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Meet: The X Collective – A new project from Zapho & Oíche Events featuring 70 Irish artists including Tolu Makay, Shookrah, Gemma Bradley, Shy Mascot & many more

Meet: The X Collective – A new project from Zapho & Oíche Events featuring 70 Irish artists including Tolu Makay, Shookrah, Gemma Bradley, Shy Mascot & many more

The X Collective is a brand new Irish arts project which will connect an impressive roster of Irish musicians and creatives from across a broad spectrum of media.

Co-founded by Ele Breslin (Zapho) and Emily Shaw (Oíche Events), this new creative collective aims to push its roster of artists and industry heads to collaborate with one another.

Simultaneously, the collective will allow artists to gain further exposure (through mutual association) and have further access to much-needed resources – all pooled between the collective’s near 70 total members.

The X Collective just announced their full roster of musicians in a Youtube video, embedded below.


A statement from the project’s two co-founders on the creative ethos which shall underpin the Collective’s work was given to us, saying :

“The collective will aim to highlight a diverse range of social, political and musical ideas from the perspective of our amazing talented group of artists. Ranging in topics such as gender imbalance of women in music, living in LGBT Ireland, having both African/Irish Identity, the housing crisis, musicians and mental health, basic survival skills for self-employed musicians, collaboration, community, cross-promotion etc “.

The pairing of those artists; Shiv, Shookrah, Zapho, Elkae, Tolu Makay to name but a few, with such a positive and social responsible creative ethos is a seriously exciting prospect.

We’re highly anticipating the collective’s first release, which is due out this summer.

The music industry has been hit hard by the restrictions that are in place today with the news of cancelled gigs and events. Now seems like no better time to join together, encourage and launch this collective as we had originally intended prior to Covid-19, and to open up a space where collaboration is possible and creatives can continue to create. The X Collective will see each artist collaborate with a fellow musician to create original songs, passing it on to our creatives to package the product which we will then release via the collective and promote as a community. Under the current climate these collaborations will be from a distance.” 

“The collective will aim to highlight a diverse range of social, political and musical ideas from the perspective of our amazing talented group of artists.”

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