For the purpose of this interview, we’ve put together 5 questions to see what reaction we would get from all the acts who took part. Each act were asked the same set of 5 questions and the results are brilliant! We would like to thank all the musicians who took part, as some of the questions might have been difficult to answer.

The Future West

Five piece band from Dundalk, Francis Watters & The Future West, have a wide range of influences from Daft Punk to At The Drive-In, New Order to Ennio Morricone. They’re known to deliver a unique concoction of slacker rock, tangled with Spaghetti Western and fused with SynthWave sounds that wash over you. Formed in late 2015, the band recently launched their debut single “Call Me Stupid” to a sold out Spirit Store. Francis took part in our interview.

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
Personally I think there should be more labels willing to take a chance on unsigned bands. I mean, it’s very hard to get a wide audience to listen to your music if you’re self promoting but with the backing of a label, even if it is a small label, I think unsigned acts such as ourselves will stand a much better chance of grasping and maintaining a loyal audience. Don’t get me wrong, self releasing stuff is great and any band that goes through the stressful effort of doing it deserves a pat on the back but there’s only so much self promotion a band can do before it seems like they’re pestering people to listen to their tunes.

In your opinion who is the worst / most over rated band in the music scene at the moment?
Gonna be a really unpopular answer here but I gotta say Tame Impala. Don’t get me wrong, Kevin Parker writing/recording/producing everything himself is absolutely amazing but to me the music is masked with far too many effects which then makes me think, can he actually write proper music?

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?
Not so much an activity that helps my creativity but I think that every artist should carry a pen and paper with them at all times in case something cool springs to mind. I’ve done it so many times where a lyric or melody comes to mind that I think is really cool and I say to myself “I’ll remember that in the morning.” Never happens. Ever. Some might say “well, then the idea clearly wasn’t good enough if you didn’t remember it.” But how are you supposed to remember it 12 hours later when your brain is constantly active and you have fresh thoughts every second?

You’ve been booked to play a Donald trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?
“Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart – Manic Street Preachers”

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?
Playing an acoustic show in The Spirit Store, Dundalk as support for somebody. Can’t remember who it was but the crowd were just terrible. There’s obviously no problem in having a chat while a gig is on but to not even give the guy on stage a chance when he walks out and just talk obnoxiously loud over them is just rude. I’ve seen it happen in a lot of venues before where the crowd just has no respect for the support act and just speaks over them to the point where they’re actually drowning the music out.


Grace Wilde

North Co. Dublin acoustic duo Grace Wilde are Audrey Fay (vocals & guitar) and Enda Duffy (lead guitar). Blending a bewildering mix of jazz, soul, folk, and rock while keeping their Irish roots, playing both originals and carefully-chosen covers to ever-increasing audiences country wide. Audrey took part in our interview.

https://youtu.be/CqjdfRHvHdM

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
I believe everything is evolving , everything is getting better and everything is good.. The only thing that ever stopped me from making a living from my music was my own thoughts and my own belief that I couldn’t . The only thing that ever needed to change was me.

In your opinion who is the worst / most over rated band in the music scene at the moment?
I don’t think this is a great question so I’m not going to answer it directly if you don’t mind. I don’t think it serves any of us to insult other musicians or artists trying to find their way in the industry. It is challenging for us all out there.. There is a place for us all.

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?
My music is channelled so becoming aware of my thoughts, emotions and surroundings is vital.. I can achieve this through self acceptance usually with Yoga and Naked Dancing, studying the mind and becoming one with my creator is where my creativity lies… challenging but brings great results.

You’ve been booked to play a Donald trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?
Under Your Skin, for sure, everybody needs to hear this song… even Donald Trump.. it can help him too you know.

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?
Oh this had to be back in the early days and my father was in the audience. He was very drunk and was telling everybody to ‘shut the f*ck up and listen to my daughter’. Thankfully he has healed and doesn’t drink anymore.. He didn’t mean it, he’s just my number one fan.


Odibal

Three piece folk ‘n’ roll band Odibal are based in Larne, Northern Ireland. Keni Brownlow (vocals, guitar, percussion), Murray McDowell (vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonica) and Mickey Gorman (vocals, acoustic bass) are know for their high energy foot stomping music. Their song “Sober” made it to the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Competition. Murray took part in our interview.

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
An even pay structure across the board at live music venues would be nice, (if a little unrealistic), we are currently earning LESS per gig than we were 10 years ago. Pay the artists what they’re worth.

