Interview: Breen (Vision Collector)

Our featured breakout artist for 2017 is Vision Collector’s Breen. We caught up with him to talk radio and records.

What were your highlights for 2016?
Musically my highlight would definitely be playing records with good friends Eoin Ryan & Byron Yeates with Steffi & Virginia all day on the Sunday of Drop Everything, an arts festival held on Inis Oírr every two years. We all played from the afternoon until early hours in the sun on the edge of the world. Bliss.

Tell us about your next release?
It’s a four track EP coming out on Dublin label Vision Collector. It’s my first 12” release and I’m pretty happy with where the sound is at. A very talented friend of mine Emil Hernon took some photos for the sleeve so the whole thing feels right. It comes out February 10th and there’s a release party in Wigwam Basement.

What are your plans for 2017?
Make more music, get some more hardware, learn a new instrument, less social media and be sound.

Tell us more about Dublin Digital Radio, why did you launch it?
DDR was partially born out of a frustration with current mainstream radio and media in Ireland. We want to provide a safe platform for musicians, artists, activists, cultures etc. who we feel are currently underrepresented in the media. There are a lot of extremely talented people in Ireland at the minute and we feel their voice is worth hearing.

What are your plans for the station in the future?
We are expanding into more days this month and taking on more shows and volunteers. We can hopefully convince more people that there is still value in radio as a platform and music and art curation by all the talented folks involved. We are heading south for Quarter City Block Party in Cork at the start of February and will hopefully be at a few more festivals as the year goes on. We’ll also continue throwing the odd party or two.

Published in Hot Press Magazine, January 2017.

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