Vocalist David Marron of Friendmaker has graced the blog with his presence for the following interview. Friendmaker, a five piece indie/alternative/ folk/ pop/ rock band from Ireland, has released the second single from the upcoming debut album. The single, “You, Me and Everything Else,” is currently available in all of the usual places.
The lineup includes David Marron , Maolíosa McMahon, Paul Finn, Paul Markey and Fintan Marron. Please welcome Mr. Marron to the blog!
I’m David Marron from the band Friendmaker. I’m the singer, songwriter & producer in the band. My main musical instrument is generally guitar, but I dabble (albeit poorly) on many other musical instruments too.
Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?
When I was about 15 I remember my guitar teacher bringing me to a charity gig with lots of local bands. I think that was probably my first proper live experience. I remember loving how intensely loud it felt compared to listening to music on a stereo at home.
I was intrigued by the tribalism of it all too. You could see groups of people with certain band tee-shirts assembled in specific areas. The punks, the goths, the grungers, the indie kids. Identity was everything as a teenager.
I think soon after that I saw bands like Green day, Foo Fighters and Radiohead in the point theatre in Dublin. They would have been the first big concerts I attended to the best of my recollection. Again the intensity of volume would’ve excited me. When you first hear that loud kick drum and it vibrates in your chest. Those formative experiences definitely made me want to be a serious musician. The scale of those shows would’ve had a huge impression on me as a young musician.
My first time on stage actually playing guitar and singing would’ve been in a school band at a Christmas concert. I was probably about 16 or so. I do remember us playing the Nirvana version of The Vaselines song Molly’s Lips. I believe there’s a VHS recording somewhere in my parents’ house of that gig but I’ve never seen it. I probably knew about 3 chords at that time. Thankfully the song ‘Molly’s Lips’ only had two chords.
Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it?
I’ve never really subscribed to a Bucket list mentality as such. I think sometimes if you’re too focused or driven to achieve specific individual goals you can miss out on all the exciting accidental stuff that can come your way unexpectedly. I love spending time with my nieces and nephews so if I’m lucky enough to have a family of my own in the future that would be amazing. I’d certainly like to see more of the world. I’m fairly well traveled but I’d love the opportunity to see Japan, Madagascar and some South American countries. Especially places that are culturally very different to Europe and North America. Musically I’d like to keep challenging myself and find new places to explore both lyrically and compositionally. I don’t feel bound by ambition though. I’m content to go with the flow… you never know what lies ahead. I’m happy and healthy for the most part. I love my partner, I love being creative every day. I’m surrounded by a support network of brilliant interesting people. I’m thankful for those things. Loss and grief are certainties in life but I’m as well prepared as I can be for all life throws at me. Bring it on!
What was the last thing that you read?
The last thing I read was probably something really dull and obscure like a sound production manual on side-chaining or something nerdy like that. My current coffee table read is ‘Meet me in the Bathroom’ by Lizzy Goodman. It focuses on the New York music scene of the noughties, so stuff like The Strokes, Interpol, Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs etc. It feels a bit gossipy at times but it’s good fun and offers some interesting insight into the scene. It’s the kind of book you can dip in and out of when you find a spare ten minutes. I find when I’m recording and releasing music I don’t get as much time to read as I’d like. I did listen to some of an audiobook of Ulysses whilst making dinner recently but it’s just not the same as sitting down and finding the rhythms of the lines yourself. Inflections and tones are decided for you by the reader. It kind of made me sleepy as generally I listen to podcasts going to bed.
What are you listening to at the moment?
A lot of this month’s listening focused on our new single ‘Weird’ which comes out on April 21st. Various versions of mixes and masters trying to get the balance just right. It’s finally finished now so I can’t wait for the world to hear it. It also means I don’t have to listen to it anymore. Ha!
Apart from that I’m Listening to lots of new stuff at the moment. Father John Misty, Animal Collective, Nilüfer Yanya, The Smile, Lucy Dacus, Big Thief. Beach House, and Black Country, New Road. I’ve a lot of amazing new Irish stuff on heavy rotation at the minute too. Silverbacks, Somefinn, NewDad, Just Mustard, Kynsy, Elephant and Maria Kelly to mention a few.
There’s a very healthy scene here at the minute. A lot of different styles but all really top quality. Oh and that new Floating Points tune “Vocoder” is a banger!
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
As a kid I remember really wanting to be a pilot. I was a bit of an aviation geek actually. I could name the make and model of any commercial aircraft at a glance. I even toyed with the idea of getting into aviation engineering in my teens. So maybe something like that. I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in many fields throughout my life so far. Everything from architecture and graphic design to European Politics. I was the director of an Arts Festival for many years too.
Life has always been interesting. I love grasping any opportunity to learn new things. It also helps broaden my musical perspectives in terms of writing and subject matter.
In the last year or so I’ve made a lot of progress in learning about film and video editing. I wrote, directed and edited the music video for our last single “You, Me and Everything Else”. Film feels intuitive to me, like a visual version of song-writing. Architecture always felt like that to me too. I think in general creative fields in various disciplines always have a lot of overlap. The thought process is very relatable. So perhaps in a different life I’d be involved in film-making in some way.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I’ve always enjoyed collaborating with musicians who are at a fairly similar ability to myself or at a relatable point in their story arc. I’ve been writing music for over 20 years now but I’m still quite self-conscious in terms of my technical proficiency, especially in a small room with new people. I’ve never been the guy to blast out a virtuoso solo. My comfort zone is unflashy. Relationships of mutual trust and intuition. It can be hard to find sometimes but when I do the creativity flows.
There are people I’d love to watch in the studio for sure to see their process. Artists like Tom Waits, Bjork, James Murphy, Radiohead, Kate Bush, Fiona Apple, Jack White etc. I’d love to see how they work up close but I think I’d be far too enamored by their presence to actually have a constructive collaboration. I’d really like to explore the world of analogue synths. I bought a Moog Mother-32 which is a semi-modular synthesizer. I absolutely love it. It just sounds so beautiful. Warm and fat and vintagy but I’m still clueless as to its full potential.
I use it very much as a studio instrument for production layers but I’d love to work with someone knowledgeable who uses analogue synths in a live setting and understand fully what I can achieve with it and how to approach it more like I would with my guitar for example. As a playable central sound in writing. So yeah I think somebody on that curve would be an ideal collaborator.
What do you want people to know about your music?
The current Friendmaker single is ‘You, Me and Everything Else’. It’s available on all streaming platforms. The music video for it is on YouTube. You can find it all at this link: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/friendmaker/you-me-and-everything-else?fbclid=IwAR227rZ9sAvgcpju_4iMytWzD4B4dc7Gia491g0bYqMBSQAy2IFM2aK5WZA
Our next single ‘Weird’ is out on April 21st. Available in all the same places. We’re currently working on our debut album and we shall be releasing more music from it later this year.