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PopLives #82: Zoe Ni Riordain

Every week this Q&A finds out what interesting people in music, film, fashion, theatre, literature, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.

Thu, Sep 18, 2014, 17:54


Continuing the Tiger Dublin Fringe PopLives Q&As, here’s Zoe Ni Riordain of Maud In Cahoots.

What are you reading?
I am reading Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgard. It’s an autobiography, it’s really long and goes into every single detail of his life. I think he’s written another 2 volumes since this one. Mad. I kind of hate it, but I like some of the writing so I’ll finish it before the end of the year hopefully.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
Dreams of A Life – it’s a stylized documentary about a young woman who was found dead in her flat in London, having lain there for 3 years before anyone noticed. It’s a very disturbing film but I thought the filmmakers found a way to tell an extreme story without being judgemental.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
I think it was The National in the Iveagh Gardens. I’m a fairly passive fan of the band, I’ve never bought an album, but I went with people who really like them. I enjoyed it, I think the lead singer got into it as the gig went on. The drummer is great, and I like the singer’s voice.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
I saw a dance double bill by Liv O’Donoghue (Hear Me Sing Your Song/With Raised Arms) in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. It had a mixture of musicians, actors and dancers in it. I liked the design and the music, it was unlike any other dance show I’ve seen.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict? 
I saw Forsaken by Gerard Mannix Flynn and Maedhbh McMahon. The exhibition deals with a difficult subject in a beautiful way. It’s in a very stark white space on the quays, the atmosphere in the room is meditative and quiet, it lets you to take in the material in your own way.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
Uncut music and film magazine.

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
A nameless free movie download site. YouTube and probably BBC News.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme? 
I like the This American Life podcast, and I listen to Dublin radio stations, Radio8 and TX FM, and BBC Radio 6.

Give us a tip for 2014…
Relax will ye.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
I watch a lot of music videos on Youtube. But when I fall into a hole, it’s usually because of a panda going down a slide or something.

What song should we listen to right now?
Drop everything and listen to Buffalo Woman ‘You Make Me High’.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
I started watching House of Cards but I’m 3 episodes in and I don’t like it yet so I think I’ll move on. There’s something about Kevin Spacey that I don’t like.

Which app do you use the most?
I use Spotify a lot on my phone.

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
I don’t play video games. I’m not sure that they’re made for adults.

What is your favourite club night of all time?
I could Google something and lie to you, but I don’t have a favourite club night. I like night clubs though.

What was the last country you visited and what were you doing there?
I was in New York in March with Maud in Cahoots. We were playing a few gigs, in the Irish Arts Centre and in the Lower East Side. We played in someone’s living room in Battery Park City for SofarSounds. This guy Baby Alpaca played that night, he looks like an Alpaca and he’s got a great voice.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet to your home town, what would it be and why?
I think it would be great if they transported the Guggenheim museum in New York and put it next to the Central Bank on Dame Street. Or on top of it.

And finally, if you check out one show in the Fringe (apart from your own) make it…
The Tale of the Ancient Lights by Ruichi. It’s on in the Project Cube, Sept 16-20. It’s a solo light performance based on an Asian legend. I haven’t seen any of his work before, but the title caught my attention and I like LED lights.

Maud In Cahoots in Concert (Sep 19 @ Smock Alley Theatre)

Previously on PopLives: Evan Webber, Caitriona Ni MhurchuKris NelsonEleanor TiernanPhilip ConnaughtonTanya TagaqRichie EganAlison SpittleRex RyanCharlene LydonAvril StanleyMary NallyColm Mac Con IomaireAnna RodgersTara FlynnJohn ButlerDon WycherleyMaserRubberbanditsJames WolfSinead GleesonOlwen FouéréLe GalaxieCian O’BrienCian Ó CiobhainKatie HollyElaine MaiAisling FarinellaBrendan CantyMelanie MorrisTaylor MacTemper-Mental MissElayenousFez Fa’ananaChris JudgeXnthonyDavid MullaneJo ManganDerek O’ConnorBeardymanLynnette MoranRob DelaneyJulie ChanceConor O’BrienNial ConlanWallis BirdAdrian CrowleyTegan QuinEllie MacnamaraSteve RyanMumblin Deaf RoRick O’SheaGrace DyasMark O’HalloranAmy ConroyLouise McSharryMaeve HigginsRay YeatesNialler9Jeanie FinlayKevin BarryBrigie De CourcyJohn ScottWillie WhiteNiall MuckianPhil BoyleAngela DorganRoise GoanJoshua GordonMick MinogueEilis BoyleAnnie MacBen FrowMichael McDermottSinead O’Connor,  Shane LanganKathy ScottEoghan KidneyMichael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.