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Monday 25 September 2017

A politician has released music and is being touted as an Irish Calvin Harris

Trevor is delighted with the positive feedback his music has received
Trevor is delighted with the positive feedback his music has received

Kathy Armstrong

A Fianna Fail politician may have the surprise summer hit after his new music is receiving rave reviews online.

South Dublin County Councillor Trevor Gilligan admits he was nervous about releasing the EP but is determined to follow his passion for music.

Trevor (33), who plays instruments including piano, violin, bass guitar and violin, told Independent.ie that music has been a life-long love of his.

He said: "I've always been into music, my family always had instruments around the house.

Trevor loves his work as a Fianna Fail representative for Clondalkin
Trevor loves his work as a Fianna Fail representative for Clondalkin

"I think it was when Oasis first came out that I really became interested in learning instruments and I was even starting to write my own songs.

"I've always been writing songs and making music, I might just be out and about and I'll think of a chorus or whatever and before you know it you have a song."

His three-track EP is now available on Spotify and he gave an insight into what listeners can expect from his debut, which is aptly called My 1st Album.

The Clondalkin native said: "I've been told I sound a bit like Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams or Calvin Harris.

"My main influence is The Beatles, a lot of the new music out there is just dumbed down and bad quality, songs that repeat lyrics over and over again.

"There's a lot of artists throwing it out there just for the sake of it, I'm not saying I can do this but there's not a lot of people who can write consistently good songs.

Trevor with his supportive fiancee Elaine and their daughter Chloe
Trevor with his supportive fiancee Elaine and their daughter Chloe

"If people like my songs that's great but I like using different structures and lyrics and just trying to be different."

After finally getting to spend time in a studio and work with an engineer and vocalist he is now happy with his efforts.

Trevor said: "I wouldn't put a song out there unless you could play it on the radio and I don't think before now that you could."

Despite his apprehensions, he was blown away by the positive feedback he's received.

He said: "I was definitely worried what people would say, you're putting yourself out there.

"I'm always nervous and at first people were having a laugh about it but now they seem to be enjoying it.

"I'm on cloud nine about this, it could have gone the other way where nobody would have liked it.

"I don't know if I'd be touring or doing gigs, I don't know if it's my thing, maybe if I was in my 20s.

"There are three summer tracks and I have three autumn tracks that I'm hoping to release and maybe another three for Christmas.

"My aim is to have an album of eleven or twelve good quality and well produced tracks by the end of the year."

Busy Trevor - who is engaged to his fiancee Elaine and dad to six-month-old Chloe - said he is still dedicated to his constituents and wouldn't consider leaving politics any time soon.
He said: "I'm totally committed to politics, I've been elected a few times since 2004 and I really enjoy what I do, I don't think I'd want to change that.

"There's a lot happening in Clondalkin and so for now music is just a hobby on the side when I have time, maybe I could pursue it further in the future.

"I'd miss politics though, I'd miss having an input into the locality and what I do."

To download Trevor's music please visit here.

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