Snapshots of the World- Local Photographer Nick Kane.

One of the basics in photography is framing, and when the landscape or scene naturally presents you with a perfect frame then half the work is done for you.

Nick Kane is a 24 year old QUB MA Graduate and photographer based in Belfast. Having recently made the leap to start showcaisng his photography on platforms like Instagram and Unslplash- Nick chatted to The Jumble Magazine about adapting creativley over the past year, finding inspiration in Irelands stunning scenery, and his hopes for the future.

I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, I’ve loved it since I was a kid, but I really got into photography around 2014-15. I was watching a few travel vloggers on YouTube who also happened to be amazing landscape and travel photographers. My dad was really into photography when he was my age – so he was all for offering advice and support.

Everyone needs some form of creative outlet, but I’m terrible at drawing, and tried twice to pick up the guitar but never really got into it. So photography came along and it’s something I’ve stuck at ever since. 

I’m 24 now, and I graduated from Queen’s at the end of 2019 with a MA in Violence, Terrorism, and Security. One of my favorite pastimes is going for walks or hikes, either around my local area or to one of our coastlines, forests, or mountains. I’d definitely like to expand my interest in photography beyond a hobby, and contribute more to actual productions or causes.

From a recent winter hike up the Mournes. Mountain ranges already offer a lot of depth and texture and the snow on the peak just adds to that.

When I first took up photography I focused almost solely on landscapes. I guess this type of photography appeals to any newcomer because it’s static – the view isn’t going anywhere. So, you have plenty of time to learn the ropes when it comes to exposure, shutter speed etc. Practice makes perfect, and landscape photography is forgiving enough to let you take your time.

It’s also the most accessible form of photography, especially in Ireland. We have a stunning coastline, rolling mountain ranges, and lush green fields all around. Street photography requires a lot of confidence, the idea of just walking around and candidly taking photographs of people going about their day-to-day business, and you need expensive zoom lenses and a lot of patience for wildlife photography. But landscape photography is something you can incorporate into your weekend hikes or trips to the North Coast. 

“The most inspiring part however, is that it makes you really appreciate your natural surroundings and the beauty that your home, but also the wider world, has to offer.”

However, my favorite places to photograph are always abroad. Not that there’s a lack of things to shoot in Ireland, but I find when you go abroad you appreciate scenes and finer details which you take for granted back home. An alleyway in Belfast can offer just as many interesting features and compositions as a cobbled street in Italy, but the extra visual awareness you have visiting somewhere you’ve never been before brings so many more creative opportunities to mind.

This is from a trip to Portugal a few years ago. There’s so much depth, texture and variety of colour in this shot. One of my favourite to date.

I’d say my favourite place overall to take photos is Croatia. I’ve visited twice, and on both occasions the country has offered up stunning natural landscapes, aesthetically pleasing cobbled streets dotted with market stalls, shops, signage, and historic architecture. The sunsets from the coast are some of the best in the world.

The restrictions over the past year have defiantly had an impact on my photography. Not only have I not left the island since November 2019, but travelling around within Ireland has obviously been curtailed due to the pandemic. Combined with work being a bit crazy the past while, I’ve not had anywhere near as much opportunities as before to go out and take photos. I managed to visit Connemara in Co. Galway at the end of last summer, so it was nice to visit somewhere different even if it only was about 200 miles away. I found it took me a while to get into a creative mindset because I hadn’t been out with the camera for so long, but I came home after a few days with some great shots.

I’ve also been wanting to get more into street photography which isn’t something that’s exactly helped by a global pandemic. The streets were completely empty for a while and are still pretty quiet, and you can’t chat with people or get near them to compose a shot when you’re meant to keep your distance.

On a more positive note, being forced to stay local means that I’m a lot more appreciative of my surroundings and they’re featuring a lot more prominently in my work that they would have before.

One of my favourite shots from my trip to Connemara last summer. The Irish countryside provides a much needed escape from the crazy world we’re living in right now. 

I’m a big fan of Shane Taylor, another Irish photographer, who lives in London. His street photography captures candid images of Londoners going about their daily lives, and as you’d expect the wide variety of faces in the city makes for an even greater variety of scenes. There’s so much you can do with the reflections of shop windows, or picking out moments of calm from a bustling crowd, so it’ll be nice once restrictions are lifted to even walk about Belfast city centre on a busy day taking photos. 

