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Keith from electro/indie/pop act Sleep Thieves on the soundtrack to his life
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
The first Album I ever bought was Dig your own hole by the Chemical Brothers.
I was lucky up until this point to have a mother who was a radio producer. She would gather up
any music that was sent to her that wasn’t suitable for her show and bring them home to me.
It was usually far better than anything they played on that station anyway.
What is your earliest musical memory?
I have two pretty early musical memories
One is of my dad sitting beside my cot playing guitar and singing to me.
The other is what I called the frog song for years but was actually we all stand together by Paul McCartney. There was a small record player in my room as a baby and they apparently played it to get me to sleep. (There is a picture of my cot and the record player, it’s how I know all this, memory not that great since my teenage years)
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Not particularly. I was kind of a late bloomer to playing music. My dad was a guitar player and singer but
never pushed me into it, probably a good thing in hindsight. I started learning guitar first because a lot of my friends were picking up different instruments and we formed a band mainly playing heavy stuff. I started listening to more and more electronic music and started making stuff on fruity loops. Bjork was probably a big influence at that time. Same with Radiohead. Big fan of artists that aren’t afraid to change it up.
Is there a song/band that you love that was introduced to you by someone else?
A friend of mine Owen Daly in college made me a minidisc of Dub Reggae and introduced me to John Holt.
Still a big fan today. He actually introduced a bunch of us in college to great music.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
I’m partial to a great story in a song. I love the song Highwayman by Glen Campbell (written by Jimmy webb)
Jimmy has an amazing knack for great storytelling in songs and Glen has an amazing knack for taking a song and being able to translate it into something special in the performance. Just a great and well documented relationship. This particular song is a favourite of mine. I wouldn’t say I believe in reincarnation but a nice story about this person living all these different lives and sort of comes back on itself in the resolve.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Grew up listening to lots of different music. My uncles would usually influence a lot of the music I grew up with. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead. I wore out a tape I had of the good morning Vietnam soundtrack I loved. I remember being big into Oasis and the prodigy in the early 90’s. Also Red Hot Chilli Peppers seemed to be always there.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
There’s a lovely song by the English Folk singer and guitarist Bert Jansch called “The bright new year”. On a rare occasion you come across a song that says so perfectly and simply what you wish you could have said.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Anytime I listen to “hunting song” by the band pentangle I’m totally transported to medieval times. Lords and ladies, magic horns and banquet feasts. Love that it uses and old English dialect in the lyrics. It’s kind of mysterious and romantic.
Which song makes you dance when you hear it?
Torn Blue (original mix) by Pedestrian makes me both smile and dance. Totally get lost in that song. A friend of mine Baz put me on to it and it’s become a song we always spin when we get together.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
As much as I love his music I find it hard to listen to Jeff Buckley without getting sad. Such a great talent I would have loved to see where it took him.
What was the first gig you went to?
I was brought to Feile 95 as my mother was working at it and she had no one to mind me. Looking back at it the line up was insane but I don’t remember much of the gigs except that I watched some of them side of stage. I was really just getting into music properly. I remember being introduced to some of the bands but honestly can’t remember who. I would have been 12.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
God I’d rather forget but we performed a cover of house of pain’s “Jump Around” for a school drama thing.
I wouldn’t mind but I wasn’t even in the school, my cousin and a couple of friends were. It’s all a bit cringy when I think about it.
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