Walk With Us in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation

I’m DJing tomorrow night, Thursday 17th August, in Nolita for a brilliant charity event in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation. The gig is organised by the wonderful Thalia Heffernan and her boyfriend Ryan McShane and they’re fundraising tomorrow night and also in September by walking the Camino de Santiago.

There are a lot of live musical guests tomorrow night, as well as myself and January Winters DJing, plus there’s a plethora of incredible raffle prizes, details of which can be found on the event’s facebook page.

The event starts at 6.30pm and tickets are €10, available on the door, but if you can’t make it to the gig you can donate online here.

Really hope to see some of you there tomorrow night. I plan on playing this uplifting little number as one of my first tunes! (From Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now, released last month.)

DJing at the National Gallery Reopening

On 14th June I did a gig that will be one of the highlights of my career; the re-opening of the National Gallery after over six years of refurbishment. It’s always been one of my favourite places in Dublin, and DJing in the Miltown Wing between a Rubens and a Rembrandt is an experience I’ll never forget.


When I was booked for the gig, the musical references I was given included Max Richter and Mica Levi; a world away from the usual party playlist requests. And so over the course of two-and-a-half hours I played music that I never usually get the chance to play – Steve Reich and Bernard Hermann and Agnes Obel and Mahler among many others – and it was a lot of fun and a great privilege.

‘Sound & Color’ couldn’t have been a more perfect title for the night in question. The song is soulful and layered, sonically blurry and vivid at the same time.

This haunting mash-up of Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ with Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto II was on my playlist from the get-go.

‘Angelica’ from Lamb’s Between Darkness and Wonder with the unmistakable sample from Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’ is stealthily beautiful.

There’s a great documentary available on the RTE Player about the refurbishment of the gallery.

Whether you spend fifteen minutes in the new portrait gallery, or an hour in the gorgeous cafe, or all day marvelling at the paintings and the craftsmanship, just go! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Totally Irish and Jafaris

Last Sunday the lovely John Barker asked me to be a guest on his show Totally Irish on 98FM. As the name suggests, the show is focussed on Irish music, from up and coming and established artists. Ham Sandwich did a live acoustic set followed by a set from Rocstrong. After that I joined John, together with Martin Byrne from Other Voices, to talk about three tracks from three Irish artists: James Vincent McMorrow, Jafaris, and The Fontaines.

I already knew and loved James Vincent McMorrow, I wasn’t such a huge fan of The Fontaines, and Jafaris was by far my favourite track of the evening. You might recognise Jafaris from his role in the award winning Irish movie Sing Street. As well as being an actor, he’s an accomplished rapper and has just released a four track EP called Velvet Cake available on iTunes. My favourite track from the EP is ‘Keep Your Head High’.

Jafaris is working with Diffusion Lab (who are doing some amazing work with Irish hip hop artists) and they have created a couple of videos for this EP, including this gorgeously shot one for ‘Love Dies’.

If you want to check out the whole podcast of the show, here’s the link.  I’m on in the last half an hour. Hope you enjoy!

Vinyl Love for Repeal

I’m very proud to be DJing this Sunday May 14th at Vinyl Love for Repeal, a charity gig with all proceeds going towards the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

The Vinyl Love collective has brought together DJs and music lovers to play eight of their favourite vinyl records in eight different cities on Sunday May 14th. The cities and venues are South William/Wah Wah Club in Dublin, 40ft Brewery in London, Gulp’d Cafe in Cork, Mojo Lounge in Waterford, Ormston House in Limerick, Roisin Dubh in Galway, Tricky’s McGarrigles in Sligo and Common Edge Street in Manchester.

There’s a suggested donation in each venue but you can donate whatever you can afford. It starts at 2pm and continues on until late. Hopefully the weather will be gorgeous and we can all enjoy a drink and great tunes in aid of a great cause.

Here’s Nialler9 explaining a bit more about the event.


Club Thing (RAC Remix) – Yoav

Pic by Lili Forberg

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of DJing at the Dundrum Town Centre Spring/Summer 2015 fashion shows. I’ve been working with the team there for five seasons and it’s always a lot of fun. Plus Colm Corrigan’s impeccable styling generally makes me want to spend my fee there and then!

I love researching tunes for shows, trying to find the perfect songs for the brief and the perfect tempo for the models. Dundrum shows happen on the mall and the audience ranges from two to eighty-two, so the music was fun with a summery vibe.

I usually end up with a shortlist of twenty songs and have to narrow it down to six. This tune was one of the ones that didn’t make it as it gets a bit heavy towards the end but I really like this RAC remix. It’s got an 80s electro feel, plus the ‘beautiful girl’ lyric would have really worked with models stomping the runway!

