Interview with Aisling O’Riordan – Hennessy Sound Lounge
I found ‘Her Kind’ on a Best Albums of 2016 list, and quickly fell in love with it! Tell me about the band ‘Morning Veils’? How long have you been making music together?
Firstly thank you very much for taking the time to listen to Her Kind.
Morning Veils is a band I play in with Elaine Howley and Roslyn Steer. We’ve been playing music together for the last 4 or 5 years and released our first album Her Kind at the end of 2015 (Released December 30, 2015 ). I love making music with Elaine and Roslyn – we have had some incredible gigs and some that haven’t gone our way but they’ve always been really fun and challenging. I really settled into myself as a musician with Morning Veils. Practices became less fearful and more excitement about what we could make together.
I feel this album deserved much more attention than it received. How hard is it for a new band to get their name out there?
We were pretty happy with the attention that the album received. We were never really putting it out for any other reason than just wanting to make something together.
There are people out there to listen to your music and definitely people to write about it as well if you want them to. There is a very healthy music listening community in Cork and Ireland so make music and get it to the people.
Does the band have any plans for the future? Is there a new album on the horizon? Do you play live often?
We’re on a bit of a pause at the moment as we’ve all been pretty busy and Roslyn is finishing a PHD. The plan is to definitely play some more music together and see what happens from there!
Tell me about your own musical history. When did you become interested in music?
I became interested in music from a very early age. My Dad was always playing something in the house and making me listen to something that I would love and appreciate a lot later in life. He had records in the house when I was quite young but sold them and moved on to CDs. I started collecting records when I was about 15 and have been surrounded by them since!
What are the pivotal albums of your teenage years, the ones that you listened to hundreds of times?
There were many, many albums I listened to a lot as a teen, some I’m more willing to share than others! One of the first ever 7 inches I bought in Plugd Records in Cork was The Go Team’s Ladyflash which I have completely worn out since buying. It still comes with me pretty much every time I’m DJing.
In terms of albums – I was massively into Fiona Apple around my mid-teens and her second album When the Pawn… was always on heavy rotation. The whole album is incredible but my favourite song will always be Paper Bag. She can portray pain in a very upfront and unapologetic way.
What can we expect from your night of music at the Hennessy Sound Lounge?
Good tunes and lots of me rambling about said good tunes … go get your tickets on Eventbrite now!
Hennessy Sound Lounge
Aisling is one of the featured collectors at the Hennessy Sound Lounge which takes over Hen’s Teeth on Fade Street, Dublin 2 for seven nights from July 19th – 28th. She is a musician in all-female band Morning Veils, music programmer for Quarter Block Party, and DJ.
The Hennessy Sound Lounge features a custom crafted sound system by Toby Hatchett will give music lovers and the culturally curious the chance to meet with seven of Ireland’s most avid vinyl collectors and delve a little deeper into their collections, listen to some of their favourite tracks and hear about their lives in the music industry.
The line-up also includes Cork DJs John Byrne and Colm K who have created one of the best collections of Irish funk and soul from the 1970s and 1980s, experimental artist, filmmaker and avid music collector Vivienne Dick and Paul Diddy, designer at label Luaka Bop. Legendary DJ and photographer BP Fallon, singer-songwriter David Kitt and 2018 Choice Music Prize winners Ships are also on the bill.
Tickets costing only €8 plus booking fee include a tasting masterclass with Hennessy Brand Ambassador Paul Tuohy and are available through Eventbrite. There will only be 12 tickets per session.
Thursday 19th, David Kitt: 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm -10.30pm
Friday 20th, Aisling O’Riordan: 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm -10.30pm
Saturday 21st, Vivienne Dick: 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm -10.30pm
Wednesday 25th, Ships: 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm -10.30pm
Thursday 26th, John Boyle and Colm K: 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm -10.30pm
Friday 27th, BP Fallon: 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm -10.30pm
Saturday 28th, Paul Diddy: 2pm – 4pm, 6pm – 8pm and 8.30pm -10.30pm