#MusicPhotography | Blog 053 | Musician Interviews

October 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Filming around the bars in Derry has given me an insight as to the camaraderie found between the singers and band members. They're also intertwined in what they do for each other, such as providing strings for broken guitars late at night, giving each other lifts to gigs, the obvious supporting act line-up and in some cases, you'll even see a drummer from one band, playing for another. There is nothing that they won't do for each other, which is inspiring to see in this highly competitive marketplace.

I've always been fascinated by people who have this capacity to entertain others with their own musical creations. They take delight in seeing others enjoying their performances and then sit back in the audience to see the next act do the same thing, without any measure of jealousy or arrogance.

What I've also uncovered is that there are lots of different reasons why acts take to the stage, in my opinion, is a brave step to take. Which is why I've coined the phrase "Only the brave take to the stage" on my new merchandise account: www.OpenMicNightsShop.uk (with new designs being added all the time - sales pitch times).

In my first interview with Derry born musician, Christopher Kavanagh, we dig deep into this own upbringing, his influences and what has inspired him in writing the songs he's written. He was kind enough to go into detail where some of his songs originated from and he explains what starts off as one thing, can quickly turn into something completely different at the end of the creative process.

With the recent launch of a new YouTube channel, covering music and poetry emanating from local talent, I hope to bring more of it into the greater public domain and would love it if you supported what I'm trying to do by coming by the page, giving a video a like, a comment, or even if I may be so bold as to ask, a subscription?

Northern Ireland is breaking more and more ground on the charts, on the radio playlists and on streaming sites like Spotify and Amazon Music, however, with every chart-topper that manages to get that big break, they all started in their bedrooms, the garage, then the pubs and clubs, which is where you'll find me and my camera gear.

If you know any bars in your area who you think would be willing to have me come down and film an Open Mic Nights, let me know, and I'll reach out to them and see if they're okay with it.


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