Monday 23 April 2018

Irish web designer secures contract to work on Lady Gaga website

Aidan O'Carroll from Ballyduff who has secured a contract to work on the official website of Lady Gaga
Aidan O'Carroll from Ballyduff who has secured a contract to work on the official website of Lady Gaga

MARISA REIDY

A north Kerry web designer who already counts A-list entertainers Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown among his clients, has just secured a new contract to work on the official website of internationally renowned singer, Lady Gaga

Ballyduff man Aidan O'Carroll (24), who set up his web design company Avalanche Designs in 2012, got the incredible news just last week and says he can't wait to get working with the star.

Aidan's impressive career took off on an international scale back in January 2013 when Avalanche was chosen from over 50 firms worldwide to design a website for American rapper, Macklemore. Before that, the company had worked on a number of major web design projects here at home, which helped raise their profile.

"We tendered for the project and honestly didn't think anything would come from it. We were one of 50 companies invited to tender and all of a sudden we were whittled down to 30, then 20 and then we got word that we had won. It was incredible and since we were chosen things have absolutely snowballed," Aidan said.

After selling software to global computing giant Apple last August, the Ballyduff company's reputation has grown even further - attracting the attention of Warner Music bosses and management teams for other famous acts.

From his make-shift office at his home in Ballyduff, Aidan has found himself in the surreal situation of skyping Miley Cryus and the controversial R&B star, Chris Brown, discussing website ideas with them.

"I have to act like it's any other client, but it's pretty incredible alright," Aidan said. "They're both lovely people and interestingly, Chris Brown is nothing like the persona you hear about in the media. He is one of the nicest guys you could meet."

Just last week, Aidan and his staff of five - who also all work from their own homes - received news that Avalance had won another lucrative contract, this time for one of the world's most famous singers, Lady Gaga.

"It's all word of mouth really, but of course it's great to get to work with such amazing people," he said. "This latest project is in the very early stages and we're back and forth with design ideas."

Despite his impressive international client list, Aidan is very much aware who he owes for his initial success.

"Obviously it's great to have these big clients, but the small to medium business are still the backbone of the business," he said.

Aidan is hoping that with business continuing to boom, he will soon be in a position to expand the company and hopefully employ two or three more staff. Until then, he's happy to continue working with some of the world's biggest stars.

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