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Thursday 18 October 2018

Music maker Mark having busy summer

Myles Buchanan

Sixteen-year-old Roundwood musician Mark Ryan has composed, recorded, produced and arranged three EPs all by himself with just the aid of his trusty guitar and a laptop in his bedroom.

Sixteen-year-old Roundwood musician Mark Ryan has composed, recorded, produced and arranged three EPs all by himself with just the aid of his trusty guitar and a laptop in his bedroom.

The fourth year Avondale Community College student is now putting together the finishing touches to his debut album.

Mark is very much a one-man show, as he also produces the art work for his singles and EP covers and shoots his own videos.

He goes by the name of 'Paranormal City', inspired by someone telling him his music reminded them of 'Owl City', an American electronica project created in 2007

Mark explained, 'at the time of choosing a name, I was working on a Halloween project, so a paranormal theme inspired me. It's also a twist on one of my favourite Guns n Roses song, 'Paradise City'.'

He has a large following in social media as his fanbase continues to grow every day. He has gained over 34,000 YouTube views over the past six months.

'I write all my own material and do covers acoustically as well. I plan to make physical copies of my CD to mass release soon but of course I also want them to be available on iTunes or Songiest. I'm joining IMRO very soon when I go into work on some tracks once I save up enough money from busking and work. Then I plan to get some professional studio time.'

So far Mark has released a Dance-Beat style EP called 'One World Pioneers' in September 2013 including the lead single 'So Sweet.' He followed that up with the Holiday EP featuring the carol Silent Night on 'Flake by Flake.' His last release was the acoustic-electro pop EP 'Chasing Cars.'

He is also collaborating with other artists from all over the world, from Philadelphia to Florida. Only recently he collaborated with Wicklow singer-songwriter and former Meteor Award winner, Luan Parle.

'I help other artists with instrumentals, producing it all myself from my laptop. As a team effort, others can bring a lot of different ideas to the table on which I can be challenged to execute, which has definitely been a growing experience for me. I worked in a professional studio when I was recording with Luan Parle at a workshop in Greystones. I will also be collaborating with Philadelphia DJ, Jasmine Woww, who makes horror/dance/film score music suitable for any dark movies. I will also be working with a popular dance Dub Step artist from Florida called 'Dupual.'

Mark is also out gigging most nights of the week and has performed in places like Byrnes and Wood' in Roundwood and The Martello and Harbour Bar in Bray.

This summer he was also involved in a number of big events.

'I performed at the first round of the Fleadh and finished in first place. I hope to perform in a great festival up north, the 'SunFlower Fest.' Other than that I'm nearly always busking in beautiful Glendalough.'

With regards to the future, Mark hopes too continue recording music and eventually sign a record deal as a professional singer and songwriter.

You can check out his music at the Youtube channel 'Paranormal City', the Facebook page 'getsumwhaaParanormalCity' and at soundcloud.com/paranormal.city

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