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Gleaming synth-pop meets soulful vocals and artful lyricism – Galway’s own Laoise is creating music that’s ahead of the curve.
All my life I’ve been surrounded by music. My parents introduced me to traditional Irish music when I was around five, where I began playing the fiddle and became obsessed with melodies and harmony straight away. I guess it made sense that I followed on to learn and teach myself piano and guitar from there, but nothing held as much of a grasp on me as songwriting. Once I had realised I could use my voice to say something powerful, I felt so liberated. The biggest turning point that really prompted me to get involved with music was when I began incorporating electronic sounds into my music, I felt I had dipped into a whole new realm of sounds and emotions, and I had never felt such a catharsis from anything before in my life.
I’m not one to keep everything bottled up inside me, so most of my writing comes from personal experiences when I just need to purge. It’s usually just me at a piano or on my computer looping a synth where I’ll an blurt idea out within an hour and that’s the main bulk of a song, so my inspiration is very momentary – sort of like a snapshot of my life at the time.
I always like to expand on my recorded tracks when I perform live. I’m so lucky to have such a great band with me when I do, so there’s a nice mix of pop and soul. I especially love how an audience’s energy inspires me to delve into certain emotions I felt when writing my songs, it’s cleansing
Definitely strong female artists like Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush, I could never get enough as a child. I’ve been galvanized by their colour and visual aesthetic. When I find myself adapting a theme to a song, artwork, video or whatever of mine, I like to watch movies, sometimes read books, and draw influence from there. I sometimes feel myself stepping into a character’s position and becoming them for a little bit, it’s way too fun.
I’m mostly looking forward to releasing new music in 2018. My music has turned a corner and I’m so, SO excited to share it with people very soon…