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Fintan Mckahey – Platinum

 

Fintan Mckahey - Platinum
Fintan Mckahey – Platinum

 

ARTIST NAME: Fintan Mckahey

 

SONG TITLE: Platinum

 

RELEASE DATE: April 17th, 2020

 

GENRE: Bedroom-Pop/Downtempo

 

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Fintan McKahey’s latest offering ‘Platinum’ is a missive to magic. This single is an eclectic, downtempo, bedroom-pop production, inspired by the likes of Chet Faker & Bonobo.

 

His music has evolved from the more indie-folk, percussive style of his 2016 debut EP ‘Two Lifetimes Late.’

 

He writes, records and produces his music from the haven of his own home studio, set amidst the rolling hills of wild West Cork, vistas that inspire imagery present in many of his lyrics.

 

 Fintan is continuing the family legacy, as the son of Stump drummer, Rob McKahey, and the nephew of CousteauX singer, Liam McKahey.

 

‘God Games’ EP, released in 2019, resonates with his earlier rites-of-passage through Kenya, Thailand, and Peru. The songs were well received, with both the title track and accompanying video being selected by BBC Radio Ulster (Across the Line: Introducing), Corks RedFM (Local Legend: Dave Mac’s Drive) Corks 96FM (Arts Show), Dublin Radio, Eirewave (Best Irish Indie Playlist) Golden Plec, KCLR (Irish Music Show: Song of the Week), Moncrieff on Newstalk, RTE Radio 1 Arena, Today FM (Artist of the Week) WLR, 8Radio and more.

 

On tour, he will continue to deliver a full band experience at many live shows. However, he is delighted to have had the opportunity to play more intimate solo sets, supporting Cry Monster Cry, Junior Brother, Leo Stannard, Roisin O, Thanks Brother, The 4 Of Us, and The Scratch. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he continues to collaborate with others across the mediums of film, photography, and visual arts.

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Tell us about your future music projects.

I’ve spent the last year mainly focusing on the live aspect of the sound and not so much in the studio/writing.

 

However recently, plans have changed with all live shows being canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. This quarantine has given me no choice but to get down and dirty in the studio, which is 100% my first love and what I enjoy more than anything.

 

Luckily this winter I spent about 4 months straight building a recording studio in my garden. Quarantine never felt so good.

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Fintan McKahey

 

Cultural Trance

 

Cultural Trance is the next single to be released by Fintan McKahey from his new GOD GAMES EP.

 

The song is an observation and personal commentary on his own journey through current pop culture and it is one of three songs to feature in ‘Fintan: Genesis of an Artist,’ a short music documentary by Cork filmmaker S.H.Bean.

 

The film observes Fintan’s creative process, as he makes the journey from wild Atlantic beaches to the bright lights of our rebel city. It has been well received at several film festivals and selected at the new Audio Shoot Unsigned International Music Video & Film Festival; which takes place the weekend of 6-7th July in Wexford. It may also be viewed on Fintan’s own YouTube channel.

 

“If you want to check out just one song, then listen to Cultural Trance, about the dangers of possibly the greatest scourge in modern Ireland, group-think; this song gives me faith in the next generation!”

– Gary Hannon, West Cork People

 

The EP God Games is an eclectic, downtempo, alt-pop production, in the style of Ben Howard and Chet Faker.

 

Fintan’s sound has developed beyond the more folk-based, percussive style evident on his debut EP, Two Lifetimes Late. This new EP, GOD GAMES, is inspired by both the rugged landscape of his own homeland, and influenced by his travels through Kenya, Thailand, and Peru, where Fintan spent time with indigenous cultures exploring alternative belief systems.

 

Fintan grew up in West Cork and is continuing the family legacy, as the son of Stump drummer, Rob McKahey, and the nephew of Cousteau singer, Liam McKahey.

 

A multidisciplinary artist, Fintan continues to work as a performer and enjoys collaborating with other artists across the mediums of film, photography, and dance.

