Dublin A/V duo Clu return with new music next month in the form of the Mood EP on Gobstopper Records on 18th November 2016.

The partnership between musician Sean Cooley and visual artist Kevin Freeney is clear through ‘Mood2098’, a track of garbled synth-driven electronics that while it features English language vocals, often sounds like its own mode of expression. That track is juxtaposed with Freeney’s visual of effects and human-body contorted textures. Janna Kemperman collaborates on the visual element.

The band say:

“This EP is simply a journey through our emotions. Trying to get at certain things that cannot be put across without music and visuals, a different place, each having its own identity. One for some is the empty feeling you go through after a breakup. For another is for the fact that you go through life cherry picking people to stay with you in your team, out of the endless cycle of people who don’t give back. Its also is the creation of a character entitled – MOOD. The idea for the character is one of fun and expression, we can create a character based from every aspect of the art from this project for this project. To create with a character opens up so many possibilities.”


01. MOOD2098
02. Okami
03. Long Lost Motion
04. Trance Lament

Posted on October 19th, 2016


When Boiler Room first came to Dublin last year, it’s first night was centred around grime music, which isn’t exactly representative of the city’s music scene.

However, there are a small pocket of producers and MCs making music that could be characterised as grime and you can imagine with the rise of Skepta and the general UK grime resurgence that could be also felt here in the coming years.

While we wait for that, Wriggle put together a snapshot of grimey bass music made here (incorporating grime, footwork and dubstep) from artists like Major Grave, CLU, Wastefellow, Aaron Darkimh, Shriekin, TRYTRYDIEDOWN, Auxiliary Phoenix, Cnámha, Ian Nyquist Ozwald & Daddy’s Grrl.

It’s all instrumental.

Posted on October 10th, 2016


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The Peace Pagoda at Electic Picnic in the Healing Area of Body&Soul at the festival offers a programme of ambient and electronic music an alternative music sanctuary.

As well as music, there’s also talks, yoga, workships, projection mapping and light installations.

The area is curated by Kevin A Freeney (CLU) & Algorithm and will feature live and DJ sets from Sias, Clu, No Place Like Drone, Emmet Homebeat, Discotekken’s Papa Lou, Frankie Grimes and Paper Trail Records.


Paper Trail Records
Emmet Homebeat
Elrap & Zukat
Optical Flow


The Dead Sex
Quaker Meeting
No Place Like Drone


Frankie Grimes
Papa Lou
A Gorilla

To give you a flavour of what to expect, John Kowalski (Solar Bears) under the name Alchimie put together a mix of music for the Peace Pagoda Mix Series.

Track listing for the Mantra Mix

Ex Confusion – When I Think Of You
Brian Eno – Always Returning
Christian Chevalier – Sea Bird Fly
Death in Vegas – Drone Reich
Bibio – Mind Bokeh
Boards of Canada – Tears From The Compound Eye
Alan Feanch – Arpegiarum 2
Gas – Zauberberg 1
Lone – Hiraeth
Ulf Lohmann – Java
PVT – Ziggurat
Death in Vegas – FUR 74

Posted on August 4th, 2016



Dublin A/V duo Clu specialise in electronic bass and dance music paired with tripped-out visuals. They’ve form in the field (‘Mirrors’).

For their latest project, they’ve taken inspiration the Vangelis music and visuals of Blade Runner, the iconic dystopian sci-fi film by Ridley Scott, morphing both mediums in atmosphere to create something their own – that sounds like a video game soundtrack and looks like a fractal-virus.

Download the track:

Posted on March 23rd, 2016



Today Clu were announced as an addition to the Body&Soul area at Electric Picnic, which as anyone who has seen the Dublin duo’s live A/V show will attest, will be a suitable booking for such an vibrant and electric festival area.

For their latest track, they’ve put a murky aquatic bass-heavy twist on FKA Twigs’ ‘Glass & Patron’. Just watch that GIF above rotate to this. It’s a beaut.