Not Back Down – Acrobat

A few weeks ago I was asked by my friend Allen Doyle to be a part of a music video he was directing. I love collaborating with Al and was a guest on his radio show The Magic Number back in April. The video is for an Irish band called Acrobat and the single is called ‘Not Back Down’. Never having been in a music video before, I of course said yes. A week later I spent the day in Barberstown Castle with Acrobat, their mates and some great actors, having the absolute craic.

The video shows a gothic dinner party at a castle, where the host pours some suspicious looking liquid into people’s drinks, eventually turning his guests into reptiles. It was a fun shoot; we were dressed in amazing costumes, some people got to play with snakes, we drank wine and danced, and a fountain was set on fire! You can spot me towards the end of the video, dancing my ass off, and drinking some funny-tasting vino.

(Al also directed Acrobat’s first video for a single called ‘Follow You Down’. Check it out here – great performances from Jack Olohan and Sinead Watters.)

Acrobat’s next gig is on Saturday 4th October in Meeting House Square as part of Hard Working Class Heroes 2014, and you can buy ‘Not Back Down’ on iTunes.

“The Magic Number” on Radiomade.ie

Last night I had the pleasure of being a guest on “The Magic Number”, a weekly show on Radiomade. Radiomade is a website which focusses on promoting the work of budding producers, DJs, directors and bloggers based in Dublin city. Along with live streams which broadcast twenty four hours a day, Radiomade also features a podcast section, a blogs section and event info.

“The Magic Number” is hosted by Al and Jon Jon, two total chatterboxes who are both obsessed with music, film, and the arts in general. I had stacks of fun chatting to them so hopefully I’ll get invited back.

The show ran from 8pm until just after 10pm and the topics we covered, in no particular order, were as follows: the merits of ketchup, stag parties, Don’t Tell The Bride, guitars made from fireplaces, loud miming, Irish men being the ugliest in the world, Jediism, women proposing to men and the dating world in general, nightlife in Athlone, driving theory test, single parents, anger management, and flavoured condoms.

Tunes played include Black Grape, QOTSA, Jurassic 5, Supergrass, Gangstarr and Method Man.

You can have a listen to the show on the Radiomade website here or on Mixcloud here.

Boys messing
Boys messing
Al at work...
Al at work…
Jon Jon and me
Jon Jon and me

Banquet – Bloc Party

Obviously when I’m DJing there are certain songs that people want to hear and so I play them at almost every gig, e.g. at a rock gig you have to play The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, etc. Consequently playing them week after week at gigs has ruined tunes that I used to love, so much so that I’d be happy if I never heard them again! (I won’t name them here as it’s not fair; I did love them once!)

I know this tune from Bloc Party is old. Way old. It’s taken from their award winning album Silent Alarm which was released in 2005. But it’s one tune I never get sick of, no matter how many times I play it. The main reason I adore this song is Matt Tong’s drumming. His playing is tight, he sits right in the groove and drives the song beautifully, and it reminds me a little of Stewart Copeland’s drumming with The Police.

Anyway, I’m sure you know “Banquet” but have a listen and appreciate a classic!

If (Kaytranada Remix) – Janet Jackson

Morning all and Happy New Year! Sorry for the blogging silence but I was very ill over Christmas with flu (not man-flu or a head cold, but proper doctor house-call viral misery) and am only just back on my feet. Anyway back to the business at hand…

I have worked with Harvey Nichols in Dundrum for about eighteen months and have loved gigging out there. I’ve done in-store beauty and fashion events, parties, and gigs in the bar. Since December the restaurant and bar have been under the management of Rock Lobster. It’s great fun: brilliant staff, awesome cocktails and a great crowd.

When I’m playing in my other residencies in Whelan’s and The Mercantile, the music policy is rock and roll; my first love so I’m always happy! In Harvey Nichols the music policy is different and so I play a lot more pop-remixes and electro and I love the chance to play other genres. Looking for new tunes to add to my repertoire, I went to the always-reliable Nialler9’s site to see his recommendations for best remixes of 2013. I found this gorgeous remix of Janet Jackson’s ‘If’ which I have been caning at home and at gigs. You can download it (legally!) for free here. Hope you enjoy!

Fashion Show Tunes

Over the last couple of months I’ve been lucky enough to DJ at some amazing fashion events: the launch of Isabel Marant pour H&M, Dundrum Town Centre’s “Fashion Framed” catwalk shows, and Arnott’s SS2014 press day just last Monday.

Choosing music for fashion shows is always an enjoyable task for me. I generally tend to find some nice remixes of pop tunes and intersperse them with electro tracks. One thing to remember is that the tempo has to be one that models can walk to (ergo no drum and bass!) as I think it adds impact to a show when the models can walk in time to the music.

I thought I’d put together a playlist of some of the tunes I’ve used over the last few months to give you a flavour of the kind of stuff I play at these events. Enjoy!