 

He has enjoyed supporting The 4 Of Us, Roisin O, Thanks Brother, Leo Stannard, and The Scratch on their Irish tour dates at Live at St. Lukes, Cork, Whelan’s in Dublin and DeBarras Folk Club in Clonakilty.

 

The lead track from God Games has been well supported by many Irish radio stations. Selected at TodayFM (PLAYIRISH Today Song of the Week), Cork’s 96FM (Local Legend), KCLR (Song of the Week on Roddie’s IMS), Eirewave (Best Irish Indie Playlist) RedFM, WLR, JOE.ie (Song of the Day), and more…

 

Following on from the success of his latest EP and title track ‘God Games’ Fintan McKahey returns with dark & sultry new offering ‘The Rebound Effect’ set for release on September 8, 2019.

 

Continuing his exploration of downtempo alt-pop ‘The Rebound Effect’ invites the listener to share in an apocalyptic doomsday landscape. The world is ending after mankind’s greed has led to the exploitation of its natural resources.

 

 “The sun cries ready to explode

 

It’s on overload near the end of…

 

The cliff fades weathers and corrodes

 

From a land, we stole and hold

 

The steel cracked solace of your soul

 

As you lose control of it all…”

 

 

Fintan wrote the song after a dream about the end of the world. “The song is about Karma really, that the earth is going to kill everyone, including itself, because of our actions. In a way, we are killing ourselves with our own laziness & greed.” ‘The Rebound Effect’ is dark, sultry, and mocking in its appraisal of mankind’s misdeeds and displays Fintan’s ability to capture imagery in his songwriting.

 

Fintan McKahey is the son of Stump drummer, Rob McKahey, and the nephew of Cousteau singer, Liam McKahey. A multi-disciplinary artist, Fintan continues to work as a performer in Ireland, having trained as a classical actor at Kinsale’s amphitheater and collaborates with artists in film, photography, and dance.

 

‘The Rebound Effect’ was recorded and produced in Fintan’s home studio in West Cork and mastered by Darren Jennings in Woodside Sound Studios. ‘The Rebound Effect’ is out September 8 with a launch show in The Roundy in Cork City.

 

FINTAN MCKAHEY

 

Platinum

 

“Chilled and effortless quality” Eric Lalor, JOE.ie

 

Engaging and often hypnotic Cougar Microbes, music blog

 

“God-given talent ready for another leap of faith” Sarah Horgan, Ones to Watch in 2020, The Echo

 

Having released his God Games EP and The Rebound Effect single last year, Fintan has been well supported by many Irish radio stations. Selected at TodayFM (PLAYIRISH Today Song of the Week), RTE Radio 1 (Arena), Newstalk, Cork’s 96FM, Corks RedFM (Local Legend), KCLR FM (Song of the Week on Roddie’s IMS),  Eirewave  (Best Irish Indie Playlist), WLR, JOE.ie  (Song of the Day), and more.

 

His latest offering Platinum is a missive to magic. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Fintan’s themes of resilience are uncannily prescient.

 

As the world around us slows down and many people delve deeper into the old ways. This new single from the young Irish songwriter/producer is an eclectic, downtempo, bedroom-pop production, influenced by the likes of Chet Faker & Bonobo.

 

The song is envisioned from the perspective of one of “The skies own relatives,” the mysterious traveler, who can open the portal to other realms. The chorus “Don’t give yourself up now…”  cautions the need for protection, while holding on to self-belief and acknowledging the power that flows through us all.

 

For decades artists and healers have been attracted to the beaches and byways of West Cork. Rural Ireland echoes with tales of magic and myth, so it is no surprise that these themes emerge in Fintan’s songs.

 

He writes, records and produces all his music from the haven of his home studio, where he is continuing the family legacy, as the son of Stump drummer, Rob McKahey and the nephew of CousteauX singer, Liam McKahey; who spent their own childhoods in the rebel county.

 

The video for Platinum was recorded at his home studio and filmed by Fintan’s partner Kate Bean. Fintan later edited it, whilst self-isolating and awaiting the results of his own test.

