- 24 May 23
Groove wizard Aran Sheehy discusses his excellent EP Bridge Burner, being influenced by Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, and the vibrant state of Irish electronica.
What is it that you love about electronic music?
There’s something about the way a synth sound touches you – the repetition in electronic music. It has a very unique way of connecting, synths especially. It’s like they’re not from earth.
How do you juggle your solo career with the other groups you’re in?
I thought it would be hard, but it’s made things easier to be honest. Because you take the experience and lessons from one project to to the next, and it makes you an all-round better artist.
How did your EP come to fruition?
I did one solo song, ‘Mandala’, that was kind of minimal techno. I did that for myself, but it got picked up by a DJ who played it in Berghain, and a label from Berlin reached out to do an EP with them. The four songs I made were more out there – there’s a lot of drum and bass and breakbeats. They went, ‘That’s great, but it’s not really what we’re looking for.’ But I still had the EP.
What were some of the inspirations for the record?
I was listening to a lot of ‘90s Warp stuff like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher. Currently, there are also some unbelievable Irish electronic acts like Bicep and Max Cooper. I tried to mix those two influences together: ’90s drum and bass with the more polished, modern techno sound.
How do you feel about the current Irish electronic scene?
Very positive, I’ve never seen it so healthy. I’ve been following it since I was a teenager and there are a lot of world class acts. The likes of Kipunji, Blimp and Benjamin are making brilliant music. I’m lucky enough to know these guys, and we drive each other on to be the best we can.
• Bridge Burner is released on May 26.
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