Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Ian Kelly. I’m from Finglas in Dublin and I sing in Stairwells.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
What’s it really like touring?
It’s pretty great to be honest. You get to see a new place every single day and meet a lot of like minded people while getting to experience different cultures. There’s also lots of free time for exploring, seeking out weird food and there’s a lot of time for catching up on reading in the van. Oh and did I mention you get to play your songs to people that live hundreds of miles away. Greatest thing in the world.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
My favourite place to play is Regensburg, Germany. Coolest most chill place I’ve ever been. Beautiful city, lovely people, great food and one of the only places I’ve been that I liked more than Dublin. My favourite venue though is the Banshees Labyrinth in Edinburgh. It built in the old Edinburgh dungeons and is creepy as hell. My old band played there on Halloween a few years back and they have a cinema in the venue so I watched the Exorcist before we played haha. Pretty cool.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Taylor Swift, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, The Wonder Years, American Nightmare, (old) Green Day and a bunch of other bands like that.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
We pretty much finalised our line up in October 2014 and started writing songs and we put out our first album for free at the start of March so I guess that’s a pretty cool achievement? We ran out of the 200 free downloads bandcamp give you a month in less than a day. I know none of us expected anything like that. It was really awesome. It’s been a lot of fun doing this band and I’m excited to see what else we can do this year.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
An old band of mine pulled out of a really cool opportunity before because we were told we were going to lose money on it, but if you’re in a band and you think that you’re not going to lose a heap load of money at the start you are dreaming haha. Music is a labour of love and you need to go into knowing that you’re going to to spend every spare penny you have on it and probably not going to see any of it back and if you do?? Then happy days.
What do you do to relax?
I read a lot of books, hang out with my friends, see movies and just other everyday things that most people do.
What are you reading?
I just finished Post Office by Charles Bukowski and it was really cool. I’m currently reading The Opposite Of Loneliness. It’s the collected works of Marina Keegan who died in a car accident 2 weeks after she graduated from Yale. She was due start a job at the New Yorker and I’m in love with everything I have read so far.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I just started watching the Blacklist and it’s so good. Apart from that I’m currently watching The Flash, Arrow, Agents of Shield, Ghost Adventures, The US Office and Under the Dome. Lost is the greatest show ever made.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
I do. Stone Cold ET is by far the greatest thing to ever happen to the internet haha.
What website do you visit most?
I guess all the usuals like FB, Twitter and Tumblr. Apart from that I check out some blogs about abandon places, unexplained events and other stuff like that.
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What is your favourite:
Record? Fireworks, Gospel
Song? Into It. Over It. – ‘Augusta, GA’
Lost classic song?
Run For Cover
Who is your favourite current artist?
The Wonder Years. They are one of the only bands that I listen to that have got better with every new release. They are recording a new album at the moment and I can’t wait to hear it.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
The Winter Passing from Roscrea. Not new to the Irish scene but they’ve just signed to 6131 records in America and I’m so excited to see what they do over the next couple years.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
The Wonder Years in Fibbers last year was pretty special. That band is pretty huge right now and it was cool to see them in such a small venue. The warmest I’ve ever been in my life haha.
Hmmm that’s a hard one. When Balance and Composure played in Fibbers a while back the singer must have been really sick because his voice kept going so that was hugely disappointing.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
I would say that we set out to have a fairly fast paced emotional set, while incorporating a few slow intense moments that pull the whole thing together.
Stairwells’ eponymous album album is out now and you can catch them live at The Mercantile on Saturday 4th April with special guests The Winter Passing, Axecatcher & Homecomings.