Thursday 29 September 2016

The Jam Room: Introducing Sinead White

Up and coming Irish musicians bands tell us who they are, what they're about, and give us a flavour of their sound

Published 15/12/2015 | 15:32

Sinead White
Sinead White

In our new series introducing up and coming Irish bands and musicians, Sinead White performs 'The End', and tell us who she is and what she's about...

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Tell us about the band's origins?

I’m Sinéad and I’m a solo artist. The label ‘’singer-songwriter’’ has been lurking around me for quite some time so in the last few months I decided to branch out and get a band together. It was originally only for one show but after that I didn’t want to let them go. We’ve played a few shows since then and have a few more planned.

Mark, my bassist, recorded my album so it was only natural to have him involved as he knew the songs inside out. I knew Sam for a few years, he is a fantastic guitarist in a band called Oak Hollow and is also a session musician. I knew Lango from his band Red Enemy, some of the lads in the band are from Leixlip (where I’m from) so I had been following them for ages and was delighted when he said he’d play drums for me.

Then at rehearsal one day I mentioned I was looking for a keyboardist and Sam suggested bringing his friend Theo along, she plays keys in Planet Parade and was also a session musician for a bunch of deadly people. And that was that.

What do you think makes your music unique?

I don’t know. Everyone wants to think they are unique and I don’t want to be so conceited as to presume that I am. But what I’ve been trying to do for a long time through my music is make people happy. I want people to feel something when they come to my shows or hear my songs and I mainly want to make people feel good.

What is this particular songs about?

I wrote this song after I had been invited to play at an exhibition in the Science Gallery called Fail Big. (I got over the initial shock of being asked to play at an event dedicated to failure). It was such a brilliant exhibit based around the concept of failure and showcased many famous examples of people who had failed in life and continued to fail until they succeeded.

What is the biggest gig that you have played?

I supported Everlast from House of Pain and Duke Special, they were pretty big for me and I’ve played Longitude and Electric Picnic and all the places.

When did you start playing and why?

I started playing piano when I was about six or seven, I can’t remember exactly what age I was. My brother had a keyboard and I really wanted a go of it all the time. He was doing lessons and eventually got tired of them so the keyboard became mine in a way. I used to pick out little melodies and eventually when I was six or seven my parents let me go to piano lessons. I taught myself guitar when I was a teenager and sang in bands and then branched out as a solo artist when I was a little bit older. I’ve been doing it ever since.

Influences?

I’m influenced by a lot of local artists around on the Dublin scene as they would be what I listen to the most. I love Mongoose, Wyvern Lingo, Declan Greene, Chewing on Tinfoil, Villagers, Ham Sandwich, Miriam Donohue, Brian Mooney and so on.

Best moment as a band?

Nap time.

Favourite venue to play in and why?

I’d love to play The Olympia. It’s really fancy there.

What is the biggest success the band has had?

I launched an album this year at a sold-out show and sold every physical copy of the album that I had. So that was a big deal for me.

Long-term vision?

I hope to do more and more shows as a band and looking forward to releasing some new material in the coming months.

Feelings about producing music in Ireland, the 'scene'?

There is a great scene here in Ireland, with a real community feel and there’s a wealth of talent as well. But there’s a whole world out there, I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Challenges for Irish bands?

I think getting an audience can be a challenge for any artist, regardless of where they’re from. In Ireland there’s a huge chance that you’re not always getting paid to play, which means a lot of fantastic artists are keeping themselves afloat with full time jobs and living a double life as a result.

Do you have any recent or upcoming releases or events?

I released an album this year and I’m planning on releasing an EP next year but I’m not entirely sure when or how so don’t ask me!  We also played Other Voices in dingle, which was a huge deal to me as it's such a well-respected gig, considering the calibre of artists featured over the years.

Why did you want to make a video with Creamy Sonic Studios?

It’s always nice to have live videos online to show people what you’re about. I think it’s really important. Everything is so accessible online these days, people don’t want to come to gigs half the time.. So having good quality videos that give people an insight into your live performance can only be a good thing, right?

What do you feel is the best way to connect with your fans, and how do you go about gaining new fans?

I play shows and then if people like what they see I encourage them to find my music online. Simple as.

Where can people learn more?

My Facebook page. www.facebook.com/sineadwhitemusic

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