Kodaline star Vinny May has spoken about becoming a father for the first time, describing the first six weeks of his newborn son's life as "incredible".

Vinny May and his bandmate Steve Garrigan joined Sinead Kennedy and Dáithí Ó Sé on The Today Show on RTÉ One via zoom.

May welcomed his son Vinny Jr with his wife Carina six weeks ago. The drummer said in many ways he is grateful for the time off lockdown has given him as he is able "to help change nappies, give baths and feed him".

"We were meant to be travelling around Europe on a seven-week tour right now. Thankfully I am at home and I am here to help change nappies, give baths and feed him.

He added: "It's been incredible. My wife has been amazing over the last nine months. Being pregnant during the lockdown was weird. It's our first child so we didn't really know what to expect but the lockdown was an added dimension.

"He sleeps beside me in his cot. Waking up and seeing him there - its a feeling you can't describe. It so heart-warming." 

The band has recently reached 1 billion streams on Spotify which Garrigan said is "mindboggling".

"When we picked up our instruments and started playing together we would have just been happy to do it for a living. But to have a billion streams is mindboggling. It's amazing. I feel very very lucky."

Kodaline are preparing to release the deluxe version of their fourth album One Day At A Time this Friday, November 20. The band finished recording it the day Leo Varadker announced the country was going into its first lockdown. 

May said: "It was good timing as we were planning on taking some time off leading up to the release. So we thought a couple of weeks and then we would get back to it... and we have been at home ever since. 

Garrigan added: "We really miss playing live and for the past 8 years that's all we've really done. With the lockdown, it has been really strange to see our calendar wiped.

"We're used to gigging somewhere every single day. We would know where we are going to be in 9 months time.

"We have tried to make up for it by doing live streams online, they are not the same as a live gig but they are as close as we are going to get to one right now." 

Watch Kodaline perform Everyone Changes on The Today Show below:

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