While life has slowed down considerably with coronavirus restrictions, they have provided the perfect opportunity for people to follow creative pursuits may have been put on the backburner. 

This week RTÉ Culture talks with music producer, musician and songwriter, Kieran Kennedy about how you can get into producing your own music. 

It's never been easier to get into music production, swapping studios full of complicated equipment for your laptop and a few extras.. 

For Kieran, getting into music production was somewhat of an accidental occurrence; "I grew up in Cork and I wasn’t into production at that time but I was in bands since I was 14 and of course, inevitably you’re in the studio and then you just figure out how to work all of the gear and then you just start doing it." he said. 

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When he first moved to Dublin in the 1980’s, Kieran would hang around the Temple Bar Music Centre, with its owner, Paddy Dunning, one day getting him to step into the studio to fill the place of a sound engineer who didn’t show up for work. 

"He threw me into the studio and said 'go on in there, the engineer hasn’t turned up’," said Kieran. 

"It’s kind of how I got started in the studio really, by accident. Hanging around," 

Over the years, Kieran has seen music production change drastically. "Now of course studios are all different, we all have computers at home and it’s like a completely different scenario altogether," he said. 

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According to Kieran, the most important piece of equipment is a computer or laptop. "Now it’s never been easier," he said, "you just have a computer with the basic stuff on it and away you go, you can make a great sounding record.

"Forty years ago if you told me I could have my computer in my kitchen and record music, I would have laughed at you." he said. 

Today, Kieran’s studio primarily operates out of his kitchen, where you have the added bonus of being able to cook meals and produce records. 

Along with a decent laptop or computer, Kieran considers a good microphone and preamps to be essential for music production. 

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"That’s kind of the secret really, you can have any kind of class of a computer, software, but if you have good microphones to pick up the information and good preamps to go with it then you’re laughing." he said. 

When it comes to advice, Kieran jokes that you shouldn’t expect to make big money in music production. 

He also notes that advice can often be overrated, "If you want to make records, you’re going to make records, you just go and do it and you learn from doing it. And if you’re having fun, then fantastic, right?" he said. 

Like everyone else, the pandemic has halted travelling, touring and holidays for Kieran, with the silver lining being that he has been at home a lot, with ample opportunity for recording and producing music.

Kieran Kennedy works very closely with his wife - singer, songwriter and actress, Maria Doyle Kennedy - producing much of her music. For more information on Kieran and his work, visit here