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Songwriting duo Syrens on the soundtrack to their lives
The last song you listened to?
Bríd – ‘Would That I’ by Hozier.
Ella – ‘Zip a dee doo da’ from Song Of The South
What is your earliest musical memory?
Ella – Turning my back on the audience for my first solo performance whike wearing a big princess dress.
Bríd – Learning my scales on piano with my sister.
Do you have a favourite song that was featured in a film or tv show?
Bríd – ‘Stay alive’ by Jose Gonzales features in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Beautiful song 🙂
Ella – ‘Suddenly I see’ KT Tunstall was featured in The Devil Wears Prada.
Is there a song that instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Bríd – Ooh there are so many but I’d have to say a song mine called ‘Dorian’ which I wrote on mother’s day. My mam loves when I play it so I associate it with her.
Ella – most Andrews Sisters songs remind me of dancing with my granny.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Bríd – ‘As the River Flows’ by Walis Bird. Its about the current refugee crisis and its very relevant, powerful and moving.
Ella – ‘Bad bad news’ by Leon Bridges. ‘They tell me I was born to lose but I made a good thing out of bad bad news’ is my favourite line.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Bríd – The Killers would be blaring on every road trip. Hot Fuss is one of my all time favourite albums.
Ella – Queen every morning when I was getting ready for school.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Bríd – ‘Work Song’ by Hozier.
Ella – ‘River’ by Leon Bridges.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Bríd – ‘I took a pill in Ibiza’ reminds me of when I was living by Bondi Beach. It was number one at the time.
Ella – ‘Highway to Hell’ reminds me of my lifts to school 😀
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Bríd – ‘For You’ by Gavin James.
Ella – ‘Baby’ by Justin Beiber breaks my heart.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
Bríd – ‘Dream Catch Me’ by Neuton Faulkner makes me feel really optimistic.
Ella – ‘Simmer’ by Mahalia.
What was the first gig you went to?
Bríd – Original Rude Boys in Kytlers Inn in Kilkenny.
Ella – Alexandra Burke.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
Bríd – ‘Oft in the Stilly Night’ was my audition song for the Thomas Moore competition. Practicing in class was the first time I performed in front of strangers.
Ella – ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ in school.
What was the first album/single that you bought?
Bríd – Hot Fuss by The Killers.
Ella – Drastic Fantastic by KT Tunstall.
Is there a song that you always listen to whilst travelling in the car or on the bus/train?
Bríd – Zephyr Song by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Ella – Ridin’ by Chamillionaire.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Bríd – Hudson Taylor. I learned all their songs on guitar and it made me really improve my skills and get into songwriting.
Ella – KT Tunstall with her shiney silver guitar inspired me to become a musician as a child.
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