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Like A Mmoth To The Fame
He’s the teenage producer who divided his time last summer between pesky Leaving Cert exams and playing some of the country’s hottest festivals. But MMOTHS, aka Jack Colleran, is taking it all in his stride.
Maeve Heslin, 30 May 2012
For most 18-year-olds, the end of the Leaving Cert is marked by several drunken nights on the tiles, followed possibly by a package trip to Lanzarote, if any of the Saturday job wages have been successfully saved. Not the case for Jack Colleran, the Kildare teenager who pretty much went straight from the stuffy exam halls of Newbridge to the equally stuffy (but in a good way) Big Top Tent at Castlepalooza, where he played his first ever festival set.
Up until then, the producer – who works under the alias MMOTHS – had been attracting lots of attention on the back of a selection of dreamy electro tracks he’d uploaded to his Soundcloud page. His ambient, chillwave sound came about in fact through lots of experimentation; “I didn’t have a clue how to produce!”, he explains. “I just sat down and messed around, and that sound kinda created itself – it was really natural. I realised then that I wanted to make electronic music, and was really drawn to a specifically organic sound. I was trying to get electronic sounds on my computer to sound like they were recorded in a huge church or something!”
Though the blogosphere was suitably impressed with Colleran’s initial body of work (which included an excellent remix of Interpol’s ‘The Undoing’), nowt could have prepared him for what followed. “I got this email out of the blue from Seb at [LA label] Street Quality Entertainment records,” Colleran recalls. “I nearly died!” Continuing with the ‘you couldn’t write this shit’ nature of the MMOTHS story, the young beatmaker signed on the dotted line with SQA the same day he got the dreaded Leaving Cert results – a none-too-shabby 365 points by-the-by (“which was good, as I was expecting to get fuck-all!”)
Since then, the US label has released MMOTHS’ self-titled EP (currently getting rave reviews) and has booked in a shedload of gigs for the summer. Over the next couple of months, Colleran will take in Holland, the UK and the USA, as well as returning home for another Castlepalooza set, as well as heading to Kilmainham for Forbidden Fruit. Did he make it along to last year’s inaugural event?