Thursday 22 August 2019

Irish DJ Dara Quilty joins Ed Sheeran and Ashley Tisdale on new MTV series

Dara Quilty at the opening night of Grease the musical at the Bord Gais EnergyTheatre, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Dara Quilty at the opening night of Grease the musical at the Bord Gais EnergyTheatre, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Dara Quilty
Sorcha O'Connor

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Dublin radio DJ Dara Quilty is hoping to break America, revealing he is "spinning a lot of plates" over in the States.

He is certainly on his way to making a name for himself over the pond, as he is involved in a new MTV series that also features A-list names such as Ed Sheeran and Ashley Tisdale.

Starring in the music station's new digital series 99 Questions - which has already been watched by one million viewers on the MTV US Facebook page - Dara recorded 10 episodes over in New York.

They will air on Facebook every Tuesday, with two released already.

Recording the series, in which stars were asked questions about themselves before they are compiled into different episodes, Dara (29) crossed paths with High School Musical star Ashley.

"She was really nice. It was all very nice - 'hi, how are you?', all very polite," he said.

"I actually go over to New York a lot. I'm following a few leads over there. I'm working on getting some things over the line but I've no deals yet."

He said he is also working on projects with his band Apella over there.

Dara said he spends a lot of time in Brooklyn when he hits the Big Apple as he is in a long-distance relationship with a Brooklyn girl.

"My girlfriend Katie is from Brooklyn. We actually met in Ireland, she's Irish-American," he said. "She is so helpful and supportive of everything and we are on the same page."

The pair take it in turns flying over and back, with Dara heading over again to see her for the June bank holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, the Rathfarnham DJ told of his delight at the recent success of Dublin rockers Fontaines DC over in the US.

They recently appeared on one of America's most-watched TV shows, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing two songs from their album Dogrel.

"Do you know how good it was to see a band like that with guitars and drums on Jimmy Fallon?" said Dara.

On home soil, Dara will host the 98FM Best of Dublin awards in the Guinness Storehouse on May 23.

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