Rabble 10 is OUT!

May 18th, 2015

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A delicious pallet of 10,000 copies of Rabble 10 arrived Friday. We’ll be distro’ing it over next few weeks. Those looking to pick up a bundle for their area can grab one from All City Records.

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You can get a read of the editorial here, a LOT has changed in this country since we started this project, great to see communities and workers standing up for themselves and the country wise up to the shenanigans of O’Brien and his ilk. Get in touch if you’d like to help distro or need a bundle. Keep an eye on #rabble10 on the Tweet Machine for where they’re landing, and big up alls y’alls who been supporting us since day one, legends one and all!

Interview with Eomac

April 3rd, 2015
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Ahead of this Sunday’s DabbledooMusic EXTRAVAGANZA, I caught up with Eomac to chat about production, notation and inspiration.
You relocated from Dublin to Berlin last year. This must make it handier for gigging around Europe and being able to hop on a train with your gear as opposed to constantly getting Ryanair flights. What are the other advantages? Does it have an effect on your creativity?
I think your surroundings always have a effect on your creativity. Being in Berlin means being surrounded by other like minded people and musicians. The place is full of electronic musicians, producers, djs. And that’s always inspiring.
On the other hand the scene here can be quite focused on techno so I’ve been very conscious of not getting too involved in that and just keep doing my own thing. I’ve always felt what I’m trying to do is broader than one particular sound.
Berlin doesn’t seem to be as concerned with red tape and bureaucracy as Dublin is when it comes to licensing and opening hours. Clubs that are open till 7am or 24 hours straight are pretty refreshing to the 3 hours you’d struggle to get in most Irish clubs. Do you think this gives DJs a chance to take people on more of a journey and play an extended set for 3 or 4 hours? Do you think clubs are that bit less rushed to finish than their Dublin counterparts? How does it effect the vibe of the crowd? 
It’s definitely a very different feel when a club can stay open til whenever it wants. It’s the way the law should be everywhere. It makes way more sense. It’s way more civilised. Ordering a beer at 8am and not feeling the need to get fucked because the bar might close soon!
And musically it definitely allows DJs to explore things a bit more, and take time to build. Having said that, that is not always a good thing. You never seem to reach that peak around 2.30 – 3am in Irish clubs where people are losing their shit because the end is nigh. That intense energy spike.
Just because something is longer doesn’t mean it’s better. It’s like, humans are not meant to be eternal. We need to know things are finite to fully appreciate them. And the shocking Irish licensing laws certainly allow us that!
So there’s pluses and minuses to both sides. But ultimately clubs should be allowed open whenever they want, for sure. The laws in Ireland are so backward concerning this. I was chatting to Sunil Sharpe (who helps run the Give Us The Night campaign) recently and he reckons the law will change soon, that it’ll be brought in without any fanfare. Probably to appease and distract us from some other horrorshow crime the government  are committing.
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Between the record shops and club nights is the techno community a bit more visible and as a result do you feel more of a part of a bigger scene?
For sure the techno scene is very visible here. It’s why so many people come here – either to stay or for a visit. Like any scene you start seeing the regulars at the different parties. It’s nice. I’ve felt really welcomed and part of it. So yeah I do feel part of it. As I was saying though techno is the big scene here, but you do find all types of other scenes too which keeps it interesting. There are just so many musicians here!
You’re one half of Lakker alongside Dara Smith, with a new album ‘Tundra‘ out in May on R&S, really looking forward to it. I’ve always liked the visual identity that Lakker has crafted, be it the AV show or even the fact that you new album vinyl is a piece of art in itself. Do the visuals come after the music or would you ever buzz off the visuals to create tunes?
Thanks dude! Good question! The visuals are all Dara’s doing. I have input into whether I like or don’t like something, but it’s all down to him really. I trust his visual mind and his eyes! So for me the visuals always come after the music, but for Dara I think music and visuals happen simultaneously.
You’ve played piano since you were young. What’s your relationship with standard notation, have you composed much this way? 
I can read music pretty well, but I’m out of practice! I used to compose a lot this way.  After I did my Trinity masters I spent a lot of time writing contemporary chamber and solo instrumental music along with electronic stuff. I did a PhD in composition for a few years, but I’m a raver at heart so I quit that. Academia was not for me.
I imagine I’ll compose instrumental music again at some point, but for now it’s all electronic.
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Would you ever see yourself using graphic notation to compose?
I’ve admired graphic scores by people like Ligeti (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbLcI9-Js0U). Some of those scores are works of art in themselves. It’s not something I’m currently interested in, but never say never.
You’ve been busy in the studio the last few months with a slew of remixes for the likes of Swarm Intelligence and Mick Finnesse as well as the stunning ‘I Am Starting to Believe’ on Stroboscopic Artifacts. Any more releases in the pipeline? Is it too early to talk about the follow up to ‘Spectre’? (Seriously, if it is tell me to back off! 🙂
Haha. No, I’m definitely thinking about a follow up to Spectre. But in the meantime I have another EP soon which will be announced next week. You’ll hear some in my set in Sunday. And I’m working on a very special and exciting project with Bedouin Records. But  my lips are sealed for the moment…
How do you sketch out tracks? What sort of stuff inspires you?
Everything inspires me. Anything that makes me feel something. A conversation, a film, the way two people interact in the street. Often I’ll want to express those feelings and music is the avenue I feel most comfortable in doing that.
Sounds and other music directly inspire me though, in that sometimes I’ll hear a sound or another piece of music and I’ll instantly hear a new piece of music in my head. Then its just about finding a way to get that out of my head and into people’s ears.
I sketch directly in Ableton, in tbe clip view. If I’m not at my computer I’ll write some key words down in my notebook, something to remind me of my idea. Maybe a sketch of structure or something.
Top three producers to watch out for in 2015?
My boy Arad (Dara from Lakker). He has some amazing stuff brewing.
Anyone from the Principe Discos label – that shit is the future.
And SPACES (who’s also playing Sunday night) – that Bjork collaboration is just the start I feel…
You can keep up to date with Eomac’s delicious sounds here, here and here. You can catch him at the Twisted Pepper Easter Sunday too, grab tickets here while they’re left!

