Tuesday 20 March 2018

The Jam Room: Introducing Dublin electro rock band Makings

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

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

In our new series introducing up and coming Irish bands Dublin-based Irish electro rock band Makings perform 'Mythomania', and tell us who they are and what they're about...

Tell us about the band's origins?

Rick and Shock decided to get together for some jam sessions after meeting at a party during the summer of 2010.  A few months later, in need of a drummer, Paddy Reynolds joined the party. We had to go through a few bass players before finding Raul who joined the group in early 2014 just in time for recording of our debut album Cognition.

What makes you unique?

We are always on the look out for new technologies and sound creation tools. Making music that is fresh, exciting and that will make people move is very important to us. We like to mix these fresh sounds with some old school as well so you are going to be hearing the guitars played through old school valve amps blended with some modern day synth and produced beats. 


As four members we all have different music that we like to listen to but we can all agree that we love the electro rock genre which includes such bands as Hot Chip, Depeche Mode , LCD Sound System, Death in Vegas, Django Django , Jungle, Caribou and many more like them.

Beatles or Stones?

It would have to be the Beatles. Stones made some great records but The Beatles pushed the envelope a bit more with albums such as Revolver and Sgt Pepper so for that they get extra brownie points.

First album you each bought?

Rick- Music for the Jilted Generation by The Prodigy

Shock – Morning Glory by Oasis

Raul - Blood Sugar Sex Magik  by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Reynolds has yet to admit.

Best gig you ever played?

Our album launch in The Grand Social was a hard one to beat! A lot of people travelled the length of the country to come for the event and most of them helped to fund the album through our crowd funding campaign making it an extra special night. Everyone there played a part in making the album launch happen. 

Favourite venue to play and why?

Of all the Dublin venues we’ve played so far The Grand Social has a special place in our hearts. We had our single and album launches there and the audience that come to see us are always up for it. We love the interior as well which is almost like a big festival tent.

Any gig disasters you care to share?

We almost had a disaster with setting a fire alarm off with our smoke machine. Luckily it was during sound check so we got away with it.

What's your vision for the band?

We want to be as prolific as we can. We want to keep making new songs , new videos and play more gigs and by next summer we would like to be booked into more festivals. As a band you have to keep looking at the next big step. We saw Le Galaxy do a couple of successful shows in The Academy a few months ago and we would like to be doing something similar down the road. Being popular across the water is also appealing to us as we love travelling and what better way to travelling around different countries than doing Makings shows!!

Challenges for Irish bands?

The fact that there are thousands of bands based in such a small country can pose some extra challenges for bands here - it can make it allot more difficult to get into decent venues, festivals and on decent radio stations etc.

What are the biggest challenges for your band?

Making the ferries and the flights on time - every time we go abroad there’s always a dramatic dash to at least one or the other!

What do you think about the Irish music scene?

There’s a great scene in Ireland, there’s serious talent here, we’re just back from the Swell Festival that was on Arronmore Island and allot of the bands came from the northwest and the level of talent was just unbelievable

What is the biggest success the band has had?

We haven’t really had one thing that was a big success for Makings but rather a series of small successes, getting to the final of the Red Bull bedroom jam, getting invited to do international gigs, getting 4 stars in the Mail on Sunday, working with the Grammy Award winning Chris Potter, to name a few, but for us true success is enjoyment in what your doing, if you don’t have that all the accolades don’t mean a thing.

What would you like people hearing the band for the first time to know about you?

Know that if you come to see us live you will not be disappointed, in fact you’ll have the time of your life!

Where can we find out more?

www.makingsmusic.com is a good place to start

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