Grab the free download too.

Posted on July 28th, 2015

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Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


The pairing of music and visuals is something I’ve always enjoyed but the concept of a music video has obviously changed in the last ten years. There are of course, still concepts, themes, ideas, techniques and executions that lift a song into another realm but there’s also so much video content out there now, that there are plenty of live video and TV performances, vignettes, parodies, and short documentaries around music that did the same thing a music video is supposed to do: to put the artist in front of more people. Here are 20 of my favourite “music videos” of this year.

Hit page 3 for a Youtube playlist.

20. DJ Rashad – ‘She A Go’

Video by: Peter Greenless

The world sadly lost the Chicago footwork DJ Rashad this year to drugs. His music existed in a discombobulating place alongside his partner Spinn. This fan-video for ‘She A Go’ used stock video footage of office life to do the same thing constructing a hyper-real experience in the process.

19. Angel Olsen – ‘Hi-Five’

Video by: Zia Anger

The singer Angel Olsen returned with Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her second album, which had a throwback rock feel. Suitably, the video feels like its beamed from another time via its filmic cinematography and Olsen’s movements specifically are inspired by choreographed studio performances from female pop stars of old, of which the director said “were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar. The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured. The song ‘Hi-Five’ seems to contain the same sort of duality.”

18. Ibeyi – ‘River’

Video by: Ed Morris

The recent introduction of the Chromecast to the home entertainment system has meant more space and time for music videos on a larger screen. After seeing these girls perform at Other Voices last week, I watched this video again, noticing how the French-Cuban twins are held down by male hands under water, how they hold their breath for long periods of time, the dead-eyed stare and the on-time lip syncing at the centre of all of this deceptively simple concept.

17. Compassion Crew – ‘Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art’

Video by: Simon Landrein

Dance music can be a perfect vehicle for a wide-open music video narrative and Simon Landrein lets his animation and imagination run wild on a stylistic train journey full of suggestion to match the chugging rough house track from the Irish producer.

16. Clu – ‘Mirrors’

Video by: Kevin Freeney

The Dublin duo of Sean Cooley and Kevin A. Freeney, Clu, have always put their electronic music and visual work on a par and on ‘Mirrors’, they’ve nailed both. It’s a complementary collaboration that transcends a typical visual tacked on to music setup. The video directed by Freeney serves as a chassis for a potent mix of music (an amalgamation of bass / garage / post-dubstep) , visual (cinematic sumptuous imagery), interpretive dancing and colour that makes for an impressive display of art in total.

15. Katharine Phillippa – Live at TedX

Video by: TedXStormont

The Belfast-based musician performs two songs with the help of a loop station, a bow, a drum, a keyboard, a laptop and an author’s intensity that leaps through the screen.

14. John Grant – ‘Glacier’

Video by: Jubilee Starter

With the upcoming Marriage Referendum in May next year, single-sex marriage will go to a public vote. It’s an incremental attempt at recognising the rights of the people in this country and should pass because who are you or are I to say to someone – “no, you’re love is not the same as mine” or “no, your love is not valid” or “no, your love isn’t something to be celebrated or recognised.”

In that context, ‘Glacier’, a song from the gentle giant John Grant who has battled with his identity and control and who has been made to feel bad for who he is, eloquently addresses those struggling with their sexual identity – “This pain, it is a glacier moving through you, carving out deep valleys and creating spectacular landscapes,” goes the chorus.

The video serves as a brief history lesson of the journey for that recognition of gay rights over the years juxtaposing chronological footage of the American gay rights movement, newspaper headlines, and pop culture to leave you with a stirring narrative of the journey so far. Here you can donate to the Marriage Equality campaign for 2015.

13. Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck’

Video by: Ben Dickinson at Ghost Robot.

There’s a wrong decision at every turn. This video shows the possibilities.

