- 06 Jun 17
With the release of his seventh studio album, Soulsun, imminent, DAMIEN DEMPSEY discusses his occasional battles with depression, why marijuana should be legalised, having dinner at Brian Eno’s house, and working with the likes of Dido, Pauline Scanlon and Imelda May. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN. Photography: KATHRIN BAUMBACH
Damien ‘Damo’ Dempsey is not a violent man but, as the bulging biceps beneath the sleeve of his black t-shirt attest, the muscular singer-songwriter likes to train regularly in his local boxing club in Donaghmede to keep in shape. Needless to say, he’s a major fan of fellow Dubliner Conor McGregor.
“I haven’t ever met him, but I think it’s incredible how he’s mastered his mind,” he says. “He’s mastered his visualisation, and I think it’s brilliant the way he’s done that.”
Damo shifts uncomfortably in his seat and makes a surprising confession: “I’m still fighting my mind. The demons come to me. I don’t think they come to him now that he’s sort of controlled it. I’ve a lot of admiration for that.”