Monday 21 October 2019

'Don't compromise your vision because of a lack of money'

My money

Suzie Q
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Susie Q is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician originally from Oola, Co Limerick and now living in Dublin. Her new song and music video Home explores the global refugee crisis. She is also a co-founder of the award-winning 'A Lust For Life' well-being organisation. Susie Q's album Into the Sea will be released later this year. For more information, visit

What's the most important lesson about money your career as a musician has taught you?

Do not allow a lack of money to compromise your vision. When making my album, I had a crystal-clear vision of what I knew I needed to create. I never stopped until that vision became real. It took longer, and cost more, but I'll go to my grave still loving it.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

My last trip to Australia gave me a hop -breakfast out cost A$30. Fierce fancy eggs and toast.

What's your favourite song about money?

I recently heard Áine Cahill's new song Blood Diamonds and thought it had an important message about the image, consumption and the worship of money.

What's the most expensive thing about being a musician?

Making my album. Paying musicians, studio time, engineers, production costs, mixing, mastering and so on. It all adds up. Worth every penny, and one of the happiest experiences of my life.

What was your worst job?

I worked in bars all the way through university. It wasn't all bad but I've a few not-so-nice stories about abusive bosses and customers.

What was your best financial killing?

I haven't had one yet but hopefully ask me this question in a year and I'll have one for you. I've been told repeatedly that there is no money to be made in the music industry. Yes, there are enormous challenges around people not buying music, yet I think there is big potential.

Are you better off than your parents?

My parents worked hard to give me opportunities they never had. I had the chance to go to university and travel a lot. On the other hand, I don't own my own home, I'm stuck in the Dublin rental market, and in that sense I'm not better off, which is the case for many in my generation.

If you won the Euromillions, what would you do with the money?

Buy myself and my gorgeous husband a home overlooking the sea, start working on my second album, and build a big beautiful healing and retreat centre somewhere nearby.

If you could design your own euro note, what would you put on it?

I have a re-designed dollar bill I found in a café in California in my wallet. It has a Jimi Hendrix quote on it: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." That quote would be great on a euro note.

iTunes or Spotify?

Records, all the way.

What was the last thing you bought online?

A flight to New York as I've been invited to do a meditation teacher training course there. I'm a daily meditator so jumped at the chance to deepen my practise and hopefully offer it back out to the world. Meditation has been a powerful medicine for me.

Would you buy Irish property now?

I would if I could but I can't - yet.

Do you ever haggle?

I'm the worst haggler in the world, I'd probably end up giving them extra!

What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt?

My car, flowers and Barry's Tea.

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