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!

“The Magic Number” on

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

Jefferson Hack interviews Gareth Pugh

Jefferson Hack, publisher for AnOther Magazine and Dazed and Confused, has been doing a series of free podcasts where he interviews designers about their work and influences. His most recent one was with Gareth Pugh after Pugh’s SS 2011 presentation in Paris. Download it for free on iTunes here and check out a brief interview with Pugh and Ruth Hogben (director of Pugh’s video presentation) on Dazed Digital here.

Gareth Pugh and his muse Daphne Guinness, both wearing his designs, photographed for Time Out London.