Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Kelan O’Reilly, I’m from Dublin, Ireland, and I sing in Versive.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
Would have to say my current favourite Irish act are Only Rivals. I’ve known the guys for years and their songs never fail to impress. They deserve all the success coming their way.
What’s it really like touring?
Touring is great. There’s really nothing better. But it can be tough. Being on the road, getting to play new cities and towns each day and take in the sights is amazing; Being constantly on the go, spending half your time cramped into a tour van with 4 or 5 other people for weeks on end, however, can definitely take its toll. Conditions are not always as pleasant as people might imagine. Hotels are ideal, but unfortunately not always cost effective. Sometimes a nice carpeted floor or a few cushions from a couch are the best you can hope for.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
I was actually only discussing this with a friend the other day and I would have to say from a technical point of view Vicar Street in Dublin is one of the nicest venues I have ever played. The Academy has always been good to us as well. Oh and back in the day, Eamonn Dorans in Temple Bar, I really miss that place. I’ll never forget the atmosphere in there at a packed show. It was crazy. Other than that though I would have to say Newcastle has always been a favourite of mine. We got to play there a number of times with our previous bands and always got an incredible reception! Hmmm, didn’t really settle on a favourite there did I…
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
The ideal festival line-up for me is filled with punk rock, post-hardcore, pop punk, and a bit of ska for good measure. Not much chance of finding something like that here in Ireland, but luckily there are a few festivals in the UK and Europe that fit the bill every year.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Since this is a new band for us I would have say our biggest achievement has been exactly that – Forming this band, and going on to recording and release our debut EP in the space of only a few months. The fact that people seem to enjoy what we’re doing is a nice bonus.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
So far I think we’ve been lucky enough to avoid bad advice… or advice in general really. Maybe we just don’t listen. Maybe we should? But no, I think at this stage, after all we’ve been through with the previous bands we were in, first and foremost we’re just doing this for ourselves. We know what we’re aiming for and what to avoid.
What do you do to relax?
Funnily enough I still find listening to music to be the most relaxing thing I can do. Doesn’t matter if it’s a nice atmospheric film score or an aggressive rock album, it all has the same effect! Eating is also good. I like food.
What are you reading?
I have to admit I don’t read much. At the moment though I happen to be reading a graphic novel (hey, it’s better than nothing) called ‘Seconds’. It’s a funny, charming, and insightful story about second chances and existential angst from the writer of Scott Pilgrim. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in to that kind of thing.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
My favourite show of the last few months would have ‘The Leftovers’. It’s quite a bleak show that tackles a lot of deep existential issues (anyone notice a pattern here?), but I found it incredible compelling and oddly uplifting. The performances are probably the best I’ve seen on TV in quite some time. Also, ‘The Walking Dead’. It’s been known to wreck my head in the past with its aimless drawn out storylines, but it actually ain’t half bad this year.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
I do actually! It’s a really well made LOST tribute video that sums up the entire story, in chronological order, in just under 9 minutes. All set to a pretty epic song by a band called Anberlin that ties in nicely with the themes of the show.
What website do you visit most?
My most visited website is definitely www.darkhorizons.com It’s just a simple movie/tv news site, but it always has the most up to date information and trailers without resorting to the tacky sensationalism of some other similar sites.
What is your favourite:
Record? – Agh! Yeah, this is always a hard question. Too many great albums. For now I’m going to say Between The Heart And The Synapse by The Receiving End Of Sirens… or Killing Time by Bayside… or…
Song? Has to be ‘The Decline’ – by NOFX
Lost classic song? Probably not a “lost” classic but… ‘Africa’ by Toto! Haha.
Did you see they’re playing Vicar Street soon? Might have to check them out.
Record label? Don’t know if I have one. Back in the day I was definitely influenced by a lot of bands on Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph and Drive Thru.
Who is your favourite current artist?
I’ve been listening a lot to a new band called PVRIS. They’re kind of poppy with a dark edge but their songs are incredibly catchy, and the singer has a great voice as well.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Going back to my answer from one of the earlier questions… Only Rivals. They just finished recording their first album and I can’t wait to hear it.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
The last great gig I saw was Twenty One Pilots in The New Academy a few weeks ago. The atmosphere was incredible. Their live show was spot on and so full of energy. They had the crowd in the palm of their hand, interacting with them and getting them involved in very inventive ways.
OH! Emmm… I can barely remember it but… Wheatus maybe? Years ago in the SFX. What was that all about? Everyone went for that one song. Also Staind. Remember them? God that was awful.
What should we expect from your live shows?
ENERGY! Loud songs, good times, and lots of energy.
Versive were photographed by Liam Devine