Always keen to throw a spotlight on emerging Irish music talent, the latest hot prospect to emerge that we here at the Sunday Independent feel deserves some attention is Von Trash.
Not your average guitar, bass and drums sound act, Von Trash is a mad fusion of electronic dance and pop music straight out of the Euro dance scene of the 1990s.
Active since 2009, Von Trash, who is from Dalkey, Co Dublin, and is a former Blackrock College pupil, last year performed on the main stage at the MILK2010 Festival. He is currently pushing his latest single, Dance Muscle.
Citing influences as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lady GaGa, David Bowie and Alfred Hitchcock, Von Trash is among a wave of new Irish artists like Robotnik and Amasis who are championing electronic pop music.
Born in March 19, 1985, Von Trash describes himself as a recording artist, writer, actor and producer.
After his schooling days in Dublin, he moved to London in 2004 to pursue a career in performance art. After training in the Central School of Speech and Drama and the London International Film School, he returned home to study electronic music production.
Last year, he made it through to the finals of 'Live and Unsigned' in the UK out of 10,000 hopefuls and has also in the past written tracks for other artists.
He is currently working on his first album, which he says is "inspired by the sounds of the underground London dance/electro pop scene".
Public calls for a new political party
A NEW political party is needed to make a real change to Irish politics, believe an overwhelming majority of Irish people, writes Daniel McConnell.
This is according to the latest opinion poll carried out by Red C for bookmakers Paddy Power. sixty one per cent of those polled said a new party was needed to ensure a new direction in politics was achieved.
Calls for a new political force were strongest among women and younger voters, the figures revealed.
Throughout last year, there was continued speculation that former Tanaiste and PD leader Michael McDowell would re-enter politics and such speculation was fuelled by a number of high-profile speaking engagements. However, no new force has emerged and Mr McDowell remains committed to his career as a Senior Counsel.
What is clear from the poll's findings is a deep cynicism of the established political parties and of the entire political system.
The calls for a new political force echo the calls for a new generation of political leaders. Fifty seven per cent of those polled said they would like to see younger people leading the main political parties, which would largely explain FG leader Enda Kenny's continuing poor performances in polls. It is also good news for the 2007 generation within FF -- politicians like Dara Calleary, Niall Collins and Darragh O'Brien -- who have all been tipped as future leaders.
Overall, trust in the political system is at a low ebb, with 66 per cent of people saying they have less trust in politicians than ever before.