by / January 12th, 2012 /

2012: Top Story: Faces of 2012: Tenaka

Limerick producer Ronan Carroll makes brooding electronica under the moniker of Tenaka. Collaborating with Sacred Animals, Holy Roman Army, Sorcha Brennan, Daithi and Elaine Mai, his Ephemeral EP is an introspective collection of metronomic arrangements and live instrumentation with casting scope and ambition whetting our appetites for Tenaka’s debut full length album in 2012.

How did you get started making music?

I was always passionate about music but never considered writing my own until I bought a guitar a few years back. What first started out as chord based tracks pretty quickly diverged towards more melodic elements which led me towards the music I make today.

Anyone you’d like to collaborate with?

I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some amazing Irish artists including Sacred Animals and Nina Hynes and each one has brought something big to the table. I hope to continue that trend with future releases so I’m always open to collaborative ideas.

What’s your best song and why?

Every new track I work on becomes my favourite track at that time, whether it be an original piece or a remix. I think it’s important to view creative projects in this way as you always have to be looking forward, confident that your best work is ahead of you.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I’m really excited about the ‘Lightbox’ Irish/UK tour which will take place at the end of February where I’ll get to share the stage with some of my favourite Irish artists including Bantum, Feel Good Lost, Monto, Reid, Sert One and Simon Bird. Its going to be great! Ill release my debut album this year as well which will be a big achievement for me.

Photo: Kieran Frost

‘Ephemeral’ created by Musea Murison and directed by Cormac O Conaire from Tenaka on Vimeo.