This electro-pop artist from Galway is only 20-years-old and already making a splash in the Irish music scene. Poetic lyrics and beautiful mermaid-like melodies blend with electronic sounds: welcome to the eerie bubble-gum and jazzy world of Laoise.

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When did you start?

I started playing the fiddle actually, traditional Irish music, when I was like 5 or 6. And then from there when I was maybe 10 I played the piano, and then I taught myself guitar but I wouldn’t let anybody hear me! I always sang when I was younger as a child, we’ve definitely found videos of me singing Shakira or something like that! Don’t bring them out!

So I started writing then, but I probably only started finding my sound last year when I switched over to electronic music. I was playing a lot of folk and guitar influenced by traditional music, but then I just started playing with electronic sounds because it’s like a whole different world.

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Why just ‘Laoise’?

My full name is hard! Nobody can say it! Laoise is hard enough! It’s a talking point, I like it! 

How can you describe your music?

 I say electro-pop and sad stories… A lot of times, I sit down behind the piano or with the guitar… So when you strip them back they’re kind of folk-pop songs and bringing the electronic sounds just makes it electro-pop. I like to picture things when I’m writing, so a lot of times it’s coming from personal experiences.

What are your influences?

A lot of music I’m listening to these days is from the eighties, people like Kate Bush and David Bowie, who I love! I listen mainly to electronic music, weird sounds, and a lot of soul and a bit of jazz. The reason why I did ‘Halfway’, I was just obsessed with Nina Simone for about two weeks! It's very much influenced by her.

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How do you work?

I’m thinking of lyrics all the time, so I have a lot of notes in my phone, pieces of paper… but if I’m gonna sit down write a song, I just like playing piano, or looping something on my laptop. When I get into a good groove, I keep going.

How do you find the music industry in Ireland?

The music industry in Ireland is actually very friendly. People are very open to anything new coming through, or even if it’s something familiar, people will still be very open to it and excited about it. Because we’re Irish people, I guess - we love music. Hopefully I’ll make waves in London soon, but Ireland is a really nice place to start.

What is the feedback from the audience been like?

I’m really surprised, on Spotify my first single You, reached over 200 000 streams, which is crazy! I love when people pick up on certain aspects of the song, and they’re like: "Oh when you do this part… and I love that part!" I’m really really happy!

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What happens next?

I just released my second single, Halfway, and we’ll have a headline gig soon, in Dublin - then we're just going off to play in festivals in Ireland and the UK, and see where it all goes!

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