Line-up: Ronan Scullion
◀ Q & A ▶
▶ Tell us about your artist/band name?
Thran was chosen as a bit of a tongue in cheek name but has stuck!
▶ When did you start playing music and how would you describe your sound?
I started off DJing when I was 17, and got into production when I was in my early 20’s more as a hobby. The production and DJing started to crossover a bit as I started to get some music finished and I have only really played live over the past 7-8 years.
▶ What releases have you put out so far?
Thran is an entirely new project – I’ve had stuff out under various other names but the Thran project is the first to incorporate live instruments to the set up. I put out my first release on my new label “nonchalant records” – on 1st April. I’ve also signed 2 tracks to local label “Culture Glitch” which are due on vinyl in April/May.
▶ Is there a particular live show that stands out amongst all the rest?
Probably my first one which was in the Ulster Hall. I also did a gig in Masons, Derry for the Jika Jika crowd, that was a pretty special one too.
▶ Can you talk about a Highlight and a low point of the journey so far?
No real lows as such, just learning points I guess. Highlights will be finally getting the label off the ground and then its all go for the new live show.
▶ If you weren’t a musician(s) how would you spend your spare time?
I’m a physio in full time work – can’t ever see myself fully giving that up as its something I love and worked hard to get into. Plus, music is a bit of a release for me from that world – it can be a bit draining and you deal with a lot of tough cases.
▶ If you were to go on a world tour and you could pick any 3 acts come along, who would they be?
Floating Points, M83 & Ryan Vail.
▶ Is there a particular aim or goal which you hope to achieve through music?
I would love to be able to travel a bit with my music.
▶ Who has been your biggest inspiration as a musician?
Ben Breslin – lives a mile away from me at home and has been a good friend for years. We carry similar interests in terms of studio gear, coffee and talking nonsense – used to DJ together in our bedrooms for years, got into production around the same time and have both developed the same way. We now both make totally differing styles of music but Ben still provides a good sounding board – I’m also very jealous of his studio collection.
▶ Are there any other Northern Irish musicians we should check out?
Steve McCready has been bubbling under for a long time – he is long overdue a break. Ryan Vail and Ciaran Lavery are 2 great live artists who are on the up and up. Joe Rocks made your Kickstart shortlist this year – he’s a decent spud too.
▶ What is next for you?
Just released the first EP on 1st April, then the release on Culture Glitch, a second EP in June and an Irish tour planned for August/September, hopefully incorporating a live band.
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