This week I caught up with rising star Keith Cullen. I am tipping him for the top and I was lucky enough to get him to answer some questions for you while he was home in Ireland before jetting back to LA. The singer/songwriter chats to me about music, inspirations and what’s next.
1. Tell us a bit about you! Where your from, why music etc.
Dublin born, raised in Kildare and now living the American Dream in LA, I chose music or should I say music chose me, Music has always been my first love and my passion and I just feel so grateful that I now get to call this my Job and that I get to do this full time.
2. Your song ‘Say Something’ featured on the new High Strung OST, how did that come about?
You could call this “ The Luck of the Irish”, while I was recording the song in a studio in LA the producer of the movie Michael Damian overheard the song as he just happened to be in the same studio and knew immediately that the song was a fit for the movie and my management team handled it from there.
3. What’s the story behind ‘Say Something’?
It was the first song I wrote when I landed in LA and it is a song about honesty and integrity, I really feel like in this day and age the power of social media has led to a real disconnect within people. I feel like an online connect has led to a massive human disconnection and that is what I am writing about in this song
4. I remember seeing you live in 2010 in the Twisted Pepper, have you been gigging and working on music all this time?
Yes is the answer, I have been working away consistently to create the illusion of becoming an overnight success which as we all know in this industry takes years of hard work, dedication and really perfecting your craft. This gig like so many of the gigs that I performed in the beginning was me learning to perform on stage and really get comfortable up there and connect with the audience which I feel is so important.
5. What advice would you give to aspiring singers and songwriters out there?
It all comes down to having a great song and this is at every level of the industry. It always comes back to having a great song and making great music, so take your time to perfect your song, invest in the music and work with the best people. My producer JJ Daly, who I have worked with since the beginning, has been instrumental in the breakthrough into the American market.
6. You travel a lot back and forth from America, is that where people need to be to pursue their dream?
It all depends on each persons individual dream. For me, America has always been my goal and as much as I love Ireland I feel like the American market is a good fit for my music.
7. What are your views on the Irish music scene right now?
I think that there has been and continues to be some amazing talent consistently coming from Ireland right now, you have the obvious heavy hitters like U2, The Script, Kodaline, Hozier and then amazing talents such as Gavin James, The Academics, and Scoops who I went to see last week in Whelan’s.
8. What artists are you currently listening to?
Andra Day, One Republic, Charles Pasi, Rhodes, Tom Odell and a mix of everything else in between that’s current.
9. Who are your biggest inspirations in music and life?
In music, without question it is Ryan Tedder from a songwriting perspective, but I feel like inspiration is a daily thing and is ever changing depending on who you surround yourself with and your circumstances.
10. What can we expect next from Keith Cullen?
We are releasing Say Something in the US, followed by my debut album “ Dear Future Me”, so stay tuned for lots of exciting news.
11. What is your ultimate goal?
Having just signed a management deal in the states with Phil Quartararo – Former CEO at Virgin records, Warner Bros and EMI who are credited with household names like Madonna, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Eric Clapton and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. As a senior VP for Island Records, he was instrumental in breaking U2 into the American market. If I could have 1% of that success that would be enough to keep me very happy so I’m excited about what’s to come.
12. Anything to say to your fans?
THANK YOU, for your continued support and patience. This album has taken a while to perfect so THANK YOU for sticking with me, and know that every message, text, tweet of support means the world to me.
13. Where can people find your music and news online?
Also go download Keith’s music now on iTunes
Thank you to Keith for sitting down and chatting with me and I will be keeping you all in the loop with Keith’s career as it takes off. I wish him all the success with his new release and music.
Feature by @Kenneth_Giles