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Dan from ambient/post-folk act In The Space Between on the soundtrack to his life
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
The Prodigy – Experience
What is your earliest musical memory?
Listening to Queen on my Walkman when I was going to hospital for a check up, I knew every note of that Greatest Hits tape off by heart and it made every car journey to Dublin bearable.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Freddie Mercury and Jeff Buckley for sure. I used to try and copy their vocals, especially Freddie’s when I was young…and I guess doing that was like training, especially in terms of hitting high notes. I always loved Freddie Mercury’s power and Jeff Buckley’s fragility, but each had an expansive range when singing.
Is there a song/band that you love that was introduced to you by someone else?
Fleet Foxes. My mate Wayne (In The Space Between’s lead guitar) told me to have a listen to their first album when it came out and I haven’t stopped listening. Their albums really go from strength to strength in terms of musicality. Coincidentally, it was also a band that Sam and myself had in common when we started singing together and now all three of us play in the same band so you could say Fleet Foxes brought us together…I guess.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Led Zeppelin’s The Rain Song…I totally have another interpretation of that song than maybe what it was supposed to be but I listened to it the day my Grandfather passed away and it hit me like a hammer. I was mourning, it sounded to me like Robert Plant was also mourning and it felt like the saddest song especially when it hit the “I felt the coldness of my winter, I never thought it would ever go” …was feckin bawling.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
I grew up listening to Queen. My Dad’s influence…the rest of his music choices were and still are pretty shocking but I thank him for his Queen records.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier by Manic Street Preachers, the first time I heard it I thought it was genius. So descriptive in such few lines and only James Dean Bradfield could get away with singing “fake royalty second hand sequin facade” the way he does. And its an awesome way to start a record.
What song transports you back in time and why?
What song transports me back in time: Whenever I hear Born In the USA by Springsteen, I have memories of being in my Granny’s kitchen dancing to Bruce on the telly when no one was watching. Also Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, I can remember listening to my Aunt’s copy of that on vinyl on my Grandad’s record player and secretly singing and dancing to that when I thought no one was around. I was very shy. I danced in secret a lot. …I still do from time to time.
Which song makes you dance when you hear it?
Which song makes you dance when you hear it? David Bowie – Modern Love, jaysus what a tune. I cried a lot listening to this tune when he died. Even at a wedding…well, I was full of booze but I bawled on the dance floor thinking we’d never hear the likes of him again. Embarrassing. What a tune though.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Love Of My Life by Queen. The album version is alright, but the live version from Queen Rock Montreal…Brian May on a 12 string, Freddie by his side, thousands of fans singing with him. Ya can’t bate it.
What was the first gig you went to?
Stain’d…christ almighty. Enough said about that ill chosen birthday present the better.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
First song in my first ever band was Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit, up in the attic of a house in Kildare Town. I belted it out like my life depended on it. First live performance, I think it was Spencer Davis Group – Keep on Running. Always a great way to start a set.
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