A question of taste: Aimie Mallon

Aimie Mallon, from just outside Navan, Co Meath, now based in Dublin, is one half of dance band, Le Boom, alongside Chris Leech. 

Le Boom play Townlands Carnival, at Rusheen Farm, Macroom, Co Meath, at 8pm on Sunday, July 23. The three-day festival begins tomorrow.

Best recent book you’ve read:

Cowboys and Indies: The epic history of the record industry.

Best recent film:


Best recent gig you’ve seen and what you enjoyed about it:

Radiohead in the 3arena. Completely inspired, after the gig, by the level of creativity and the production; very spiritual gig.

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

Palms Trax’s ‘Cloud City’.

Money is no object — what piece of musical equipment would you buy, and why?

It would definitely have to a Roland TR-909 drum machine. Its sound is completely iconic to dance music.

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

There have been loads of different examples. But one that really stuck with me was the song ‘About You’, by XXYYXX. I got quiet obsessed with this song. A still from the music video has been my cover photo on Facebook for years now.

The best gig or show you’ve ever seen (if you had to pick one!):

GoGo Penguin in the Sugar Club. I didn’t really know much of their music going to the gig, but what they do live is amazing! A must-see band.

Tell us about your TV viewing:

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but some series that I love are Master of None, Orange is the New Black, and Stranger Things. Binge-watching after a festival is the only cure.

Radio listening and/or podcasts:

Drumcode Radio all the way! The podcasts are great.

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

The Chemical Brothers, Porcupine Tree, and Cirez D. I saw the Chemical Brothers last year, for the first time, at Electric Picnic, and it was honestly one of the happiest moments of my life. They were incredible! I have never seen Porcupine Tree or Cirez D, but they are two bucket-list acts for me.

Your best/most famous celebrity encounter:

George Fitzgerald, after his gig in the Button Factory. I couldn’t believe it!

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

Either New York during the disco era or Detroit, early ’90s, the beginning of techno music.

Unsung hero — individual, organisation or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve:

Joy Booth — a friend of the family, who, in my teenage years, put on youth gigs to give young teenagers an opportunity to play music live. She took me under her wing and inspired me to pursue a career in music. And also to note she is an unbelievable musician.

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

Equal rights for all people!


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