Nice write-up in Connacht Tribune this week! Being in Zinc was a formative time for me, and helped me to have a free approach to writing and producing with the new Penji record.
I was interviewed by Harry Guerin about our approach to making music, and I meant everything I said. Inclusion is deeply important in our society and we really want that message to come across in our music.
I’m delighted to announce that my debut EP of electronic music is out May 21st on all platforms!
I am releasing under the alias Penji, and here is the beautiful artwork by long-time collaborator AMW Visual
Delighted that Hotpress Magazine have given a glowing review for Electric Dreams’ album ‘Behind the Mask’
Lucy O’ Toole wrote “ As well as boldly breaking down barriers through their music, with Behind The Mask Electric Dreams have crafted one of the catchiest and thrillingly original Irish pop albums of recent memory. “
Quietly in the background, for the past couple of years I have been slaving away in my home studio..
I have been recording guitars, playing synths, programming electronic beats and processing it all through a plethora of guitar pedals.
This has resulted in a four-track EP of electronic music, of which I am very proud!
I would describe it as ‘dreamy, wonky, future-nostalgic hip-hop’…
Entirely recorded, produced and mixed by myself,
‘Penji’ has just been mastered in one of the finest mastering studios in the UK (who have worked with such artists as Om Unit), and I will be releasing it this spring.
Stay tuned for an exact release date in May!
‘Behind The Mask’ out now
Electric Dreams bring their unique brand of feel-good grooves and catchy hooks to the table with their debut album ‘Behind The Mask’. A diverse bunch, the band’s sound sits snugly in between pop, RnB and indie, and their music comes with a message of inclusion and community.
Crisp beats, sparkly guitars and melodic synths come together with upbeat lyrics to make for an unforgettable sound. Entirely written and recorded by the band in their Galway-based studio, the six track album was polished off by veteran producer Bob Macciochi of SC Mastering, UK.
Electric Dreams are supported by That’s Life; the award-winning arts programme of the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway. That’s Life offers people with intellectual disability opportunities to discover and realise their artistic potential, through working with established artists and participating in high-quality arts programmes.
JAZZGate shows are now postponed until further notice, at least until March 29th. This is due to the mandatory government measures implemented around Covid19.
Stay safe everyone!
Sat Sept 28, 9pm
Pretty chuffed to have been interviewed by Matt Mitucci for JAZZIZ Magazine in USA!
You can read the full featured interview here.
Really excited to have curated a new summer series of themed jazz concerts at The Black Gate Galway.
Here is the updated JAZZGate schedule for the rest of the summer!
The Music of Herbie Hancock
The Music of Nina Simone
featuring special guest Barbara Vulso on vocals
The Music of Charlie Parker
The Music of Dizzy Gillespie
TIMELESS – A Celebration of John Abercrombie
with the Tommy Halferty Organ Trio
The Music of Sarah Vaughan
featuring special guest Sarah O’ Toole on vocals
The Music of Duke Ellington
The Music of Thelonious Monk
featuring special guests Greg Felton on piano
The Music of Miles Davis
Back by popular demand, featuring special guest Bill Blackmore on trumpet
The Music of Ella Fitzgerald
featuring special guest Roisin Mulliez on vocals
The Music of Billie Holiday
featuring special guest Emilie Conway on vocals
The Music of The Beatles
The Music of John Coltrane