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Tell us if you will change the style of your music to get signed.

Not too much… I would hope that whoever expressed interest would be doing so because they like my sound, not a mutated version of my sound.

 

You do have to adapt though, and react to audience reactions, etc. but that all part of the fun of it. There are tasty elements to every musical style so why not have a go at all of them?

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Elaborate on this song.

I am pleased with the vibe/energy of this song. I have been trying to integrate more electronic elements into my sound recently, and I think that this song demonstrates a nice balance of both organic/electronic.

 

Psychedelic music will always be my first love and so this is the music that I want to create. This is certainly the direction I will continue to pursue soon.

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Tell us if you have a guideline or standard set for your music production.

Absolutely, I mean I don’t have a rule book of course but I try to maintain a certain standard with my music production and all other forms of media, for that matter.

 

It’s 2020, the technology that we have available to us now is ridiculous, and all so affordable. You can literally make the most Hi-fi sounding record out there in your kitchen if you wanted to, which I think is awesome.

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Tell us your preparation for a live performance and how you make sure the quality of sound is high.

Well as I mentioned earlier, I spent this past winter building a space literally just with the purpose of preparing for live work.

 

I write and record all parts myself in my home studio, the songs are becoming larger and larger in terms of instrumentation, which is obviously quite hard to bring to a stage as a solo artist.

 

I used to go and do solo shows but when somebody has listened to a record and go to see the artist live, they’re expecting to hear the same thing that they heard on the studio version, so I decided it was necessary to get in a rhythm section so we could emulate the sound I had achieved in the studio.

 

We work now as a 3 piece and are beginning to integrate more and more electronic elements and crazy sounds into the set-in order to keep it true to the records.

 

I am very happy with how the live sound has developed this past year and can’t wait to get back out there touring.

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Discuss how to live a healthy life.

I thought you’d never ask. Ha-ha. Luckily, I live in an amazing part of the world, here in West Cork, Ireland. Surrounded by green countryside and beaches, it’s hard not to stay healthy.

 

My partner is a vegetarian and so this has heavily influenced my diet and view of food in general. We have so much access here to the best ingredients you could ask for and so eating well is what we do best.

 

I always try to start my day with a smoothie and then a calisthenic workout, before I do anything else.

 

I find this just gets my mind flowing freely and gives me a bit more of a balanced headspace to go and conquer the day of music management.

 

Unfortunately, as an unsigned artist, 80% of your workday is spent on a computer hauling through piles of admin work, and so a bit of exercise goes a long way.

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Tell us if you are in control of your performance or you are still learning.

We are certainly getting closer recently. I am quite new to the whole live aspect of music and so am 100% still learning. I mean, you never really stop learning, do you? But yeah, I feel like we are starting to take control of it now for sure, and really getting used to the ins and outs of putting on an awesome show.

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Tell us that precious moment you chose music as a career.

Well, my dad is a musician, and so music was always a major part of my life ever since I was a kid.

 

I don’t know if I can think of any specific moment when I decided, I just always had a fascination with music of all kinds.

 

 I remember when I was about 8, my dad put on the ‘Loser’ by ‘Beck’ on his Hi-fi, and my little 8-year-old mind was blown. It’s moments like these when you are genuinely moved by somebody’s art that can shape your entire path in life.

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Tell us the greatest feedback you have ever received on a song of yours.

There’s this one dude, who his whole vibe is on point. He expresses some great views and I think he has awesome taste in general. He often tells me that my music has brought him to tears. This is an amazing thing to be told as an artist.

 

To hear that somebody out there resonated with the music you have made and that it sparked such a deep emotional reaction. You only need one person to tell you that and it makes it all worth it.

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Tell us your side interest apart from music.

I always wanted to be a professional skateboarder growing up. My mum let me and my brother build a half pipe in the garage and so every single day after school I would go home and skate till it was too dark.

 

I would always try and film the skating and make little videos with the hope of getting sponsored. In doing so, I developed a keen interest in film and photography. Pretty handy as it really goes hand in hand with music. Extreme sports, in general, have always been a love of mine, and always will be.

