Sciante Blues


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

Music has played an important role in both our families. For example, Shane’s grandmother was an accomplished pianist, and my great-uncle (Paddy Mac) was a professional flautist.

This love of music was past from generation to generation in the form of the Irish family ‘Sing-Song’. For those of you who are unaware of this Irish phenomenon, it’s part of the fabric that weaves through every Irish family.

Whether it’s a gathering at Christmas, a Communion,  or some other social event, each person – young and old – is given the opportunity to sing a song. Growing up in a large extended family the ‘Sing-Song’ was a beautiful way to learn many new songs. While I started out learning piano, it wasn’t the easiest instrument to bring to a relative’s house, so I started to learn how to play guitar…and the rest is as they say history.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

Shane and I have been neighbours since we were kids. So, it was inevitable that when there was a family get together he’d pull out his bass, or whistle or bodhran (Irish drum), and I’d pull out the guitar or mandolin to add something extra to the ‘Sing-Song’. Over the years we’ve played at family events , but made the leap to writing and recording our own original music last year.

What was life like for you before music?

Can’t really remember life before music : )

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

The first song that made an impact on Shane was ‘Phantom of the Opera’, not the Andrew Lloyd Webber version, but the Iron Maiden one…the one that featured in the Lucozade advert…the one with Daly Thompson. 

For me, it would have been an Irish Ballad for sure. The earliest memory would have been either my mother singing ‘The Town I Loved So Well’, or my uncle Michael singing ‘One Last Cold Kiss’

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

Good question! We were only discussing this earlier today and we’d probably say close to the Folk-Rock genre. Our songs aim to tell real stories, using both acoustic and electric instruments. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Several years ago I met/stalked one of my guitar heroes who kindly signed my guitar. His name is Declan Sinnott, and he’s the reason I started playing the electric guitar. He wrote ‘To Darren, Enjoy this Weapon’. To this day whenever I pick up a guitar I think about that statement and about the impact we as musicians can make in the world. 

Sciante Blues

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

We’re both Liverpool supporters; We’ve both hit a hole-in-one; we’ve both a full head of hair.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Become better at capturing our live sound.

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

No, not in slightest.

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

No, that being said though we’ve a healthy scepticism of those in positions of power and authority…more about that in future releases.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Playing in one key, while the singer was singing in a different key. We murdered a classic that night for sure!

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

Shane’s father would drive my parents, my sisters and me to Fethard-on-Sea in Co. Wexford for our holidays each summer because my parents didn’t have a car. He would drive for three hours straight, have a quick bite to eat in the mobile home, and drive back to Dublin. He was a true gentleman…Thanks Mr. Quinn. 

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

Learn how to better mix and record music. 

What’s your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

We love seeing people challenging the status quo, and Musk certainly does that.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

The song ‘Fallen Angel’ was written about the experience of living with someone who uses alcohol to ease pain and suffering. Tears flowed when I finished the song because not all stories have the fairytale ending. 

What was the recording process like?

Harrowing. To experience how a strong emotion, such as sorrow, can be communicated through music is quite powerful. That being said, I love how each person involved in creating ‘Fallen Angel’ added to it in their own unique way. We’re all proud of what we produced and delighted to share it with the world.

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

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create the music video. While we’re new to recording and mixing, which remains a steep learning curve for us, creating a music video using AI was completely new. 

So, that has been steepest learning curve for this track.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Yes, More of Leanna Watters singing on ‘Fallen Angel’. We love her voice, and we’ll write more songs for her to sing for sure….she’s Amazing!

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

We’re big advocates of supporting independent artists, so we’d very much appreciate it if people would follow us on our Bandcamp page HERE



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