In your opinion who is the worst / most over rated band in the music scene at the moment?
Hmmm, don’t like dissing other musicians, and any answer is kinda dependant on musical taste….but for musical ABILITY we reckon Kanye is a tad over rated…

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?
All three of us like being in the great outdoors a lot, it’s inspiration of the highest order. Also, pub life, if you can’t find a song idea in a night out in yer local…..

You’ve been booked to play a Donald trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?
Ooooo….Radiohead’s “Creep” maybe??

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?
Difficult one, …. Spilling a pint into our desk must come close, (it blew up)….. Or maybe the time the venue told us we had to change cos they had a strict ‘no denims’ policy, (we had no other clothes with us).


Ian N. Brennan

North Dublin singer songwriter Ian N. Brennan is currently doing a string of dates around Ireland promoting his latest single ‘Heart To Heart’. Ian is also nominated in this years Pure M awards – Best Newcomer 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/ianbrennanmusic/videos/1749606341945487/

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
I read an article not so long ago which stated that by law, in some countries, radio stations must play at least 70% of home-grown music. In my opinion that’s fucking brilliant, recognition and money.

In your opinion who is the worst / most over rated band in the music scene at the moment?
This country is seriously filled with talent beyond our ears and eyes, we just don’t look enough. But in my opinion it’s Donal Quinn.

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?
Apart from listening to and playing music? I like to watch and play sports. Its a good team effort which really contributes to music. I suppose I’m just f*cking shite at talking about anything else other than football and music.

You’ve been booked to play a Donald trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?
Electric 6 – Gay Bar. Just for the craic.

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?
I remember doing a gig in Leitrim with my old band at a festival, and we got there and there was no engineer or stage, just a P.A system. So I Googled how to become a sound engineer in 10 minutes. It took 40 minutes, but I was happy with the end result.


23

23 is the electronic music project of professional musician Padar Mulvey. Padar takes his influence from the guitar sounds of the 60s & 90s. Debut album ‘Epochal’ is available to pre-order only at the 23 Web Store. Its release date is 31st of October 2016.

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
I don’t think enormous changes are needed in the music industry for musicians to make a living. Small tweaks may be all that’s required. Personally, I think streaming sites should have to pay a certain amount to artists. They shouldn’t be allowed decide the price. It should be worked out between all parties involved. No matter who the artist is or what their background is, every streaming service should be paying more to artists. Also, an independent artist on every concert bill held in Ireland would be a huge help to the artist. The live royalties alone would go a long way in helping the artist. There’s the same old subject of more radio play but I don’t think that will ever change.

In your opinion who is the worst / most over rated band in the music scene at the moment?
Not sure about calling out bands as the worst or overrated. Its probably just a difference in music taste. I’ll pick Kodaline as a band that are the opposite to what I want from music. I don’t get the hype at all but that’s just me I suppose.

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?
I design websites for musicians and small businesses. That keeps the creativity clock ticking. I also do music videos, but I prefer the websites.

You’ve been booked to play a Donald trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?
Jaysus! Who took that booking? Firstly, I’d get paid before I played. Then I’d just put the circus theme song on a loop. Maybe get a clown to dance around the place.

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?
I don’t remember too many bad experiences if any really. Having to play ‘Wagon Wheel’ one night was a pretty horrific experience for all involved. Horrible horrible song to have to play.


Sovereign Slang

Four piece Sovereign Slang are an upcoming rock band from Nenagh, Ireland. The energetic rock band has many elements of music infused in the style, including funk, punk & psychedelic rock.

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
We think in today’s music industry there’s an unfair distribution of opportunities for the artists, looking at the top of the chain it’s evident to see how some very successful artists have ghost writers who are essentially people in suits churning out factory processed “hits”. The gap between those and grass root bands is huge and an almost impossible task to reach that far. If grants and more opportunities were provided to bands helping them record and publicise their music it might help the music industry return to its former glory of art over money. Those who work hard and are deserving of attention should come to the forefront more.

In your opinion who is the worst/most overrated band in the music scene at the moment?
Music taste has always been a matter of opinion and interpretation and we don’t think it’s possible to overrate music even with the number of shit bands today *cough* Coldplay *cough*

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?
We each have our own individual personal interests outside of the band, for example Twitchy likes to read autobiographies of other artists which inspire him greatly like Bob Dylan, James Brown, Ian Curtis and Jim Morrison; Luke enjoys watching classic movies; Dave enjoys drawing and writing; and Ronan enjoys staying active. We all like doing things together too but mostly the music comes when we least suspect it, it’s never forced and comes naturally.

You’ve been booked to play a Donald Trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?
He’s an asshole and we’d never support him but in this hypothetical situation we’d play something f*cking insane and go crazy, play one of our own songs like Acid Hangover or Streets. Who knows? Maybe even Lay all your love on me by ABBA.

