Surf’s up at Sea Sessions
An open-air event where people go to get wet, a part of Donegal that’s breathtaking in its natural beauty, and a line-up that stretches boundaries. Here’s the best of Sea Sessions 2013
What is the fan base like?
We find we’re getting younger fans all the time – 15- and 16-year-old kids down at the front of the stage. It’s the “big brother” syndrome, where kids get into Korn, and then the older brothers might say, well, there’s a band called Therapy? – you might like them. So the back catalogue gets around. So it’s great to have young kids at the gigs. Punk rock and heavy metal were, in their day, effectively about the outsider, and anyone who still sticks to their guns and whatever their rhetoric on the world is, as long as it has a tinge of outsiderism then it gets respect from younger kids. If you’re playing only to old fans, then the game is over.
DUKE SPECIAL Q&A
What are the primary obstacles you have had to surmount and how did you do it?
No money. Jumping for any support. Going anywhere to play. Going home to bars in Belfast, where I’d play mostly covers just to pay the bills.
Are you objective about your own music?
When you record an album under limitations of time and money, it’s just a snapshot of a particular moment. When you write songs you have no idea how they are going to be received. They’re a bit like children – you don’t know how they’ll grow up. Some will be popular, some will be shy. Hit singles are the brasher ones, but perhaps it’s the quieter songs you can live with the longest.
Is the lack of money a major issue?
I feel like I’m in between two worlds – there’s the normal rock’n’roll world, where you don’t get arts funding, yet it feels that the kind of things I’m trying to do are the things that might attract that type of funding.”
You should really be played more on the radio, don’t you think?
None of what I’ve done, ever, has been particularly difficult – it’s actually inherently melodic. But that’s just the way it is in the music industry – unless certain styles swing in a certain way then it’s difficult to get on radio. But we all know of great albums with no singles that have become very successful.
NO, WAIT! – HERE’S THE SKINNY ON THE SEA SESSIONS APP
The SS app for iPhone and Android handsets can be downloaded from seasessions.com. The app will allow you to access right-here-
right-now event information and the day-to-day line-up as well as updates on stage times for the duration of the event. The app will also provide surf reports and tides updates.