I’ve also just gotten into film. Up until now I’ve been shooting solely on my Nikon D3300 DSLR, but my dad recently gave me his Olympus OM20 film camera that’s just shy of 40 years old. There’s a look and feel that you get from analogue photography, which while it can be mimicked in editing your digital images using various tools in Lightroom, just doesn’t quite look as good as the real deal. It’s also a much more manual form of photography which pushes you to learn more and take your time, especially when your SD card capable of holding a few thousand shots has been replaced by a roll of 36 exposures.

Overall, I’d just like to broaden my audience and show my art to more people. I’ve had a profile on Unsplash for a few years now which lets people download and use my images for wallpapers, or for royalty-free (but credited!) use in their own creations. My photos have just over 14 million views on Unsplash and have been used in tourism adverts, and most recently a campaign for visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states for music touring professionals, bands, musicians, and artists – it’s so rewarding to see my art being used by others to promote their own!

From the march in support from marriage equality from May 2019. Protest marches are great to take photos of, especially when they’re as colourful as this one.

You can check out more of Nick Kane’s work on Unsplash and Instagram.

Fresh New Tune: ‘Autopilot Paradise’ by Lemonade Shoelace.

Photo by Carrie Davenport

Lemonade Shoelace is a one man psychedelic pop rock project created by Newcastle (Co. Down) native Ruairí Richman. The project has grown over the past year and a half and the debut single ‘Autopilot Paradise’ has just been released, and it sounds like a dreamy ode to summer days, perfect for fans of the likes of ‘Tame Impala’ or ‘Air’.   Ruairí spoke to The Jumble Magazine about the new track, his future plans, and what inspires him most. 

I started making music about 5/6 years ago, but I began to take it all more  seriously over the past year and a half when I started Lemonade Shoelace.  I have four talented band members who join me on stage when I perform live, but sadly there hasn’t been a whole lot of live performances as of late.  

I guess my music is like a hypnotic explosion of melodies, with a  sprinkle of psychedelic synths. ‘A Psychedelic Sundae; is a good way to  describe it.  

Normally, my main source of inspiration comes from whatever my mind is focused on  at any time… recently, that’s been self development, being happy, and a good deal of escapism. I want to make music  that people can use as an escape, and I’m obsessed with catchy  melodies. Space and time give me a lot of inspiration too, and the idea that  we are floating on a rock at a million miles an hour is something I always wander about.  

Photo by Carrie Davenport.

 I’ve found that the past year has had a varied influence on my music. Nearly all of  the tunes that I’m releasing were actually written and produced from the  start of lock down as I had a lot more time to focus on my sound and  lyrics. It definitely inspired what I was writing about and pushed more of that feeling of escapism I was talking about before. The local scene took much more of a hit than I did though. I was living and studying in Dublin whilst working in Whelan’s at the time, and going from being right in the centre of the Irish scene to being back home to a lonely Newcastle was quite a contrast. It’s still pretty crazy what happened, the start of lock down feels like an overslept dream to me. 

I think my favourite tune of mine at the moment is ‘Do Whatever Makes  You Happy’. I can’t wait to get it out into the world. I wrote it to help myself, and hopefully other people through tough and uncertain times, and it certainly worked on me. 

‘Autopilot Paradise’ has just been released.  My  band and I played a version of it and another tune live at The Oh Yeah Centre which you can watch here.  I have a cool collaborative DIY music video on my Youtube Channel too. It’s a cover of ‘After the Storm’ by  Kali Uchis ft. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins. The cover is featuring Leah Whearty & Finnbarr Richman, it’s a great piece to check out if you wanna have a boogie. 


Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Lemonade Shoelace EP, and stay up to date with the project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can listen to ‘Autopilot Paradise’ on The Jumble Magazine Local Music Playlist and check out Lemonade Shoelace on Spotify.

The Power of Storytelling: Wee Yarn Productions.

Aoibh and Cahal, Photo courtesy of Wee Yarn Productions

NI creative arts production company ‘Wee Yarn Productions’ was founded by Aoibh Johnson and Cahal Clarke, who felt the need to platform and produce their own work while studying their masters degrees in Contemporary Performance Practice.  With ‘Wee Yarn Productions’ Aoibh and Cahal have found success all across the North, and have even traveled with their talents to Australia, only coming home again when COVID-19 restrictions popped up last year. Aoibh spoke to the Jumble Magazine about the company and their story, as well as one of their latest pieces of spoken word “In Solidarity with all the Women and Girls” which was written in response to the recent international conversations about women’s safety following the tragic death of Sarah Everad. 