12. Ratking – ‘Canal’

Video by: Eric K

A video that simultaneously captures the grimey decay of New York City while making the trio look cool as fuck.

11. We Are Shining feat. Eliza Doolittle – ‘Killing’

Video by: unknown. Knife thrower: John Taylor. Dancer: Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus,

Can you watch this without losing your shit?

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Posted on December 17th, 2014


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As is my annual tradition, the Nialler9 Readers’ Poll in association with Tower Records is back for its ninth year. Once again, I’m looking to find out what Irish albums and songs didn’t leave your stereo, phone, playlists and beyond. I also want to know what gigs, remixes, club nights and more floated your boat in 2015. There are prizes too courtesy of Tower Records, Dawson Street, Dublin and more..

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


Nialler9’s top 25 Irish albums of 2014

  1. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – Rusangano Family
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  3. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  4. Lethal Dialect – 1988
  5. Hozier – Hozier
  6. Seán Mac Erlaine – A Slender Song
  7. We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
  8. Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
  9. Daithi – In Flight
  10. Shit Robot – We Got A Love
  11. Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night 
  12. Paddy Hanna – Leafy Stiletto
  13. Hands Up Who Wants To Die – Vega In The Lyre
  14. Sea Pinks – Dreaming Tracks
  15. Deaf Joe – From The Heights Of A Dream
  16. I Heart The Monster Hero – Rhythm & Pals
  17. Windings / LandLovers –  Split LP
  18. SlowPlaceLikeHome – Romola
  19. The #1s – The Number Ones
  20. Adrian Crowley – Some Blue Morning
  21. Rhob Cunningham – The Window and Day
  22. Ginnels – A Country Life
  23. So Cow – The Long Con
  24. Women’s Christmas – Too Rich For Our Blood
  25. Jennifer Evans – Works From the Dip and Foul

Nialler9’s top 50 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  4. Clu – ‘Mirrors’
  5. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  6. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’
  7. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – ‘Standard’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  9. Rocstrong – ‘Go Head’
  10. UNKNWN – ‘Devil’
  11. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  12. Planet Parade – ‘You’ll Be Sorry’
  13. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  14. Dear Desert – ‘Give it Up’
  15. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  16. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  17. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’
  18. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  19. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  20. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  21. The Casanova Wave – ‘New Sensation’ (feat. Biggles Flys Again)
  22. Gaze Is Ghost – ‘Revolvere’
  23. Lethal Dialect x JackKnife J – ‘Headstrong’
  24. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad’
  25. Augustus and John – ‘Crosslines’
  26. Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  27. Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You’
  28. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  29. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’
  30. Bicep & Hammer – ‘Icebowl’
  31. little xs for eyes’ ‘Love Gets Lost’
  32. Loah – ‘Cortège’
  33. Floor Staff – ‘The Guest’
  34. Sea Pinks – ‘Dream Happening’
  35. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  36. The #1s – ‘Heartsmash’
  37. Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
  38. The Hard Ground – ‘Deep in Green’
  39. Revin Goff – ‘Salthill’
  40. Shookrah – ‘Woman’
  41. Spies’ – ‘Moosehead’
  42. We Cut Corners – ‘Every Thief’
  43. Sleep Thieves – ‘City Of Hearts’
  44. SOAK – ‘Blud’
  45. Daithí feat. Jesse Boykins III – ‘Have To Go’
  46. The Minutes – ‘Cherry Bomb’
  47. Sissy – ‘No Mickey on the Mouse’
  48. Costello, Captain Moonlight, Linco, Reece, and Temper-Mental MissElayneous – ‘The Art Of The Clash’
  49. Imploded View – ‘Flutter Funk’
  50. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’


Posted on December 11th, 2014


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour.

For the first time, I had guests on the show last night. Clu joined by in hour two to talk about their upcoming Fringe show on Saturday night.


