Carlow's Eoin Mulvihill, trading as Hawk Jupiter, recently released new track Self Destruct and has another on the way. We ask him the BIG questions...

Tell us three things about yourself? 
Does I hate talking about myself count as one? No? Ok! I developed my grá for making drum patterns while playing drums in a Brazilian samba band, Masamba. I was blown away by the wall of sound that samba drums can create, so I try to recreate that energy when producing my tracks. Secondly, I love co-writing. There's something very exciting about entering a room with a blank page and another person and exiting the room with a fully-formed song. And the third thing is that by the time a song I've written is released, I'm usually sick to death of it! Because I've listened to it so many times while producing, I'm completely allergic to it by the time it reaches anyone else - but thankfully they're listening with fresh ears. 

How would you describe your music? 
It's synth pop - mostly upbeat, with 80s-inspired synth wave sounds, lush synths and lively percussion. Typically, I'll have a guest vocalist on the tracks to sing the lead vocal, and there's lots of harmonies happening too. I try to hone every beat, bar and transition within an inch of their lives. Lyrics are also important to me; I'm very interested in creating upbeat electronic music that packs a lyrical punch.  

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Who are your musical inspirations? 
Growing up with other siblings had its advantages; there was a steady stream of Chemical Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, The Prodigy and Thom Yorke on repeat in the house! Nowadays, I like artists like Goldfrapp, The Weeknd, The Knife. I'm also heavily influenced by the song I'm writing - if I feel a chord progression is leaning in a more indie direction, then I'll try to lean into that genre, if that's what best serves the song. My grandad P.J. Furey was a poet too, with a poem ready for every occasion and a remarkable ability to capture a room's attention through his words. So he inspired me to push the pen. 

How did you occupy yourself during the first coronavirus lockdown? 
Lockdown gifted me with a lot of time to start and finish some musical projects. There was a lot of online collaboration with session musicians, emailing melodies back and forth. I've released two singles written during lockdown, Heavens Collide and Self Destruct, and have a third on the way. I also co-founded a free monthly songwriting webinar for musicians to meet and share songs and feedback on each other's tracks. It kept us sane! It's called ViCoTribe and we meet online on the first Thursday of every month. It's my way of expanding and staying in touch with my network of musicians, which is so important. We all have to help each other and don't have the usual social outlets to meet up and connect. Aside from that, I had a Zoom quiz each Friday with my friends called Quiz in My Pants. There were a few drinks involved and it was the first time I experienced the fear from my own house! 

What's your favourite song right now? 
I really like Jealousy, the last track on Róisín Murphy's Love Machine record. It merges elements of French House, disco and funk with a really confident vocal. For anyone who is missing the club scene in these quarantine times, that track will 100% make you feel like you're at a festival! 

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Favourite lyric of all time? 
There's an amazing song by American folk act Sun Kil Moon called I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love. As a lyricist, he is profound and can articulate the ordinary everyday experience with a real conversational tone. One line is, 'I'll even miss the times that we fought, but mostly I'll miss being able to call her and talk'. It's simple, relatable and moving. For me, a simple lyric that packs a punch trumps a clever lyric every time. 

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be? 
I'm so close to saying Saturate by Chemical Brothers, but I'll go with Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears. I was watching Donnie Darko when I first heard it and I remember being struck by the opening melody of the piano riff; it's awe-inspiring and uplifting. It strikes a chord that would be suitable for sad moments and happy moments too, so I'd never be without a decent song. No doubt it would start to sound like a Nokia ringtone if I had to listen to it every day, so I'd listen to it sparingly! 

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Where can people find your music/more information? 
The best thing is to open Spotify and search 'Hawk Jupiter'. I can also be found on SoundCloud at /hawkjupiter or Instagram at /hawk.jupiter.