Dabbledoo GIG OF THE YEAR Easter Sunday

March 30th, 2015

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Well. So we’re launching our new website after Easter. Gonna have a sesh Easter Sunday to celebrate its arrival. The lineups class. Look at the poster. Come to the gig. See you there.

Misha Freshin – March 27

March 27th, 2015

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Dope new night from peoples who are doing it for the right reasons, will be a regular thing so reach and support the homegrown local talents!

Right2Water National Assembly on Wednesday

December 9th, 2014

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If I started writing about this now I might not get this post finished in time for the march on Wednesday.

Here is a pretty good summary of what’s been happening so far.

Here is a useful video that attempts to expose how farcical the tendering process is.

Here is a video that will help you and your community prevent water meters getting installed in your neighbourhood. It also demonstrates the fact that the contractors haven’t a clue (a job’s a job tho innit?).

I don’t want to be making any predictions about Wednesday in terms of what it might lead to but it’s going to be a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

Paul White

December 9th, 2014

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Paul White returns to Dublin on Friday. One of the best hip-hop producers of the last few years. Then he goes and changes up the styles on his last album and brought in a load of live instrumentation to create some blissed-out psych and dub-pop. What’s dub-pop I hear you say? I haven’t a clue, go listen to the album though yeah?

I brought him over previously and MANY people on the night said to me it was the best gig they’d seen all year (it was June so it had won over at least 6 months of gigs).

Gonna try and get to both this and the Press Charges launch on the night, stunt doubles out the ying yang mang.

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY:

Redmonk – Paul White Mix by Redmonk on Mixcloud

Here’s a mix I did for the aforementioned Paul White gig from 2.5 years ago. All his productions from various albums. More on the hip-hop/beats tip than the new stuff. QUITE GOOD. Various people ‘in the know’ at the time probably said:

“This is the best 22-minute mix of some of Paul White’s music, in that exact order, available to stream online, that I have ever heard in my life”

YOU WOULD BE MAD NOT TO LISTEN TO IT.

 

Sleaford Mods Tonight

December 5th, 2014

7.30pm.

Whelans.

 

Igor The Great – Adventures in Drums

November 30th, 2014

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Right, so this octopus who plays the drums is part of the whole DabbledooMusic thing. He’s sound. He did a mix for the rhythm fiends out there: strictly vinyl, strictly 45s. Heavy drums, funk, breakbeats, afro, that sorta thing.

Get it into ye!

 

Press Charges Album Launch

November 26th, 2014

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Press Charges album launch.

AV show, €10 in or €20 in to get a limited edition double 12″ vinyl (that’s the one I’m going for – you should do the same). Get yr tickets soonish yesh?

I can safely say now that this is gonna be a BLEEDINRAPIDBUZZ. Put these things in your ears.

BONUS ROUND: Diamond Dagger and Platinum Ray are playing too.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL: You also get this knife set.

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Quartiere in Fermento

November 13th, 2014

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Ireland’s first Italian craft beer festival happening at the weekend, Gonna be kickin off at 2 bells in Dublin’s Italian Quarter. Top 5 brewers from Italy will be there (they’re doing a tasting on Friday night but that’s booked up already). I’m gonna be playing for 9 HOURS, drop by for a beer!