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Vocalist and songwriter EV on the soundtrack to her life.
What is the first album/single that you ever bought?
First single was Westlife’s cover of Uptown Girl. First album was probably Let Go by Avril Lavigne.
What is your earliest musical memory?
Singing a song called ‘Winnie The Witch’ one Halloween when I was about 5, there is also video evidence of this stunning performance which I hope will never see the light of day.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
I used to try to imitate Dolores O Riordan’s voice from The Cranberries when I was younger so that definitely got me singing a lot. I was lucky to have had a lot of great music teachers in primary/secondary school over the years who appreciated music and encourage people to sing and play music.
Is there a song/band that was introduced to you by someone else?
A former lecturer of mine played a song called ‘Cough Cough’ by Everything Everything a few years ago in college and I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever heard. They remain one of my favourite bands to this day and I’m looking forward to seeing them play the Olympia next February.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
There’s a song by Frightened Rabbit called ‘Poke’ about a failed relationship that every time I hear it I’m in awe of how amazing the lyrics and the delivery of them are.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
There was a lot of Avril Lavigne, Eminem and Christina Aguleira in the early days, but my teens were filled with alt-rock and, dare I say it, emo bands like My Chemical Romance who I was mildly obsessed with for a number of years. Parallel to that, my parents had me listening to the likes of R.E.M., The Smiths and Green Day, so there was a nice sonic balance in the house growing up.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
‘You’re a Germ’ by Wolf Alice. It’s a song that’s very much on the nose of what kind of music I want to write all the time; sweet and angry and raw. Just a great rock tune.
What song transports you back in time and why?
‘Beautiful Day’ by U2 was the first song I ever listened to through headphones. Bit of a life changing moment.
Which song makes you dance when you hear it?
At the moment I’d say Reptilia by The Strokes. I’ve been dancing to that song in Workman’s Club for years but I just recently found the name of it.
What song makes you sad when you hear it?
I’m a pretty emotional human so a lot of songs set me off but if I had to narrow it down I’d probably James Blunt’s ‘Goodbye my Lover’ or ‘Vincent’ by Don McLean.
What was the first gig you went to?
My first proper gig was Paramore at the RDS in 2008. Qued up about 5 hours earlier than necessary and had the best time ever.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
My earliest memory of performing would be that of me singing Shakira’s ‘Underneath Your Clothes’ to my extended family on New Years Eve circa. 2002. My choice of songs to perform at family gatherings has improved since then.
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