It’s a long way from a TV talent show to becoming one of the most talked about new artists of the year, but for the Galwegian it seems to be nothing but a small step. Using his fiddle as a starting point, Daithí pushes things forward with a bank of Kaoss pads, loopstations and electronics to fuse tradition with the modern in a way that no-one else is really doing right now.
Describe yourself and your music.
Electronic, with pieces of math rock and traditional Irish music thrown in.
Anyone you’d like to collaborate with?
Plenty of people, I’m very interested in putting vocals on my tracks (I can’t sing a note). I’m currently working on an album that will feature many guest artists, I’m really enjoying getting different input.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m learning how to write lyrics a the moment, and have taken to writing essays about different memories and times over the last couple of years, so I guess college life is a big inspiration. I’m also listening to more music now than I have ever done, I’m loving the Irish music scene at the moment, it’s an exciting place to be right now.
Photo: Sean Conroy