A question of taste: Siobhan Brosnan - DJ

Siobhan Brosnan is from Limerick originally but moved to Cork for college but ended up staying on Leeside for 10 years. She now lives in Dublin and have been working with marketing agency Thinkhouse. As a DJ, she goes under the name Shiv, and as part of the Cuttin Heads music collective in Cork, she will be playing at Cyprus Avenue on Sunday for a benefit in aid of the Sexual Violence Centre in Cork. Other acts performing on the night include the Altered Hours and Stevie G.

Tickets €10, from 6pm until late.

Best recent book you’ve read: Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

Best recent film: Palestine Underground, Boiler Room documentary. Really enjoyed seeing the positive effects of music in a war torn country.

Best recent show/gig you’ve seen: Katie Kim and the Crash Ensemble at the NCH. Stunning music, amazing talent and an incredible atmosphere.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old): Really enjoying the new Oscar Mulero ‘Resolutions’release, lots of nice ambient electronic tracks which is different to his usual 4/4 stuff.

First ever piece of music or gig that really moved you: Fleetwood Mac, ‘The Chain’, that bass!

The best gig or DJ set you’ve ever seen (if you had to pick one!): Rephlex Records [electronic music label] 21st birthday at Bangface in the UK in 2012, featuring Aphex Twin and loads more.

Tell us about your TV viewing: I go through phases of watching TV but in general would only watch one show a day. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is good for a laugh, also really enjoyed Mr Mercedes.

Radio listening and/or podcasts:

  • Gilles Peterson, BBC,

  • Blue Of The Night, Lyric FM,

  • Future Music FM shows in general, always good for dance music,

  • Kutmah Presents, NTS

  • Blindboy Podcast.

    You’re curating your dream festival — which three artists are on the bill, living or dead?

    King Crimson


    Aphex Twin

    You can portal back to any period of human cultural history or music event — where, when, and why?

    Queen at Live Aid in 1985. What a performance!

    Unsung hero — individual, organisation or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve: I really like the work of Give Us The Night, who campaign for later nightclub hours. The Irish system is outdated and badly affects promoters, artists, businesses and music fans alike. Dublin hours are open until 3am already. A 4am finish would be helpful to preventing aggro on the streets after. Even the Government could benefit.

    You are queen for a day — what’s your first decree?

    Fix the housing system by making the entire system more transparent, eg public files of all landlords available with previous rent charges shown clearly. As part of this initiative I’d examine all politicians, their property assets and their dealings with asset management companies. The country is being sold out from under us and it’s a joke. We should not stand for corruption or lack of decent, fair, transparent policies.

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