As one of Cork’s premier producers and DJs, Colm K knows his way around the world of dance music. His opinions on the subject are a testament to that knowledge.
When asked about his favourite tracks to spin while djing he asserts that “There’s a lot of bland, uninteresting disco re-edits and disco sampling house music these days.” It’s the sort of hot take you need to be able to back up with years of research and countless listening hours. Colm has this in spades. “I’ve been playing the Daft Punk remix of I:Cube’s ‘Disco Cusbizm’ lately and it’s not let me down yet.” Few could disagree with anything that the legendary French duo have touched but choosing something a tad more contemporary is a little trickier. For this Colm recommends “the new Kaidi Thatam LP on First World” or “a lovely soulful record by Sean McCabe called ‘I Wonder’.”
Keeping in line with the ethos of musical discovery that the Sound Lounge event is promoting, details of which are available (and tickets to be won) here, Colm told us about the last time he heard a fantastic tune in a nightclub. He cites “The Gap Band’s ‘Messin’ With My Mind‘, at 7am in club in Berlin a while back. I had never heard that track, despite being a fan of The Gap Band, and I instantly loved it … there’s a great hook in the song. I left the club with it stuck in my mind, only to find the LP the next day when we went record shopping. Fate!”
Colm is set to be one of the event’s featured music collectors and will be sharing some of his favourite records and his thoughts on them with the lucky audience through the custom sound system which has been built specifically for the occasion. So obviously vinyl collecting and record digging are important to the dj, but where did this love start? “It was either Blackstreet – ‘No Diggity’, The Fugees’ ‘Rumble In The Jungle’, or one of the Nuyorican Soul 12 inches – probably ‘It’s Alright I feel It’. Whatever it was, it was bought from Stevie, Jim, or George, in Comet around 1996/7.”
Sharing his thoughts on the current boom of superb musical talent emerging from Cork, his hometown, Colm states that “it’s hard to pick one [artist], but Cork is definitely going through an amazing period for music now. We’ve got JarJarJnr playing at our Sunday Times! 9th birthday next month and he’s been killing it on a hip-hop/beats tip.” Long may it last.
Hennessy Sound Lounge
Colm, alongside DJ John Byrne, is one of the featured collectors at the Hennessy Sound Lounge which takes over Hen’s Teeth on Fade Street, Dublin 2 for seven nights from July 19th – 28th. Together they have created one of the best collections of Irish funk and soul from the 1970s and 1980s.
The Hennessy Sound Lounge features a custom crafted sound system by Toby Hatchett and will host
an eclectic mix of guest music collectors, who will be introducing their favourite records and talking
a bit about them at over seven intimate evenings, where there will be only 12 tickets per night!
The line-up also includes DJ and photographer BP Fallon, singer-songwriter David Kitt and 2018
Choice Music Prize winners Ships. Experimental artist, filmmaker and avid music collector Vivienne
Dick, Paul Diddy, designer at label Luaka Bop and Aisling O’Riordan DJ, promoter and musician with
all-female band Morning Veils are also on the bill.
Tickets costing only €8 plus booking fee include a tasting masterclass with Hennessy Brand Ambassador Paul Tuohy and are available through Eventbrite.