Hiya Irene and Martin  thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Both our houses were and are still full of music from childhood. Martin’s family in particular has a big musical background and legacy.  Its in the blood.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

Irene is a professional vocalist having sung with many cover and events bands while also being the main session vocalist at JAM studios for many years. She has also toured with various acts nationally and has appeared on DVD & TV music broadcasts. Having written songs all her life in various styles but having no creative outlet for them Irene paired with Martin’s musicianship & music production strengths to bring the songs to a finished and produced state.

Martin Quinn:  is a highly experienced music producer and mix/master engineer working within the Irish music industry for over 24 years. He owns and runs www.jamstudios.ie as a commercial music production studio at Kells, Co Meath Ireland. Martin has extensively toured the world as a session guitarist taking in NYC Carnegie Hall, LA Anaheim Arena, Dublin’s Croagh Park Stadium, Amsterdam Concert Concertgebouw and hundreds more worldwide venues. 

What’s the live music scene like in Ireland right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course): 

Martin: Ireland is jam packed full of fantastic singer/songwriters and musicians. I see people come through the studio on a weekly basis that are amazingly talented. We export so much amazing music to the world really. The live music scene is vibrant and theres always somebody putting on a show from local towns to heading into Dublin. 

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

Music as an industry is going through the biggest flux since record sales began and with the addition of AI music to the mix there are more uncertain times up ahead. But we are of the belief that musicians will keep creating and forge a way through.  Art will still need to be made. But a lot of challenges are there for musicians creating and promoting music and not seeing financial returns and we hope there are changes up ahead for sure –  but like anything, you have to move with the times, whats the alternative? We’re just enjoying every minute of it.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

We’re very proud of our songs and the production of them and not really focused on whats currently happening. So we’re in our own corner making music we like and not focused on fitting in as such.  Everything we are doing is really honest. We write and play music that is our own sound and is very personal to us. Its a privilege and really liberating to get to sing and play your own songs and have an audience to listen to them. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Irene: I love chocolate, cadburys dairy milk to be precise. I cant live without coffee. I run 5k every day.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

No. We’re lovers and not haters. I would always try not to offend somebody. Like all similar fads we hope that one moves on quickly. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Absolutely not. We are both science people. We go with the science.

What was your best experience on stage?

Hearing an audience of people we dont know personally sing our songs with us and back to us.. Amazing experience! 

What was your worst experience on stage?

Irene: Not being able to hear myself! Nightmare!

Martin: Usually equipment failure related issues is what causes the most stress! Generally the more technology you use on stage the more things there are to go wrong!

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about. 

Irene: I have a PhD in in Computational linguistics. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

We are building the project with each single release and searching out live music opportunities. We’re working hard on PR and the awareness of the music and trying to identify the audience and get it to their ears. 

The new song ‘Last Man Standing; what can you tell us about it.

Its about perseverance and standing strong in the face of adversity, ultimately ending up the last man standing.

What was the recording process like?

This track we had written early on when conceiving the overall sound of the project so we had it demo’d one way and after developing other songs and bringing the sound together we decided to go back on a lot of the production. In ways that made it even more challenging as we were trying to make hard decisions about just deleting things and redoing or what to keep.

About ⅓ of the way into the recording we also felt we needed to bring the tempo up slightly. Easier to do in 1980 by speeding up the tape machine a little – much harder to do without side effects to the sound quaity  in 2024. Theres a lot of layering and there were a lot of things tried and then not used. The final drum groove took a little figuring and in the end its super simple but super groovy. It was played by our drummer Andrew and executed with precision! We are generally keen to use live instruments over electronic. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Irene: Realising that I could write songs nad lyrics and that it was worth writing down and making a note of tunes and ideas floating around in my head…then being brave enough to share this! Its quite a scary thing to do!

Martin: From my perspective on this song the groove of the rhythm took a little time to identify. We worked really hard on it and our drummer Andrew did a great job. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Martin: I dont think so! We worked hard to make it what it is now and we are both very proud of how it came out!!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Yes. We need more followers on our socials to make our way onto the festival track, so if you havent done so already and you like our sound, please add us to your play list and follow us on socials.