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Thursday 12 December 2019

A question of culture with Nialler9

Niall Byrne (Nialler9) Music blogger/presenter

Niall Byrne
Niall Byrne

Declan Cashin

Favourite broadcaster?

John Peel is an inspiration for his enduring love of music and his endless enthusiasm in sharing it his entire life.

Favourite radio show/presenter?

Benji B's show on BBC Radio 1. It starts at 2 on a Thursday morning but I listen in a day later for the best selection in new electronic and dance music. He successfully translates that excitement in sharing songs with an audience.

Favourite singer/band?

Beastie Boys. They were the first band I heard that made me realise you didn't have to be just one thing. They were rappers, live musicians, magazine publishers, fashionistas, beatmakers, skaters, activists, idiots, lyricists and pioneers. They had their own humour, too.

Best gig you've ever seen?

Broken Social Scene in the Temple Bar Music Centre in 2006 was a crystallisation of a couple things for me. Firstly, it was a magic sort of night. Secondly, it made me realise there were amazing bands out there who didn't get lots of attention in the media, which spurred me on to making more of my blog.

The best stage production you've ever seen?

Jay Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne in The O2 in Dublin a couple of years ago: giant cubes in the crowd that elevated for each rapper, huge screens, lasers, LEDs and a custom-built set. Plus, they had the tunes to match.

Favourite book?

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell: an insightful outsider's look into a culturally and politically different place.

Favourite film?

La Haine – Mathieu Kassovitz's film about gangs, racism and life in the banlieues of Paris shot in stark black and white.

Last film you saw and loved?

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson's aesthetic is totally suited to the story for once. The cinematography and direction is fantastical and the attention to detail is beautifully artistic.

Favourite TV show?

Currently it's Broad City, a new US comedy about two bratty and hilarious 20-something women in NYC. It makes Girls look like Friends.

Favourite food/restaurant?

My favourite restaurant is Forest Avenue in Dublin for a high-quality neighbourhood eatery.


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