Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
First grabbing our attention with last year’s swaggering single ‘Happiness Isn’t A Fixed State’, the rising Irish star is sharing her debut EP ‘Things That Don’t Exist’ today!
Speaking on the EP, she explains, “A lot of the songs are based around the idea of how we as people are either being followed or chasing after things that don’t exist. We are followed by the things we see through technology, television, the news - things that derail and confuse our sense of reality. We also chase things that don’t exist. We ignore the fact that things could change in a blink, or chase idealistic dreams of the future based on things we’ve seen on TV or on phone screens.
“I found there to be a juxtaposition in the positive and negative aspects of things that don’t exist; how having hope can change peoples lives for the better, how art is made from things that were previously non-existent and how these life fulfilling aspects as well as the things that can derail us are constantly fighting each other in our thought processes.
“This EP is a dialogue between those positive and negative thoughts and emotions. I wanted the music to create a world of freedom, hope and playfulness while the lyrics focus on the struggle of fighting, running and coming to terms with all of the good and bad we find in things that don’t exist.”
We sent her over some qs to get to know her a lil’ better.
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
23, Vulnerability is my middle name, can seduce with smooth synths and fuzzy guitars.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
The whole family shouting ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the car as we drove around the Irish countryside.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
The Wytches, Micachu and the Shapes, Arctic Monkeys, Savages, Girl Band, The Strokes, St Vincent, The Slits.. The Wytches have this mad dark almost surf rock sound that influenced my guitar sound a lot, I discovered the beauty of using the Harmonic Minor in rock music through that band… Arctic Monkeys - ‘505’ was the epitome of my teenage tears. The Slit’s showed me you could actually do anything you want and go as far as you want in music and inspired me to push myself and never shave my armpits.
You’re from Dublin! What do you think of the music scene there at the moment?
It’s hopping for sure. Lots of very impressive artists like Cmat, April, Fontaines DC, Murder Capital all are such unique acts that make me proud of the Dublin soil.
Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
Do Nothing are class, the lyric style is soooooo unique I’m like how does this guy think so outside the box? Skinner from Dublin is also a great. He wrote a sick song about being stuck on a bus with a load of wankers which I feel like everyone can relate to. Sorry’s album ‘925’ I had on repeat in the summer, I love the rock/electronic mix.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Joni Mitchell if i wanted a ballad but Bjork if I wanted something more dance based.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
I’ve been getting really into mindfulness stuff lately so I’m looking forward to becoming more zen and then recording a few more songs hopefully with my band in a studio as I haven’t done that in so so long because of Covid.
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
I hope it can make people accept their own vulnerabilities.
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