Originally studying theatre, myself and Cahal are both passionate about storytelling and its impact on the world around us. We are strong believers in creating art to explore, question and illuminate our world. Not long after establishing the company, Wee Yarn produced our first original play, ‘The Daughters of Róisín’  (written by Aoibh) , which was a play about the church and state abuse against women in Ireland over the last 100 years. Shortly after this, we had the opportunity to travel to South Australia, and bring the production to the Adelaide Fringe. This was an invaluable experience, which allowed Wee Yarn Productions to collaborate with international artists, perform on an international stage, and truly appreciate the power of performance to educate, inspire and resonate. Wee Yarn throughout this time had the opportunity to collaborate with artists in both South Australia and Melbourne, which was an incredible opportunity. 

Photo courtesy of Wee Yarn Productions

Due to COVID-19, like many artists, we were forced to return home as the industry took a huge blow with theatres and venues closing for the foreseeable. However, we made the decision to not be defeated, but instead adapt to this ever changing world. We are currently working on alternative methods of producing work, as well as preparing ourselves for the glorious return of the theatre. 

Recently, we released a spoken word piece, written by Aoibh, titled, “In solidarity with all Women and Girls” on our instagram account, which managed to reach a wide audience. The piece was written in response to the harrowing news of Sarah Everard’s death and the frightening statistics on sexual harassment against women. As young artists, we feel it is our duty to use our creativity to protest, raise awareness and stand in solidarity with causes we believe in. This is exactly why this piece was written and shared. We also wanted to create a piece that would reach out to all women and let them know that they are valued, seen and listened to. It is so important to us to create work that responds to the world around us, and helps people come together and share in their experience. We were overwhelmed with the response to this piece, and just how much it resonated with people. As artists, having people feel moved and supported by the work you create, is all you could ever wish for, and we are extremely grateful that this piece did exactly that. We pledge to be resilient in this strange time for the arts, and assure you that Wee Yarn Productions will keep doing our best to tell the stories that matter.



You can keep up to date with Wee Yarn Productions on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or by checking out their website.

a long hot shower on an ice cold day

By Orry Shorys Kerr

i arrive home at sunset with pockets stuffed with hands.
the sky is wide and full of clouds and smiling lights
reaching out from my cityscape surroundings.
where did all the day go, when will the light grow back, how will spring swing open the 
door, scuff their shoes on the mat, and settle down once more?

the stretched horizons at night beckon me with radiant arms,
with pupils pressed against steamed window panes.
the clouds like colossal pink airships drift with dusk winds.
what if i could sail up with them, piloting billowing pillows across the atmosphere,
without care or compass or concern for below.

i creak open the latch of the bathroom porthole,
to spy the days end,  searching for other vessels with silhouettes and whispers, with my
cold breath reaching out to dive overboard.
into the shower i step, high-pressure jets drown out the evening birdsong, 
feasting seeds in a garden freshly thawed.

long shadow spells cast via the washing line frame
like a monument over a sea of drowsy grass blades,
polka-dotted with splashes of daisies and dandelions.
a feast for bees fetching a nectar supper as twilight wanes,
and i hum summer lullabies out the bathroom window.

New Music: Jack Bashful

Photograph by Lewis Brook

Jack Bashful is a producer and hip-hop artist from Lurgan who is currently based in Belfast, Jack has been rapping since he was 16, and started producing music about 4 years ago when he was 20. Jack spoke to The Jumble Magazine about his inspirations, his new music, and how he has been affected by the past year. 

When it comes to music, I think I’m inspired most by a need to express myself. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s a really important part of why I make music. I’m quite an introverted person, and I don’t usually get to express my opinions or ideas as much as I would like to. I also feel like people don’t really get to know me that well because of it. But with writing songs and making music, it displays parts of my personality that people don’t usually get to see, and it’s a nice way to prove to people that I’m not just the quiet fella in the corner. 

That being said, the reason I make music isn’t just for deep and metaphorical! I’ve just always loved rap music, and I feel like I can make a contribution to the art form, even if it is in a small way. Sonically, I’m inspired by the Golden Era of hip-hop (The Alchemist, Biggie Smalls) and modern trap music (Kenny Beats, 03 Greedo), as I find both equally enjoyable to listen to and create. The beauty of hip-hop is that you don’t have to be a gifted singer or talented musician to create it. For people like me who are neither of those things, hip-hop gives you a license to create in a way that other art forms don’t. 

