Introducing: #79 – Pascal

by / July 1, 2016

Name: Pascal
Formed:
2016
Hometown: Coleraine
Genre: Lo-Fi

◀ Q & A ▶

 Tell us about your artist name?

I called it Pascal because I would love people to think of Pascal as an exotic / hipster dude who lives in a boat, recording music off his phone whilst listening to surf rock.

When did you start playing music and how would you describe your sound?

I started playing shows when I was 14 years old with my band Born Only Yesterday when we used to be called The Bayonettes. Describing my sound is pretty tough, I love so many genres of music, and I try to implement that in all my projects but Pascal’s sound is based around poems and concepts I’ve thought of. I would say Pascal sounds very poppy but in a gross kind of way that makes you feel sad at first but then hopefully better.

What releases have you put out so far?

As Pascal I’ve released one completely self recorded and produced EP, and a music video I made with my best pals.

Is there a particular live show that stands out amongst all the rest?

I haven’t started playing live shows as this project yet, I hope to do something stripped back with a drum machine and my pedal board sometime and the future but until then I’m forever dedicated to playing live with Born Only Yesterday. Would be great craic though.

Can you talk about a Highlight and a low point of the journey so far?

My highlight as Pascal so far would be the amazing reception I’ve received about my music from people who are close friends to me and strangers from Manchester, which is where the label I’m signed too is based. I haven’t really had a low point, the closest thing to that is when I only had 20% hearing due to being sick but that’s when I made the music for the EP so it’s not all bad.

If you weren’t a musician(s) how would you spend your spare time?

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d just be playing games 24/7 and wondering why I felt empty inside.

If you were to go on a world tour and you could pick any 3 acts come along, who would they be?

GG Allin, Slayer, The Wonder Villains

What would be the 3 strangest things on your rider if you were able to make any demand?

Curiosity Cola, a picture of Stone Cold Steve Austin, burrito.

Is there a particular aim or goal which you hope to achieve through music?

I just want to make people feel something from my music, having someone relate to your art is the best feeling ever but even if no one did then it’d still be really cathartic to make.

Who has been your biggest inspiration as a musician?

Mark Linkous without a doubt, As soon as I heard Sparklehorse for the first time it was a ive session of the song Saturday and I just felt an instant connection with him ever since. He’s wrote some of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard.

Are there any other Northern Irish musicians we should check out?

First of all I would say, Men Of Mountains, which are 4 friends of mine from Magherafelt who make some great sounding huge post-rock tunes.
Lost Avenue are a really awesome tight knit 3 piece, We pretty much grew up together but seeing each other at random shows that we’d both play, it’s really awesome to see how they’ve evolved into having a real punk ethos that most bands these lack but preach.
The Time and Tide, I don’t really have much to say about them as I do not know them personally but I saw their live Ping Music Shop performance and it was utterly incredible, check them out for sure.

What is next for you?

More music forever and always, in any project or outlet.

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