  1. The 2 Bears  – ‘Not This Time’
  2. Theophilus London –  ‘Tribe’ (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
  3. Flying Lotus  – ‘Never Catch Me’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  4. SBTRKT  – ‘Higher’ (feat. Raury)
  5. Au Revoir Simone –  ‘Love You Don’t Know Me’ (I Am The Cosmos Remix)
  6. TV on the Radio –  ‘Happy Idiot’
  7. My Brightest Diamond  – ‘Lover Killer’
  8. Mansionair –  ‘Hold Me Down’
  9. Anna of the North – ‘Sway’
  10. letthemusicplay  – ‘Our Town’ (Joe Goddard Dub) [feat. Kate Tempest]
  11. Dimman –  ‘SIGMAL’
  12. Real Lies –  ‘North Circular’


  1. Clu  – ‘Zenith’
  2. *Interview with Clu* (Clu –  ‘Mirrors’  in background)
  3. Clu –  ‘Odds 4’
  4. Objekt –  ‘Ganzfeld’ (Clu’s new music pick)
  5. Weval –  ‘Detian’
  6. Les Sins –  ‘Bother’
  7. Aphex Twin –  ‘minipops 67’ [120.2][source field mix]
  8. QT  – ‘Hey QT’

Clu interview

Posted on September 12th, 2014


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Tuesday September 9

  • Maud In Cahoots – The Well Rested Terrorist @ Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre (€11-€16 until Saturday)
    [Fringe Festival]  “This concert / play explores the line between fear and action, desire and fulfilment, fame and infamy.”

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Sunday September 14

  • Smithfield Market Square @ The Generator, Smithfield (Free, Noon)
    [Market] With live bands from 2pm and more. Louisiana 6 Skiffle Band, Miss Truly Band and Revolver DJs.
  • Guinness Amplify @ venues around Leinster
    [Pub gigs]  See guinnessamplify.com for full listings.
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Whelan’s (€15)
    [Indie/post-punk] Glasgow band return with their third album.
  • Otherkin, Color/Sound @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€5)
    [Indie/rock] As part of AMA Emerging Tour 2014
  • Deep Aerobics @ Meeting House Square (€16)
    [Fringe Festival] The warmup for The Knife returns for a solo show. New York-based choreographer Miguel Gutierrez

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Monday September 15

  • Life Has Surface Noise @ Project Arts Centre (€14)
    [Fringe Festival]  Siobhán Kane explore our obsession with music and why some records remain dear to us throughout our lives. With broadcaster and writer John Kelly, music enthusiasts Peter Toomey and Daragh O’Halloran, award-winning writer Kevin Barry and some surprise guests.

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Posted on September 9th, 2014


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After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.

St. Vincent

St Vincent St Vincent

Foals crowd


Kelis dances during ‘Trick Me’


How to dance to Mogwai




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Posted on September 4th, 2014


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Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.

500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).

Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.

The bands

A Lazarus Soul
Benny smiles
Brian Casey
Buffalo Sunn
Buffalo Woman
Carried By Waves
Ciaran Lavery
Cloud Castle Lake
Color Sound
Columbia Mills
Conor Walsh
Deaf Joe
Dear Desert
Death In The Sickroom
DVO Marvell
Eamon bode
Elaine Mai
Elastic Sleep
Eoin Dolan
Fallen Rule
Floor Staff
Florence Olivier
Frankenstein Bolts
Ghost Estates
God Knows + mynameisjOhn
Hare Squead
His New Atlas
Hugh Hick
I have a tribe
I’m Your Vinyl
Imploded View
Jet Setter
little xs for eyes
Liza Flume
Low Sea
Maija Sofia
Maud in Cahoots
Me & My Dog
Me Auld Flower
Mere Moths
Myles Manley
Neon Atlas
Old Hannah
Paddy Hanna
Planet Parade
Red Queen Contest
Satori Je
Sleep Mc Evox
Tell No Foxx
The Academic
The Bedroom
The Black Sea Fleet
The Boxing Plot
The Clameens
The Debutantes
The Hard Ground
The Late David Turpin
The Loafing Heroes
The Magpies
The Pale
The Run Ons
The Shaker Hymn
The Statics
The Vincent(s)
Tino Ras
Val Normal
Vann Music
Walpurgis Family
Wild Promises
Yes Cadets


The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.