Artwork by Chris McKenna

The past year has been strange, but it’s had its pros and cons. On one hand, it’s given artists a lot of free time to create and finish projects, but it’s also pretty much halted their ability to collaborate. Personally, I was in a place a year ago where I was making lots of music with other talented local artists and we had a lot of exciting things on the go, but the lock down put a delay on that. I thought about attempting to collaborate via email, but it’s hard to get the same chemistry as when you’re in the studio, and you can’t bounce ideas off each other in the same way. Time will tell how it’s affected things, but I’m hoping that people will realise how important the arts are after going such a long time without them.

Jack’s new album ‘Only Fools Die’ has just been released and is available to listen to on all streaming platforms. 

Listen to the single ‘Love at First Sight’ on The Jumble Magazine Local Music Playlist by clicking here. 

Keep up with Jack Bashful on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Spotify.

Talking New Music, Grief, and Queer Identity: A Conversation with Susie Blue.

Artwork by Audrey Gillespie

Indie pop rock musician and Derry native Susie Blue is back after a year long hiatus with the long awaited EP ‘Boys Boys Boys’. Susie sat down for a (virtual) chat with Sam from The Jumble to talk new music, local artists she has been loving, and incorporating themes like grief and her own queer identity into songwriting.

Hi Susie! So, just to get things rolling- can you introduce yourself to the readers? 

My name is Susie Blue and I am a Queer Indie Pop artist. I sing, write, and produce songs myself and then play live with a four piece band. 

‘Boys Boys Boys’ has just been released (Note- this interview will be published just after the release of the EP) can you explain some of the thought processes and influences that led to this EP? 

Well it’s the first EP that I’ve produced myself with the help of Jonny Woods from Wynona Bleach. He let me use his studio and guided me through the process, contributing instrumentally and creatively. It’s the first time I’ve been totally myself with my music. I’ve had comments from people saying that it’s the first time they have ever ‘heard Susie Blue’ metaphorically speaking. It was nice to hear that, it is so scary doing it all by yourself, I kept worrying that I’d fucked it up but apparently I didn’t. I guess that’s’ good. 

Your queer identity is an important part of your music, and rightfully so- what does it mean to you to be an artist who is so open and honest with their music? 

If you’re doing it right, I think identity is key to music. I’m not naive, and I know that in the North being queer is a political situation, and because of that my music has been politicised. Which is weird because it’s mostly just me singing about the fact that I love women, but I do also sing about this country’s stance on queer people, and how it is against us in so many ways, even now after marriage equality has been achieved.

“There was a point in time when I decided that I was no longer going to write ambiguous, gender neutral love songs…”

I get why other queer artists may do that- to protect themselves and have that ambiguity, but I had a specific turning point where I said to myself “When I was a little queer kid, I would lose my mind hearing a song that represented me, hearing a woman use female pronouns in a romantic way, and I only heard that happen once or twice. I have to change how I sing my songs, I have to be honest like that. I have to make it clear that I’m singing about women”. I think love songs portraying queer relationships are so important, in my case, I was writing these songs and making it clear that women can have these romantic songs and situations- even if the media constantly seems to portray lesbianism in an exclusively fetishised or sexual light. It’s so much more than that. 

That reminds me of when big pop artists cover songs, say for example a straight male pop artist covers something written by a straight female pop artist, and they’ll change the pronouns in the song as if to clarify that they are still singing about a woman, even if the song was initially written about a man. They’ll change the pronouns to keep the song ‘straight sounding’…

Oh my God that’s one of my biggest pet peeves! I remember one time I noticed when Kings of Leon covered Robyn’s hit song ‘Dancing on my own’, and they just left the line the same. They sang ‘I’m in the corner watching you kiss her’ and that’s not even that big of a deal, but it insinuated that in this fictional scenario the song was describing, the person he was longing after (presumably a woman) was kissing a woman, and that blew my mind. 

Photograph by Megan Doherty

‘May God Forgive You’ is a biting track that sounds pretty raw, what jumps to mind when you think back on the songwriting process for this song? 

