Wednesday, September 17
Center Stage Artist - Cormac O Caoimh
What do…A honeyed whiskey drink, a fine cognac on a cold winter’s eve,
a warm woolly jumper in muted earthy colours, a rich mahogany warm and beautiful, and a water colour painting all have in common?
They have all been used in reviews to describe Cormac O Caoimh’s new album.
Cormac O Caoimh has just released his third solo CD “The Moon Loses Its Memory”. It has already been featured and received excellent reviews in TheSunday Times,The Daily Star, Hot Press, The Ticket and many many more. He has done live sessions and interviews on RTE Radio 1, NEwstalk, KCLR to name but a few and 12 of the 14 songs of the album have already received airplay on national and local stations. A full gig of his - live from HMV(who are also stocking the cd in their stores) went out live on the RTE website. And on the success of this new CD he has received endorsement deals with Godin Guitars, Schertler acoustic amps and Logjam stompers.
Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
"like little sculptures... considered, shaped and honed into things of beauty that find their way to your soul."- Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Hothouse Flowers)
What inspires you to make music?
Trying to create something new. Create a song that describes a feeling that there are no words for. To tell a story that is not normally told in a song. To be musicially and emotionally interesting.
What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
The songs I am in the middle of writing always excite me the most
What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged?
The music admin side of things can be discouraging. Getting the music heard can be hard. But Radio Airplay is one avenue that makes that easier.
What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Grant McClennan.
Nick Drake just because. Musically, vocally, lyricically...he had everything.
Elliott Smith and Grant McClennan because they are so melodic and they create exceptionally interesting pop music. Pop music at the moment is associated with terrible bubble gum pop music. But pop music can be clever and interesting...but it can still be catchy. They would probably be called indie now or indie pop. But it still is pop. And fantastic pop at that.
Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
I have just released his third solo cd “The Moon Loses Its Memory”. It has already been featured and received excellent reviews in The Sunday Times, The Daily Star, Hot Press, The Ticket and many many more. I have done live sessions and interviews on RTE Radio 1, NEwstalk, KCLR to name but a few and 12 of the 14 songs of the cd have already received airplay on national and local stations. The current single (for the past month) is no 3 on Irelands biggest stations' airplay charts - the only self- released song in the top ten.
What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
It is the easiest and most efficient way of getting music heard.
Interesting story about you, or anything extra you'd like to add.
I have recently received endorsement deals with Godin Guitars, Schertler acoustic amps and logjam stompers. A huge achievement and honour for an independent act.
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