How you got involved in IMC: I was involved in the industry for many years but got deluded by it all and walked away from it for about 5 years. Rather than continue to accept what it was, I decided to try to change it in a small way and after a meeting with Zoe decided this could be the way to start.
First musical memory: My father was a DJ in the eighties and did parties and birthdays so I was bought up around pop music. I remember Eternal Flame by The Bangles being the first song I knew every single word too off-by-heart. Also, as my mother proudly tells me, my first words along with 'mum' and 'dad' were Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey from the song of the same name by Modern Romance.
Inspirations: On a global scale, I have to say Martin Luther King. On a slightly smaller scale, Mark Thomas and Henry Rollins whose views and approaches I very much share. Then those directly in my life, immediately two people I went to college with come to mind, Adam Spink & Sam Allott; without their influences I wouldn't be doing what I do today and, obviously, Zoe who amazes me on a near daily basis.
What you dream to be: Happy with peace of mind that I did the right thing while remaining a good person.
Proudest moment(s): Being thanked in the album sleeves of musicians I love and respect and these are my most prized possessions. Booking and running my own festival stage (including the one off reformation of Midget!) Also singing onstage with Gerry Marsden (of Gerry & The Pacemakers) in front of hundreds of people as part of a choir was kinda cool.
Words of wisdom: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller.
How you got involved in IMC: Met Colin in a field around 7 years ago and after a long, silent Facebook friendship Colin recruited me for this project after observing my super skills in action. (I haven't decided what these skills are but I'm sure that's what must have happened)
First musical memory: Playing melodica and dancing along to my mum's Augustus Pablo record.
Inspirations: Everything around me.
What you dream to be: A positive influence on the people around me, a good friend and I dream of allowing myself more time to make music!
Proudest moment(s): Is yet to come...
How you got involved in IMC: By taking a chance.
First musical memory: Listening to my family's 45s and 33s which included Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte, Pop Muzik by M, I'll Never Fall In Love Again by Deacon Blue and Mr Rubik by The Barron Knights. Thinking about it now, this may be what led to my rather eclectic taste in music!
Inspirations: I don't find that famous people inspire me very often, I admire what some of them have done, but I am not inspired by them. I think that it is some of the everyday people that I interact with that inspire me to be a better person and most of them don't even know it.
What you dream to be: Content.
Proudest moment(s): Editing, designing and publishing my dad's first book. Finally realising that it is better to learn to do, than to say "I wish that I could...". Moving on when it was easier to stay.
Words of wisdom: “Life is like a sewer... what you get out of it depends on what you put into it” - Tom Lehrer.Pretty much all the words to both Baz Luhrmann's Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen and Thou Shalt Always Kill by Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.
From: I suppose you mean where i am from? I'll just go with that. So i am from Lower Bavaria, and while the 'lower' isn't so important, the Bavaria part is, because its vital to know that there is a difference between that and Germany, and not one only noticeable to the avid beer drinker! I could explain the difference in detail, but I think that would go too far! Anyway, that's where I'm from. I live in Dublin though and have absolutely no plans of ever leaving, so in a way, that's also where I'm from! It's the sort of place I feel at home in, so that's actually more important.
How you got involved in IMC: Because I know the lovely Colin and the odd venue here and there that is nice to book and also maybe a little bit because I love booking tours and tour managing. Even though you kind of end up wanting to pull your hair out once in a while.
First musical memory: I would love to say that was when I first heard Nirvana when I was about 9 years old, but clearly that's a lie. I'm actually not totally sure. Possibly it was playing Cat Stevens' Morning Has Broken badly on a flute in 1st grade.. so when I was about 5.. and deciding that I really loved Cat Stevens (which I still agree with). Or it could have been extending my love for Knight Rider and predominantly the cool car via it's owner in the film to the actor and then receiving a David Hasselhoff vinyl from my dad. He was wearing jeans with Mickey Mouse patches. And I could not understand a word of the lyrics, but I sang along anyway. I thought it had something to do with underpants.
Inspirations: Ooh. Somehow ever-changing. There are a lot of people I admire, both people I know personally and people that are famous for one thing or another. That would be because of the way they deal with some things, or their attitude, their outlook, their overall character, the way they laugh even.. lots of things. Generally I would say I admire people who can almost act against basic human nature to immediately get grumpy, lay the blame elsewhere, give up and so on when faced with something difficult.. people who can get over themselves basically! Also people with maybe a slightly different view of the world. Like Terry Pratchett maybe. He uses the same words as everybody else, but they become something else when he plays with them!
What you dream to be: Tricky! As in difficult, not the musician. And I don't mean I want to be difficult (although sometimes that's not the worst either). I always loved the idea of being a successful musician or actor, because I love both. I also want to be involved in theatre, in radio, in journalism, I want to do something where I get to travel, I want to work with animals, I want to help people.. so basically, the common thing there is I want to be someone who gets the most out of life. I want to be creative in some way, I want music and all kinds of art in my life, I want to be able to see as many amazing places as possible. I want love, I want adventure, I want my friends and family, I want to be a good person... and I suppose as long as I try to cover as much of that as possible without losing sight of why I'm doing this then I'll be happy! Largely, this seems to be working, even though I am not a rock star millionaire and my 12 year old self would be disgusted.
Proudest moment(s): Can't really say. Moments like finally finishing my big thesis, or getting a job or getting some sort of praise.. a tour working out well and everyone smiling.. Unfortunately I haven't done a big personal challenge yet like climbing Everest or anything like that. Maybe I will, but then it'll probably be more like the Wicklow Mountains - I doubt I'd live to tell the tale and actually get to be proud otherwise!
Words of wisdom: I'm not wise... maybe just more along the lines of advice: Don't act like you're in a movie or a soap. I see a lot of people doing that lately and it's kind of creepy and definitely not sexy!