So when I write songs that are that emotionally charged – and most of the songs on this EP are – I’m in a headspace where I’m so far gone. I’m so immersed in something that’s come back to me that I write the lyrics as they come out of my brain. With ‘May God Forgive You’ it’s about something that happened so long ago, that I’m clearly still struggling with the idea of trust being broken and being lied to. That has come back to me nearly seven years later, and that build up of time is what makes it so emotionally charged. 

Grief and love are running themes on the ‘Boys Boys Boys’ EP. I myself lost my mum at a young age, and I really appreciate more open dialogue and representation of grief in all types of media, especially music. I understand how hard it can be to be so open about a topic like that, how did you find incorporating it into your song writing? 

I don’t even think I knew I was writing about Grief until it was out of me. ‘Pretender’ on the EP was a reflection on how often people were telling me ‘“Oh you’re doing so well!” in the past two years since my mummy died. Months after it happened people were praising how well I was supposedly doing, even though I wanted to say “I’m not! I’m losing my mind!”. I think when it comes to losing a parent especially, people just don’t want to mention it, as if mentioning it to you will open the floodgates. No-one wants to imagine losing a parent. I found as well that losing your mum is something you’ll have to keep telling people about for years. People ask about parents, or they ask if you’re free to hang out without knowing it’s her birthday or anniversary or mother’s day and you’ll have to tell them “Oh, actually, I can’t- I have to cry all day”. One thing I heard recently is that when you do tell people about it, they always say “I’m so sorry”, rather than saying they would love to hear a story about the person you lost if you’re feeling up to it. All I want to do is talk about my mum! But no one wants to ask because they’re scared to bring it up. ‘Daughter’ is a song about her reaction to me coming out, she was very much like “Who gives a fuck if you’re gay?! You should be proud!” and that’s in the song. That’s a song celebrating her while ‘Pretender’ is about putting that mask on, pretending I was fine, while everyone around me was commenting on how fine I appeared to them. I’m still pretending, it may sound depressing, but my mum’s never coming back-and that’s the hardest part- it’s only been 2 years and I have to do another 60-ish. This sense of pretending is part of grief. 

It’s hard to avoid the lock down topic- but what’s one album (by any artist) you’ve fallen in love with over the past year and why?

I’ve been loving Taylor Swift’s new albums. I’ve always loved her music but these two most recent albums and the whole story of her getting messed around by her record label makes me really respect her as an artist. It’s a story you hear over and over of women getting taken advantage of in the music industry, and she seems to have come back even more authentic as a response. Alanis Morissette came out with a whole new album too! Hearing her write about her life now and her family is really inspiring. Tegan and Sara’s ‘Hey I’m Just Like You’ is one I got for Christmas that I’ve been listening to flat out as well. 

We will finish off with another music question, but this time we will scale it back to local stuff- who are you listening to at the minute? 

I’m loving Without Willow, they’re a duo from Donegal, and Blackbird and Crow– who are the best live act I’ve ever seen. I’ve been listening to Roe, Cherym, Wynona Bleach, Problem Patterns and Gender Chores a lot too, they’re staples in the NI scene.

Interview by Sam Dineen

You can listen to ‘May God Forgive You’ and ‘Daughter’ on The Jumble Magazine Local Music Playlist by clicking here.

Susie Blue has big things coming up in the next year, you can keep up to date with Susie Blue on Instagram, and check out her discography of music on Soundcloud and Spotify.

One Year of The Jumble!

Sam Dineen

Happy Birthday to The Jumble Magazine!

A year ago today, the first post on The Jumble Magazine’s Instagram page was uploaded, essentially opening its doors to the world to go and explore the first few submissions sent to the site. It was nerve racking and exciting to publicly announce something like this online, but I very quickly realised just how much I loved doing it. Back then, the pandemic/lock down situation was only just coming into discussion, and I (Sam) naively thought that I would have the opportunity to go to gigs, exhibitions, and events as normal. I soon worked out that this was not going to be the case, and I worried that I had somehow picked the worst possible time to follow a dream of mine and start an arts magazine… I was wrong!

Over the past year the artists, photographers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, business owners, and creatives who have submitted work from all over Ireland (and sometimes even from abroad, if they’ve moved away) have proven to me that a lock down cannot get in the way of creative talent and the need for the arts. I have interviewed so many interesting people, I have hosted some wonderful and eye opening think pieces and interviews written by others, and I have seen The Jumble grow into something much bigger than I thought possible. Right now, the site has been viewed over 21 thousand times by over 11 thousand people, and things like the Instagram page are really making it feel like its own wee community. Although it is, for now, a ‘one woman project’- as in, I do the admin and editing- the work submitted by all of you is what really brings it to life. I cannot thank you all enough for contributing to , viewing, and sharing this wee platform. 