Weekend Tickets €45 + fees, Nightly Tickets €20

HWCH is also supported by The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.

Posted on August 13th, 2014


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When they first appeared, Clu, Sean Cooley and Kevin A. Freeney billed themselves as an A/V duo, which seemed like more of an ambitious mantle, music + live visuals essentially. But, over the course of the last few years, the guys have shown that they meant it through live visual mixes and a burgeoning marriage of both mediums.

With their new video for ‘Mirrors’, the two mediums are definitely on par with each other, working coherently together to transcend a typical visual tacked on to music setup. The video directed by Freeney serves as a chassis for a potent mix of music (an amalgamation of bass / garage / post-dubstep) , visual (cinematic sumptuous imagery), interpretive dancing and colour that makes for an impressive display of art in total.

The song ‘Mirrors’ features on Clu’s upcoming Gems EP, out August 22nd ( Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland) , 25th August (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey and the Uk) and 26th of August (Rest of World).


Posted on August 13th, 2014



Despite the capacity increase of about 8,000 tickets, Electric Picnic sold out yesterday.

I mean, you can see why.

It was also announced that Red Bull Music Academy returns this year. A full lineup will be announced but names include Boddika, Joy Orbison, Dark Sky, Sunil Sharpe, Dorian Concept, Rift, CLU, Republik DJs, Kobina, Handsome Paddy and Colm K.

If you’re one of the unlucky procrastinators, keep an eye out on #ticketfairy, toutless.com or perhaps the only legit way left to get in, by cycling 80km for charity – Tour De Picnic.

Photo from our Electric Picnic GIFs last year.

Posted on August 1st, 2014


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Most festivals sell themselves on that special moment, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the performer that will do something that you’ll remember forever that can only happen that weekend. Most festivals in Ireland take place about hour from the Red Cow though.

Festivals have matured in the last 15 years. Electric Picnic/Oxegen once felt like the apex of what a festival can be but then we discovered, perhaps a better idea is to go smaller rather than bigger? To cater for a few, than for all? Castlepalooza,  Airbound, Valentia Island, Vantastival, Knockanstockan and Barndance are some who have catered successfully to specific tastes and audiences.

Even smaller though? How about a festival on an island populated by 257 people in a remote part of the west coast of Ireland? Welcome to Drop Everything, a festival that asks more of its attendees than most. There’s the journey. By ferry or by plane (if you’ve got eight people to charter one that is) is the only way to get to Inis Oírr off the coast of Galway, on the edge of the Atlantic.

Then there’s the experience. The first Drop Everything took place in May 2012. The second edition takes place this month from Friday 23rd  to Sunday May 25th. Diversity is the key but creativity is common. Much of what takes place won’t be announced in advance but you can expect an emphasis on creators and creativity: live performances, talks, visual art, design, contemporary culture, an island-inspired cocktail bar, observatories, DJs and whatever you’re having yourself.

Drop Everything is limited to the 277 funders who helped make it happen. 277 descend on an island of 257.

Performers and participants are coming from New York, London, Berlin, Reykjavík, Stockholm and Ireland. Known participants include a midnight performance from Clu, Swedish musician  Molly Nilsson, Grand Budapest Hotel lead designer Annie Atkins, silkscreen workshop by Lukas Julius Keijser, the ambitious 4 Bothies project, New York artist Sougwen, fashion designers Starstyling, Maynooth electronic producer EMBRZ, Dublin café The Fumbally, Galway eatery Ard Bia, and…, well, let’s not spoil the surprise that awaits (but if you want to).

