your father mike recorded the first modern irish jazz ep, did he have a big bearing on you musically?
Yeah he did in some ways, we didnt live together when i was young but i always remember music being a general part of the home, be it an old rhodes type thing in the corner or suitcases of sheet music that my dad used to write on...
did your cousin oisin get you into the hip hop or had you figured that out already before the marxmen?
yeah, theres about 10 years between us so when he went off to live in london to make the marxman records he used to send me back these mixtapes of stuff he was listening to, de la soul, tribe, das efx etc etc....he'd come back with these stories of working with Primo in DnD studios in New York or Guru freestyling with their emcee or playing festivals and gigs here and there.
did you feel it was inevitable that you would get into music considering that your family has such a history of producing great musicians?
i never really thought about it to be honest...i just always loved music, i always listened to music and then as time went by became particularly interested in hip hop and then the whole idea of sampling and djing etc and wanted to try it myself, messing with a turntable or tapes or the like. My mum was brilliant, she bought me a wee sampler one birthday, a midi keyboard another and i just kinda built up from there. i dont think it was a conscious i want to "get into" this, more like a "i enjoy this"
did you have any musical training/learn any instruments etc. as a child?
I took piano lessons when i was young and then drums lessons from my uncle but i never saw it through...I would love to be able to play both now but ill get back to it in time,