Who are you and where are you from?
Hello there! I’m Conor from the band OTHERKIN, we tend to assemble for music activities and other antics in Clontarf, Co.Dublin.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
I’ve had The Lion and the Cobra by Sinead O’Connor on repeat for months, she’s the absolute bloody best. In terms of local artists we’ve played with I think Squarehead, Other Creatures, Raglans, Bitch Falcon and The Academic are all exciting young Irish artists.
What’s it really like touring?
Ahhhh, touring is the absolute craic. I can’t wait to go on tour with the lads in November, being on the road with your three best mates is every bit as fun and chaotic as you’d imagine.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
You have to love Dublin, and there’s so many good venues to pick from. We’ve had memorable shows in The Workmans, The Grand Social and Thomas House. I’ve a huge soft spot for Whelans though, the sound is always bang on the money, and the stage height allows you to get weird and vibey with the crowd.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Oooof that’s hard. I think it’s essential to have music to suit the time of day, and mood. For the earlier slots I’d like more relaxed vibes like Jose Gonzales, Thievery Corporation and Efterklang. Later in the day you want something to get you pumped for the headliners, The Hives and Wolf Alice would be suited to this. Top off the night with a filthy electronic act, and a golden oldie. Let’s say LCD Soundsystem and Fleetwood Mac.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Being asked to play the BBC Introducing stage at Leeds and Reading this year was definitely a huge achievement for the band. We were the only Irish band asked to play this stage, and the likes of PEACE and Wolf Alice were doing their secret sets directly after us, it was a really cool experience.
What do you do to relax?
You can’t go wrong with a cup of tea, and plugging in your guitar, I’ve pretty much had that routine since I started playing music. I was also very dependent on Sigur Ros albums to get me though college, v v soothing.
What are you reading?
I’m reading Heaven and Hell by Don Felder, it’s a really interesting insight into The Eagles career, it documents everything from the recording sessions to the thrashed hotel rooms.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Yeah, Narcos is absolutely incredible. It’s a Netflix series about Pablo Escobar and the DEA agents that were trying to do him in. I’d give it a solid 9/10.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
‘You’re a wizard harry’ – I’M A WHAT. Get’s me every single time.
What website do you visit most?
I’ve found myself on NME a lot ever since they started doing clickbait articles, I’m a sucker for a top 10 list. I’m a big fan of AdWeek and iD Magazine too, they always have a broad range of interesting articles which means you’re not just reading about the same industries or people over and over again.
Who is your favourite current artist?
It was FIDLAR but the second album is a bit naff. I’ve recently come across a band called Black Honey, they’re doing it for me at the moment.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
The War On Drugs and Tame Impala melted my face off at Electric Picnic. American Football were also incredible at Reading, I was very happy we managed to catch them live.
I caught a bit of Panic! At The Disco at Reading, it made me realise how dreadful my taste in music was as a teenager.
You can catch Otherkin playing The Grand Social tonight.