Q&A with Ships – Hennessy Lost Friday Summer 2017
Ships aka Simon Cullen and Sorca McGrath have been writing and performing together in Ireland since 2012. Recording, mixing and producing from their home in Dublin, they have played festivals, gigs and interesting spaces around the island as they go.
They are playing the Hennessy Lost Friday Summer 2017 on July 7th. You can find full details of the event here. We had the chance to carry out a Q&A with the band about this event.
Hennessy Lost Friday Summer 2017 – July 7th – RHA Gallery
You recently released your first album. Was that a dream for you since you were kids?
We both played music as kids, maybe more so as teenagers. There are so many things you dream about as a kid playing music, I’m sure releasing an album was one among many.
It is also a nice feeling of accomplishment no matter what your age you are.
Did you employ PR people with the release? Is it hard to get your music heard/ reviewed?
We did all our own PR in that we sent it to as many places we could think of. We have very few direct contacts to reach to for help so we just searched for as many blogs and writers we thought would like what we do. We were fortunate to have been well received by a few. You just have to keep trying even if it seems like no-one is listening.
Do you think Ireland is a good place to be a young musician?
I think its hard work wherever you are, at whatever level.
It would depend on what you want to achieve as a musician but I imagine it’s similar everywhere else.
Canada make radio stations play 35% home grown music. Do you think it’s a good idea?
Absolutely. They support their artists directly by doing this. There is a large business element in how music is pushed in the world and I think any measures that supports music created locally helps nurture diversity and support its creators.
Did you go to any of the other Hennessy Lost Friday events? Are you looking forward to it?
Yes, they are really great events. I think we’ve both been to a few at this stage.
If you could share a stage with any other artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I immediately imagine myself just standing agog watching any of the artists that pop into my mind, but I think Prince is top of the list. I’d probably be fired mid way through the first song. It’d be worth it though.