- 21 Aug 18
Up-and-coming songwriter Sean OB talks about his years of struggle and how working with Hozier's producer set him on the path to the big time.
Overnight success has been a long time coming for Sean O'Brien - aka troubadour of the hour, Sean OB. With major label backing and a fast-expanding fanbase, the pithy songwriter, whose music splices glimmering wit and punk fervour, is regarded as one of the most exciting Irish talents around. But behind a seemingly effortless rise lie years of heartache and toil.
"It was awful - I nearly gave up," the straight-talking Tallaght native tells Hot Press. "I had a good lost year were I didn't think it would ever work."
He never completely surrendered hope, though, and one of his demos eventually found its way to Dermot Lambert, once of '90s indie strivers Blink and now a guiding force behind independent gig promoters Garageband. Lambert in turn passed O'Brien's single 'Teacher' to esteemed BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, who was blown away, naming it his track of the week. Just like that everything changed.