PopVLTR Interview (2013)

I was updating the website this morning and found this dead link. Makes me kinda depressed when I click on those things. Anyway, it was an interview for a since closed Californian based music magazine called PopVLTR. I thought i’d post it here as it no longer exists on the Interwebs and whatnot.

It took us a little longer than expected to follow up with the second record but hey!, we got there 😉


popVLTR: You’ve been making moves in New York, how’d you get into music?

When I was about 12 years old I started playing an old Japanese Yamaki guitar that had always been lying around the house—and by fifteen I was playing in various bands around Dublin and writing my own material (of questionable quality). In my mid-twenties I lived in Australia for about a year and performed as a singer-songwriter in bars around Melbourne, which was a huge learning experience. I moved to New York when I was twenty six but gave up music for several years due, in part, to some pretty bad writer’s block. I picked it up again recently and the result was Supersmall. I’m glad I gave music a second chance, I’ve been having more fun with it then I’ve ever had in the past.

popVLTR: Congrats on ‘This Other World’, who are some of your influences?

Neil Finn would be the biggest influence. His masterful skill with melody, throwing in a chord you weren’t expecting at just the right time, and of course the imagery and mood he creates through his lyrics have all had a big effect on the band. Aimee Mann, Neko Case, Thom Yorke and Pink Floyd along with jazz and blues have all left their mark in various ways.

popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music?

I’ve had some interesting shows and experiences, either solo when living in Australia or with various bands I played with back in Dublin. To be honest, making This Other World with the limited time and resources we had, the positive response we’ve received and getting back into music again is top of my list.

popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for Supersmall?

Daniela and I are both looking forward to returning to the studio at the end of November to begin recording new material for our first full-length album. This time round we are going to spread the recordings over several months and spend more time on the songs. Hopefully by next summer we’ll have a new record to release. There’s a music video in the works, too. It’s something quite different and I’m anxious to see how that will turn out. We’ve also been talking about a possible small tour of New England in the spring—that would be fun, I hear they have some fine Irish pubs up there.

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