State Facesstate.ie names its artists to look out for in the 12 months flowing from January each year, and accompanied by original photoshoots from our team of photographers.
Songwriter and musician from Cork.
While I do go by my own name, our music is very much a collaborative project where I write the songs and we all come together to arrange and experiment. Using my own name felt like the natural thing to do, but I wouldn’t call myself a solo artist with a backing band at all, we’re very much a collective that works together closely.
Yes, deﬁnitely! Moving to a new city to study music in University was a great experience, as it gave me the time and the opportunity to develop my own music within the course. Limerick now has some new venues popping up, the Record Room in the Commercial in particular, but when I moved to Cork, it was clearly home to a much wider and more accessible scene for younger musicians at the time. Now though, with the emergence of collectives like DIYLK, PX Music, BitDepth and newer venues like the Record Room, I love going back and forth between Limerick and Cork- both are very close to my heart and I feel very lucky to be part of them both. Limerick will always be home for me.
It’s of course widely known that the original independent music scene is a tough one to embark on. It’s diﬃcult in terms of ﬁnance and accessibility at times, but the Irish independent music scene is also very inclusive for the most part. It can be tough to keep motivated at times, with the various hits that the Irish industry has taken over the years, but I do think we have a very special thing going on here musically in Ireland, which is another driving force behind us continuing to do what we love to do.
Our debut EP, ‘For Your Company’ is already a year old next month! So this year we will be going back into the studio after we test some new music live. 2019 was a great year for us, we got a great reaction to the EP, we did our ﬁrst tour of Ireland and played many festivals and some great shows. Being part of the Visible Women programme of Liverpool Arts Festival was definitely a highlight. I’m really looking forward to seeing what 2020 has in store.