Lounge, Chicago

Theory of Everything; The Benefits of and understanding Music Theory

Name: James Kearney Comment: Hey, so pardon the total noob question, but with music theory being sooooooo expansive, where should one start? If you're a player should you start with learning scales? Sight-reading? Listening for keys? Any advice?   Hi James, That's a very interesting question and one I've been asked a good bit. To answer your… Continue reading Theory of Everything; The Benefits of and understanding Music Theory

Jungle Sounds; An Interview with Ape Rising

I've been looking forward to sitting down and really digesting all of this post for quite a number of days. First off, I have been super inactive due to relocating head office to Belfast and expanding my career horizons, which very well might see me joining a Music school in the coming weeks which will… Continue reading Jungle Sounds; An Interview with Ape Rising

I’m in the Kitchen with the Tombstone blues; An interview with Cooks, But we’re Chefs

By far one of the biggest highlights of my year at home in Cavan was the first year of the Cootehill Arts festival. In its first year, the festival had made me feel more at home in my hometown in one week than the entire past 12 months combined. In one Saturday, in a town… Continue reading I’m in the Kitchen with the Tombstone blues; An interview with Cooks, But we’re Chefs

Music in Context; The flawed concept of Genre

Name: Conor Gaffney Comment: One thing I've been curious about is how concepts from one musical genre can be applied to another, often completely different genre i.e. jazz and metal. How much overlap can there be?   Hi Conor, Thank you for your message. This question raises a very interesting topic but it isn’t really one I… Continue reading Music in Context; The flawed concept of Genre