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Tell us the artist that influenced you.

I have always been fascinated by multi-instrumentalists, who lead a more D.I.Y. approach in their music. Aside from the obvious greats such as Hendrix, Nirvana, etc.

 

I remember listening to a dude called Chet Faker when I was a teenager and thinking “damn this guy got it down.” The way he was integrating more electronic elements and trip-hop type beats, had a big impact on me. It removed the impossibility of recording hi-fi drums like a teenager with no facilities.

 

From that moment onward I began my quest of ‘making beats’ from my computer which kickstarted my journey as a producer.

 

Most of the artists that seem to have an impact on me recently seem to be from Australia/New Zealand, must be something in the air out there. Maybe it’s just the sun.

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Tell us if you prefer singing as a solo artist to collaborating with others.

I prefer writing and being in the studio in solitude. I always have and I think I always will. I just have much more free flow and don’t get distracted.

 

However, on my last EP, I got a couple of guest musicians in for some tracks, which had great results and I found enjoyable, so I will be collaborating more and more for some newer tracks in the pipeline. I’m really wanting to get more female vocalists in on some tracks.

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Tell us the full details of this song.

I find the theme of witchcraft very interesting, particularly in old times. The narrow belief systems the societies would have maintained before the age of media must have been very constraining for a person’s mental development.

 

Societal structures would have been built based on control and in order to achieve that control, there must be an element of fear and obedience amongst the people within. Those who dared to question that structure would have been deemed outcasts, whereas today it is very normal to question everything. It must have created this divide within society and forced those who are thinking outside the box and to do so in secret. I guess this, in turn, is what would have created the term ‘Witchcraft.’

 

The entities in control must have feared those who questioned their power and so would have created a stigma in order to discredit those who dared to practice this alternative way of living.

 

This song was written with these themes in mind, and although there isn’t too much of a narrative, the song is about this (I swear).

 

I always try to write my songs with a more abstract approach, letting the sound of the words and the imagery that they evoke to be the forefront. I think being less obvious in terms of narrative is a nice technique as it allows the listener to join the dots, and so creates multiple interpretations of the song.

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Tell us the organization you will set up to fight a cause and state your reason for fighting the cause.

I think if I was to set up any sort of charity type organization it would absolutely have to be centered around environmental policies. I mean the planet is literally dying and escalating at a tremendous rate.

 

In 50 years, there may not even be a planet if we do not make a dramatic shift. Every other cause is completely pointless if we do not even have a world to live in, we will all be dead.

 

As harsh as it sounds, I think the recent COVID-19 crisis must have had an extremely good impact on all other life other than humans. Maybe it was just the planet’s way of saying f**k you to mankind.

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Tell us about your mood while performing.

Nervous ha-ha, just down to lack of experience. Only at the beginning of a show though, after you go through the motions once or twice and the audience are digging it, there is no better feeling. It’s like the best drug out there. And it has the opposite of a comedown. The day after a good show, you still have the loved-up feeling.

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Tell us the mistakes to avoid in the music business.

I was going to ask you that. One thing I know for sure and that’s – make sure you are always staying true to yourself and your art and doing it for the right reasons. For the love of the art.

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Tell us your opinion on smoking, health is wealth, but people still smoke.

I used to smoke cigarettes when I was a teenager but just decided, enough is enough. The longer I leave it, the harder it’ll be to give up.

 

Smoking cigarettes is ridiculous really, they completely ruin you. They make you smell absolutely disgusting and cost a fortune. And they don’t even make you feel good, they’re completely pointless.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Fintan McKahey. Ha-ha not too much to say there really as it’s my name, maybe ask my Mum why she chose it for me?

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Platinum. I have always been fascinated with words and the way they sound. I think the imagery that this word evokes is beautiful (for me at least).

 

It conjures thoughts of light and shimmering texture to my mind. Plus, I think it sounds awesome, and it’s a lyric in the song.

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