A question of taste: Trick Mist

By Des O’Driscoll

Gavin Murray records under the name Trick Mist, and releases his debut album, Both Ends, next week via Pizza Pizza Records. 

Gavin Murray, aka Trick Mist.

He also plays the music trail of Other Voices in Dingle (Nov 31 – Dec 2). Murray grew up in Ardee, Co Louth, and after living in the UK for a while, moved to Cork last year. Much of the album was written and recorded while travelling in India and South-East Asia, and he cites such eclectic influences as Villagers, Aphex Twin, Radiohead and The Gloaming.

Best recent book you’ve read:

I’m a bit of a skimmer. The last time I read a decent chunk of something was when I was travelling in South India. I read India after Gandhi which looks at the turbulent formation of the Indian state. Also I, like probably many other people in the country, greatly enjoy picking up Atlas of The Irish Revolution from time to time.

Best recent film:

Black 47. Such a vivid portrayal of such a decisive moment in our history which we could do with learning more about.

Best recent show/gig you’ve seen:

Dundalk band Just Mustard who are on the same label as me (Pizza Pizza Records) in Crane Lane in Cork recently. They were next level. Organised, beautiful noise.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old):

A piece called ‘Swallows Tempest’ by a guy called Gigi Masin. He’s an Italian composer who makes beautiful, slow, chilled, meditative electronic music. I played it for my pals in the car on the way home from Electric Picnic this year. We were a little worse for wear and it was perfectly soothing.

First ever piece of music or gig that really moved you:

I remember hearing ‘The Morning Dew’ by The Chieftains when I was eight and it completely floored me. It’s so dark and menacing my imagination ran riot. The bodhrán at the start is so cool. I was learning the bodhrán at the time so it has always stuck with me.

The best gig you’ve ever seen:

One that really sticks out is a quite recent performance by folk singer Radie Peat at Live at St Luke’s in Cork as part of Sounds From A Safe Habour Festival last year. Her voice is utterly incredible. The church setting was so well suited to the sparseness and rawness of the music. Powerful stuff. Hairs on the back of your neck territory.

Radio listening and/or podcasts:

I absolutely love The Blindboy Podcast. I think it’s absolutely gas and is great for your head. It’s informative and simmers you down. I also like Fin Dywer’s Irish history Podcast. His in-depth study of the famine is so interesting. Totally addictive!

You’re curating a dream festival — which three artists are on the bill?

An eclectic lineup... Radiohead, Four Tet and Jinx Lennon.

Your best celebrity encounter:

When I was 22, I worked as a pastry chef in London. I was putting my elaborately decorated pavlovas on the cake counter and I spotted Aaron Dessner from The National sitting down. I walked over to him and told him that his music makes my life as colourful as those pavlovas over there! I was just a kid, so cringe but I’m kinda glad I said it. However awkward it is, it’s always nice to tell someone what their art does to you.

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

I’ve always been fascinated with the experimental music movement ‘Music Concrete’ which happened in Paris in the ’40s. I’d love to be a fly on the wall and hear what was emanating from their studio and how they would have talked about/rationalised it. These guys were doing painstaking, groundbreaking experiments in sound, ruffling many feathers and changing the course of music forever. They made music out of manipulated recordings and are regarded as the inventors of sampling. Its a process close to my heart, which I rely heavily on.

Do you have any interesting ancestors or family?

My dad’s people are from Cork and myself, my dad and my brother went on a bit of an ancestral pilgrimage recently. It culminated in us visiting a tomb with all our male ancestors in it out west. There are two priests buried in it who were killed during the Penal Laws. Mind-boggling stuff. It was a very exceptional Tuesday evening.


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