Mary Nally is the festival’s chief organiser and as well as the first edition of Drop Everything, she put on No Way Back, which took place in a NAMAfied leisureplex last August as well as Steffi and Virginia on on Inis Oírr and most recently No Way Back NYC.

I asked her to tell me a bit more about the festival, but not too much. Her music playlist for Drop Everything follows.

Let’s go back to before Drop Everything started. What brought you to the idea of the event? Were there festivals you’d attended that inspired you?

I sort of feel like the idea was always there. One of many. Before this event I’d run a small visual art festival and a fair few parties in Galway for a few years so in a way it was sort of an evolution of that.

As for other festivals and events that inspire(d) me, there definitely is, but not in the ‘I want to recreate that’ sense, just in a more general professionalism, design, deliverance and vibe sense, the huge ones like Sonar, Iceland Airwaves, the Venice Biennale are the main ones that spring to mind, but I have no desire to create something enormous or be on a level like that.

There’s a festival called Lunga, in a small town that I used to live in called Seyðisfjörður in the North East of Iceland, that is probably closest in style and concept. I haven’t actually been to the festival I just heard about it from pals there after, but it’s weird cos it seems totally similar and they’ve started a school, which I’d love to do. I gotta go meet them I think. Maybe we could do a ‘twinned with’ vibe like they did with every town in Ireland that time.

Anyway, aside from that and the big stuff it’s really just inspired by everything and everyone, every experience, every randomer I meet, every underground club night and high end speakeasy, every piece of theatre or new city, and the island, islands, the ocean, whatever. All tiny little bits.

If you’re not coming just because you decided to back an idea, cancel everything and go to an island for no other reason than you’re up for a random adventure and want to see/hear/taste/kiss/experience something or someone new or interesting than it’s probably not for you.

You spoke before about a plan to emigrate, is that something you’re considering still? As someone who is not going anywhere, it’s heartening to see  creativity flourish here…

I will never not consider it. I love Ireland and it wrecks my head in equal measures, but anywhere will if you stay there long enough. It’s an incredible base though, geographically speaking. So that works for me. And I am finding it quite interesting right now so I might see about doing something a little more established here for a little while. Might.

How has the experience of Drop Everything affected your view of Ireland and your own place in it?

Maybe I fell in love with the idea of Ireland? But as usual ideas are just that, then reality kicks in and it’s a disaster of bankers and whatnot and it’s all demented and overwhelming. And I find it very overwhelming and confusing, but ya know, in our own small way we can create a moment and maybe those moments can become movements. And I think the moments are worth making. So that’s my place. I think.

What draws me to a festival like this is the growing community of creatives in different fields who are interested in getting involved, doing and attending. Has that been your perspective?

Always and only. I’m interested in the crossover of skills and the ways we can help each other out and make new shit. The old and the new.

A fisherman can appreciate contemporary art just as an artist can appreciate a fisherman’s work.

How does the dichotomy of putting a forward thinking new festival on an traditional and individual island work? It seems there would be clash in ideals and culture? How does the meeting of those two groups bring a benefit to each other do you think?

Is it forward thinking? Is it a festival? Or is it just a gathering of people who want to do stuff and make things and meet new people. If there was a clash I wouldn’t do it, the locals are my first priority, if they aren’t into it I certainly won’t be, this is their home and I’m fucked if I’m gonna rock in all mad ideas and not include them. People are people, a fisherman can appreciate contemporary art just as an artist can appreciate a fisherman’s work. The understanding and appreciation between different worlds is what it’s about.

I like the idea of not announcing too much of the activities/lineup in advance, how much will you be giving away and how much room is there for surprises?

Yeah the lineup should be irrelevant. If you’re not coming just because you decided to back an idea, cancel everything and go to an island for no other reason than you’re up for a random adventure and want to see/hear/taste/kiss/experience something or someone new or interesting than it’s probably not for you. Dja know?