Hopefully this year will foresee some kind of return to normality and I will have the opportunity to bring The Jumble with me out into the ‘real world’ but for now the phenomenal response to it online has made my heart burst. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped this magazine grow, and here’s to many more years of The Jumble!

Sam

Chalk -dust

By Amy McGleenan

When a mountain climber
Slips, they apply more chalk;
It fills the lines of age etched
On the nimble hands that
Pass rocks and rope alike.
Beauteous callouses clutch
Twisted faces of rock,
Adhering to the brutal boulder.

Grasps of stone and life mingle;
One may not exist without another,
For to lose grasp of stone is to
Lose the grasp of Life. 
Silken climber at one with the stone:
Face to face, stone to flesh.
More chalk. Again.
From foothold to falling; floundering.

Without the chalk, the climber may
Perish. But what chalk may coat your mind?
What dust can fill crevices,
Can strengthen the iron-grasp
Of your mind?
Carry your chalk,
For without it you may
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Natural History

By Catherine Kerr

Taxidermy jay birds longing to dance upon glossy ground,  
the rain to be their disciple and passionately kiss their feet,  
seeping into their mosaic azure wings. 
Baby grizzly bears growling for their mother 
and the sharp taste of berries to baptise their tongues in a violet elixir. 
Longing for the forest’s vegetation crunching beneath their paws. 
Behind glass, frozen in time as if encrusted by ice. 
Like swords stabbing their thoraxes, butterflies are held up by a metallic 
pin, their wings: splattered Jackson Pollock paintings of kintisu.

New Music: Interview with Conor Scott

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Belfast singer-songwriter Conor Scott is making his return to the music scene after a three year break, having recently returned to Belfast after a while spent living in London. Conor chatted to The Jumble Magazine about his starting point as a Busker, being a contestant on TV’s ‘The Voice’ a few years back, getting through lock down, and his great new track ‘Life Now’.

So Conor, can you introduce yourself?

How’s it going. I’m Conor, 26 and from North Belfast.

You started busking around Belfast about ten years ago, a bustling city with buskers and entertainment round every corner is something a lot of us are really missing over the past year. What was your favourite thing about that period of your musical life?

I loved that it was my job! Being 16/17 and not having to work a part-time job in a shop or picking up glasses in a bar, and only having to go in maybe twice a week to make decent money made it an easy choice. Plus Belfast is such a spot. You would see something different every day.

After appearing on The Voice in 2013, you became a pretty recognisable face! How did this experience shape your career?

I wouldn’t say that it has shaped my career, but there’s definitely a lot of life lessons and experiences that I took away from the show. More than anything it made me realise that the only person that can really help pursue a career in music is myself.

You’ve recently moved back to Belfast after living in London for a few years. What’s your favourite thing about the local creative/musical scene here?

There’s a real sense of comradery and community in Belfast. Everybody shows support for each other. You don’t see that in many places, I don’t think. The level of talent here is crazy too. The scene here reflects the people too, it’s deadly. 

Can you tell us about the new track? What was the creative process like?

Sure. ‘Life Now‘ was written back in May, during the first lock down. There was a lot happening in the world, mainly being painted with a pessimistic brush. I was trying to be as creative or proactive as possible with my music, but nothing was really hitting home. It wasn’t until I recorded the main guitar riff for the song, which I put up on Instagram at the time along with the mindlessly written caption “new song, idk, is this life now?”. When I read back the caption that triggered me into the creative flow I was looking for. I guess the track looks out at the world for what it is, its a reflection of how I was feeling and an attempt to take away some positive affirmations in the end. It took a while getting it recorded in the studio but I have a great producer, Daniel Morgan Ball, who was on point and we pretty much did all of it together in his space. We were in a bubble too which made it handy enough!

Have you got any online events coming up?

Nothing that I can confirm or announce just yet! But keep your eyes and ears to the ground. 

What’s one thing you are really looking forward to?

Two things. Gigs and Pints!

You can listen to ‘Life Now’ on The Jumble Magazine Local Music Playlist by clicking here.

Follow Conor Scott on Instagram and Spotify to keep up to date with his music and what he’s up to.

Interview questions by Sam Dineen