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?
We’ve had a couple of faux pas at a couple of our gigs, stuff like Dave dehydrating or Ronan breaking his snare or the sound guys f*cking up and not plugging everything in properly, but we’d all agree the worst experience had to be one time we were playing at a bar across from a funeral parlour and had to cut the gig halfway through for waking the dead. Disheartening as hell and we never got paid but we can all look back on it as a learning experience.


Philip Quinn

Manchester singer songwriter Philip Quinn broke away from ‘Little Volcanoes’ to take on his solo project, with a new album on the way, Philip is about to release his new single ‘Its a Bitch to Love a Hedonist’. Check out his latest single release ‘You Smell Like a Festival’ and his video ‘No Wonder’ below. Catch Phil live in The Eagle Inn, Manchester for Scruff of the Neck records on the 8th of September.

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
I think people can still can make a living but it is so much harder now – but you need to play live more and more for starters – which is ok by me but making money from the releases is near impossible. I’d like to see a fairer deal from the social media platforms for a start. I make an ok amount of money from music at the moment but I think the social media platforms offer a really poor deal. Didn’t Portishead get £2k for their new album from iTunes or spotify or someone.? Anyway – yeah – pay the f*cking bands more – haha.

In your opinion who is the worst / most over rated band in the music scene at the moment?
Sorry, gonna dodge naming any one directly (sorry) but I think most of what I call Millennial music has been very timid so far. Music needs the sex drugs and rock and roll back. Its all a bit too PC and safe. Its what I call music for the New world order……behaved and lacking in rebellion… We need the bands to ditch the skinny jeans, white t-shirts and big glasses and start looking like f*cking freaks again. The day people/labels and whoever started getting indie bands to appeal to the Ibiza crowd it went shit.

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?
Drugs mainly. hahaha – no just joking. Just taking in life – you know. I’m proper into God and the Devil as things to express in my own way too at the moment. The rise of the social justice warriors is pretty fascinating aswell. I write about my friends a lot too – they are a constant source of things to write about coz they’re really colourful people….never short of inspiration

You’ve been booked to play a Donald trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?
I’d write a song about seeing through all this bull shit and to say we know the election was f*cking rigged from the start. I’d be singing a song at him basically calling him a c*nt. And all his mates are c*nts too. Plus Hilary Clinton. Or maybe Pretty Vacant by the Pistols. Anyway – As long as they all knew my feelings about how I think Trump and the whole political process is an act, a sham… Its all a soap opera so screw them anyway – Or maybe Jarvis Cocker’s (C*nts are still running the world) – that would be a good one.

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?
Getting bottled by this woman wasn’t nice. I was playing the guitar aswell. Couldn’t get my hands up quick enough. In London which is usually a great place for me to play. I got paid off £75 to not sue the venue by the promoter which for me then, was like being a millionaire so I took it. Just went to the hospital, got patched up and then played in Brighton the next day. Stitches kept bursting at each town…..I actually just toured the A&E depts, so it seemed – haha.


The Jaffa Cakes

Dublin based trio The Jaffa Cakes, play a mix of original arrangements of the most popular songs from blues, funk and the jazz genre. Singer Plinny and pianist Dario took the interview challenge.

What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?

Dario: More promotion for instrumentals.

Plinny: Respect for musicians. We are still considered like people that are not taking the life seriously…(actually, that’s the secret).

In your opinion who is the worst / most overrated band in the music scene at the moment?

Dario: Nowadays the worst or best bands of this week will be replaced the next week with others, and so forth. Also, genres of music are millions, some of them are impossible to compare. The term “best” or “worst” is absolutely relative to audiences/commerce/music industry.

Plinny: Do you want me to write names? I don’t want enemies…or, is this what this challenge is about?

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your creativity?

Dario: Personally, I’d like to push for enlarging connections between live music and all the other forms of art or cultural expressions.

Plinny: Enjoy life, staring at sun and stars, laying on the beach, cycling at the park, swimming, meeting people around and know something about their lives.

You’ve been booked to play a Donald trump rally. There’s no backing out. What song do you play?

The Jaffa Cakes will play “mad world” – Tears for Fears.

What’s the worst experience you ever had in a venue while playing a gig?

Dario: Power black out.

Plinny: A crazy sound engineer touching randomly the mixer so I cannot hear my musicians while playing…a real nightmare!!!


If you would like to take part in our next round of questions fire us an email at info@puremzine.com

Pure M magazine - Ireland's music news magazine, covering music reviews, features, interviews + movies, games and Irish cultural topics. Contact us: info@puremzine.com