A Dream, The Night
Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with A Dream, The Night find out more about them…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the duo name?
Julianne Murray (Clare) and Adam Alcock (Carlow). We met in college whilst studying music production in LIT. We had a project where we all had to work together and I think it was then that we realised we liked each other's style! We worked together and came up with songs that we still enjoy playing now... and that you may see in our future album!
The band name is sort of based off a Yin & Yang type idea - the meeting of light and dark in a lot of our music. The wording normally catches people but that's ok, haha.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Julianne: Ellie Goulding was probably the artist that inspired me the most. Especially when I was around 16 - her unique falsetto/melisma-heavy style was unusual and unique to me... and was something I slightly wanted to try and mimic! She inspired me to learn the guitar and to start singing and writing with it. I don't play it much now, as I've gone more electronic but she definitely sparked the musical passion in me to start writing songs.
Daughter at the moment are my main source of inspiration... the lead singer's truthful, hold-nothing-back style of lyric writing is very poignant, you can really feel her pain and empathise with her through every tune. And I think that's beautiful.
Production wise I love Chet Faker and James Blake for their minimalism and use of samples.
Adam: When I was around 18 I became interested in DJing and started to listen to a lot of house music and other styles of dance music. I bought my first set of vinyl decks and attempted to DJ *very badly* for a while. Seeing Disclosure live definitely sparked this even more and that's the kind of set up I would love to aim towards in a live show. When I realised DJing wasn’t quite for me I sold the decks and bought myself a Fender Telecaster. After listening to King Krule’s use of jazzy chords and melodies he influenced me a lot into using new chords and attempting to learn more chord voicing.
At the moment Bonobo is an inspiration to both of us, actually. We have a couple of instrumental sections in our set that have been influenced by Bonobo’s tribal percussion and ethnic melodies. The man's a God!
How would you describe your sound?
Well, specifically... every song is completely different and normally has an entirely different set of influences (depending on what we've been listening to and inspired by), but broadly I would say that our overall sound would be a blend of nostalgic atmosphere with strong beats. Created with moody minimalistic, R&B reflective instrumentation.
Our style influences ranging from Electro Pop (The xx & James Blake) to Alternative Rock (Daughter & Chet Faker) and many more.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Sick Day. Early beginnings of this song, it was a project of Adam's whilst in college, he was inspired by machine beeps whilst visiting a family member in hospital. After Adam sent Julianne a version of the song she loved the vibe of it and the lyrics were later added. The lyrics were inspired by that post-breakup feeling you get when you feel like things aren't fully over with and you still have that unfinished fascination with a person.
What’s your local music scene like?
Our local music scene would be Limerick. Whenever we were in college we tried to play moreso in the underground scene but there are many spots that we hope to play over a spread out time. There is a number of brilliant indie bands coming out of Limerick at the moment e.g Kodu and Van Panther that we try to work with any time we can!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We hope to choose another single to release. As Sick Day is still so new we'd like to see how that goes before we release another one! We play mostly originals during our 90min set so it will be a bit of a toss up between a few from that. We'll then release an EP and then later, an album.
We hope to play a string of festivals next year! We love playing to an excited crowd.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There really are so many: James Blake, Flight Facilities, Disclosure....
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
At one festival we were supposed to play at they didn't have a PA, so we ended up asking a DJ nicely could we plug into his area (which was actually really cool with a maze and different sections) and we put on a show in the sunshine to a very hungover crowd. It was actually lovely and very memorable.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your duo?
We fully write, record and produce all our own songs within the confines of a lovely spare room.
A Dream, The Night are playing a gig at Whelan's in Dublin on Saturday 16th September. More info here.