Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Mick from unsigned Dublin trio Tanjier to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Mick - We are Tanjier, an alt-pop trio from Ireland featuring Mick Killen (guitar), Tommy Buckley (vox/keys) and Ronan Lynch (keys). We couldn't think of a band name for ages and we had our first gig coming up. One day we just decided to throw a dart at a map and it landed on the city, Tangier. Myself and Ronan met in pre-school, aged 3. We spent our teenage years playing in dodgy Oasis-esque bands. I went to primary teacher training college at 18 and met Tommy there. We bonded over music and began playing music casually together. It organically led to us forming Tanjier. We asked Ronan to join soon after.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Tommy - I'm was a huge Coldplay fan growing up and they were the reason I started playing piano. I listened to a lot of pop music growing up. Now I listen to a lot of bands like LANY, Lauv.
Mick - I remember being in the back seat of the car when I was 11. Oasis' Live Forever came on the radio. I was hooked, I just wanted to play music after that. I've gone through many musical obsessions from Oasis, The Beatles, Father John Misty, Bon Iver and Bob Dylan. Now I'm going through a real 1975 and Sigrid buzz.
Ronan - I listened to a lot Oasis and The Beatles when I was younger. Now I'm listening to a lot of Billie Eilish.
How would you describe your sound?
Ronan - We're inspired by acts like LCD Soundsystem and the likes of LANY or Sigrid. Mick gets his Tanjier guitar melody influences from bands like Foals, or The 1975.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Tommy - Our latest release is called 'Days'. My girlfriend moved to Abu Dhabi in 2017 while I stayed in Ireland to pursue a career in music. The lyrics describe the first time my partner came home after being away for a few months. As I’m currently in a long-distance relationship, it’s hard sometimes not to write songs about that. This song explores how great it is to spend time with your partner when you’ve been apart for months, but, on the flip-side, how awful the goodbye moments are.
What’s your local music scene like?
Ronan - Dublin is hopping at the minute. In Ireland, there is a golden age of Irish music with independent Irish artists really making some phenomenal art. Acts like Rosie Carney, Jafaris, Le Boom, SYLK, True Tides, Kojaque, Let's Set Sail are really changing the definition of what it means to be an Irish artist.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Tommy - We are busy recording music and might release it in an EP format. We have some festivals in Ireland coming up this summer and hope to come over to the UK in 2020 as part of a tour.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Mick - Absolutely. In the Irish scene, AE Mak, Le Boom, Laoise, True Tides, All Tvvins, SYLK, Jafaris. In an worldwide scenario, Ronan would love to collab with Daft Punk and I'd love to collab with Bon Iver or The 1975. Tommy's no.1 choice would be LANY I'm sure!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Ronan - We had a power cut last year at a festival. The song was in its quietest part and it was about to reach its crescendo. The power cut at exactly the point where all the instruments came back in. The only thing you could hear was Mick's guitar screaming on its own through the amp.
There was also the time Tommy got a bug half way through a set nearly threw up onstage in Cork. Funny in hindsight but not so much at the time! Cleaning puke off a Nord keyboard would not be fun.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Mick - We're sound, come see us live.