That soon change when I developed a passion for music.
I thought myself the drums with the help of a busted up walkman and a slightly warped cassette tape of the Rocky soundtrack, by Survivor.”
He plays Cork Opera House with King Kong Company as part of the
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival on
Sunday, October 29.
Meet Me In The Bathroom, by Lizzy Goodman. A great read for anyone interesting in a view of New York music scene from 2001 - 2011.
Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachael McAdams. The film follows a boxer who sets out to get his life back on track after losing his wife in an accident and his young daughter to protective services. I’m a sucker for these, phoenix from the ashes, type dramas.
I recently seen ‘The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish Part 1 Misery Hill. I really enjoyed this stranger-than fiction life story of the man who was “born Born-hard to a mermaiden mother, swaddled in a baggywrinkle by the Liffey and raised on the banks of the Thames”. It was a good laugh and loved how he tied in the music.
Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’. It’s all there, love, loss and passion. Money is no object – what musical equipment would you buy? A Moog accompanied by a set of timpani. I’d like to limited myself to recording an album with just a Moog, timpani and a drum kit. I know you can get samples, but I’m looking for the real hands on recording experience, no loops, all live takes.
The Wizard Of Oz. It was the first video cassette I had ever seen. I think I was 7 or 8 years old. The movie starts off in black and white and then shifts into colour. For me, this was a magical experience. My brother and I also got hours of entertainment copying the lollipop song welcoming Dorothy to Oz.
R.E.M. Slane 1995. I was a big fan at the time and was just get back to normal after a bad car crash and to me it was a celebration of life.
I really like Paul McLoone’s show.
Can, Sonic Youth and Beethoven. Can you image the rider for Beethoven? Gold pieces, 100 year old wine in shot glasses, type thing.
Frank Black (The Pixies). I played support to The Pixies in 2009 for two nights in the Olympia. Lovely man and a great singer/writer.
Vienna, May 7, 1824. Beethoven first performs his 9th Symphony. It was unique for its time, as it was the first symphony to include chorus and vocal soloist in the final movement. Can you image hearing that choral finally after two hours of the chorus just standing there waiting.
My surname is Hickey. The Irish translation is O hIcidhe, which means healer. My grandad, Michael Hickey, had this quality I believe. I was too young to remember him but I do remember him being this larger than life figure who kept bees, made furniture and brewed poitín.
Tina Weymouth was the bass player for Talking Heads. A big influence on me and any other bass player, who like simple, stone cold, solid bass riffs. Her bass lines are a lot more famous than she is. Talking Heads would not have had such an impact without her.
Everyone turn off your computers, take long walks and chill for a few days each week. We need it, it’s a different time now, everything is moving too fast, but yet not going anywhere.