It’s really about the idea behind the event as opposed to the specifics of what’s happening, I would hope to develop a level of trust with the funders, and that they would believe I create and interesting lineup / set up, but you know, we won’t know until 2016…

How many people do you have helping you?

Síomha Nee, my family, her family, our pals, Pat Neary, Kevin Hughes, Amelia Colleran, Aoibheann MacNamara, Mick Murray, the Islanders, all the participants that agreed to participate, two interns, a few volunteers and currently 277 funders. So yea, a few like.

What would you like people to do off their own backs when they get there?

Be sound and be safe. Mind their pals, meet new pals.

What do you hope people get out of it?

A decent memory that makes them scream laughing when trying to re-tell it. Obvz.

Drop Everything Playlist

‘So this is a playlist of a combination of what I listened to organising both this and the last DE and tracks from some of the artists who participated in both.”

Track 1. The Gloaming – Samhradh Samhradh
For a number of reasons, but mostly cos I’ve listened to it on repeat and its title and lyrics work for our time of year. Plus it’s only right to start with a bita Irish.
Track 2. Múm – Oh How The Boat Drifts
Again the title works a dream, also Silla and Gunni of Múm performed this is the tiny side bar of Tigh Ruairi’s to an audience of 3 locals and 7 stragglers the monday after DE12.

Track 3. Sóley – Smashed Birds
Another Icelander and the track that snapped me into making DE happen, I had her booked before I had the island approached. The first act I ever asked to be involved.

Track 4.  Future Islands – Balance
Who I discovered organising the first edition, obviously the title drew me to them, and what a find. On The Water was my no.1 go to album for 2012 and without a doubt Singles is this years.

Track 5.  Molly Nilsson – Lend Me Your Love
I was struggling to find the right fit for a slot this year, normally I just happen upon what’s gonna happen so it was weird to have to make a conscious decision to seek out an act via the internet or recommendation. Anyway I’d tried that and wasn’t working for me so I hit up my pals site Fractured Air and just decided to play their mixes and see if anything grabbed me. This song did.

Track 6. Colm K – The Attic 
He’s DJing on the Saturday night and this track is just a beaut.

Track 7. White Collar Boy – Another Way
The boys kindly let us use this track for our little promo video, and if we’re lucky we might hit them for one or two more on the island.

Track 8. New Jackson – The Night Mail 
It’s too good. And he was our intern in 2012.

Track 9.  Molly Nilsson – Atlantic Tales
The title says enough.

Track 10. Heatwave – Forever, Murat Tepeli (Prosumer’s Hold Me Touch Me Remix) 
The garden in Tigh Neds. Steffi & Virginia. Someone saves the right speaker of the soundsystem and this drops.

Track 11., The Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
The less we say about it the better.

Photos: Karen O’Callaghan.

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Posted on May 14th, 2014


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Tuesday April 15th

  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic/folk] Long running night.

Wednesday April 16th

Thursday April 17th

Good Friday April 18th


  • Barn Dance VII @ Secret location (€60, BYOB)
    Krystal Klear, Fritz Kalkbrenner, The Minutes, ShedJamie Jones, DJ Yoda and more.

Easter Saturday April 19th


  • Phaseone Festival @ The Dock, Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim (€25 per day / €60 weekend)
    Electronic arts and music festival. Sid Le Rock, White Collar Boy Boat Party, SertOne, Clu, Hidden Agenda, Imploded View, Nialler9.
  • Airbound Festival @ On A Boat, London (£30)
    Lasertom, TR-One, Get Down Edits, Shocko, Adultrock, L’il Dave, Chewy ,Sorca Lou and more

Easter Sunday April 20th


  • Phaseone Festival @ The Dock, Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim (€25 per day / €60 weekend)
    Electronic arts and music festival. Terranova, Andrea Parker, Daithí, Donal Dineen, King Kong Company, Nanu Nanu

Monday April 21st

    • Day of rest. Amen


Posted on April 15th, 2014


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