Jackie Beverly chats to Sinéad Furlong about keeping her creativity fresh, her experience playing Ireland Music Week this year and how people can continue to support independent Irish artists.
Tell us about your creative process. How have you found writing and creating this year?
I think it’s been easier – at the start of March when everything ground to a halt I was lucky enough to have the space to write. Something I’m really grateful for. I know things have started to pick up a bit more but I’m conscious of holding onto the mindframe of keeping space to create.
Have you had to make any adjustments to your approach to keep your creativity fresh?
I can sometimes fall into the habit of listening to the same artists over and over again so I try to listen to new music and artists as much as I can. It’s hard to stray too far from your favourites though. I love Saint Sister, Maria Kelly, Billie Marten, Låpsley. Most of the music I listen to is led by a strong female vocal.
Some writers find it helps their creative flow to work with others. Do you collaborate with other artists or producers?
I’d consider working with any producer a type of collaboration. Any of the songs I’ve released have been majorly influenced by the producers I’ve worked with. I’ve had such enjoyable experiences with Adam from Flaked Studios and Darragh from Astakalapa.
Tell us about your recording process for your new releases. Have you had to take any new approaches?
I’ve just set up a little home studio which has helped me hugely in terms of being able to record demos, or other ideas to bring into the studio. I’m still figuring the ins and outs of home recording though, so I’ve a bit more work to do yet.
What was it like playing Ireland Music Week 2020?
It was such a dream, and in terms of procedure it was absolutely flawless. Our Artist Liaison Steve Reddy looked after us so well and made us feel right at home. It was great to work with Tiny Ark also – I’ve been a huge fan since the Other Voices Courage series so I was delighted to get a chance to experience working with them. Everything sounds so good on the Lost Lane sound system too. That combined with the unreal team they had in the room gave us a lot of confidence for our performance. I’m really grateful to have had the chance to play.
It’s so great to have these showcases and opportunities for independent Irish artists. Why is it so important for the general public to continue to support independent artists like yourself? How can people lend their support?
Socially distanced shows are starting to pop up, and I can’t tell you how much it means to artists when you buy a ticket to those shows. Lots of bands have merch available to buy which is a huge form of income. If you purchase music from artists you like on Bandcamp on Fridays, 100% of the money goes to the artists. Sharing new songs online or adding your favourite tracks to your playlists goes a long way too. I think it’s so important to support the arts during times like this because art is what we turn to in times of need. We reach for music, books, films etc. Without them we wouldn’t have those little comforts that are so necessary in life.
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Interview by Sinéad Furlong
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