Mark O'Brien aka Royal Yellow released his debut EP Still : Until during the summer and followed it up with a short film about the making of the record. We ask him the BIG questions...

Tell us three things about yourself?

I'm an electronic music producer and a graphic designer. When I was 13 I stumbled into an all-day punk gig in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. I've been addicted to making music ever since.

How would you describe your music?

A scramble to find the perfect balance between the human and the electronic.

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Who are your musical inspirations?

There's just way too many to concisely sum it up. At the moment, what's really resonating with me is Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Kiasmos, Jon Hopkins, Sylvan Esso, Paddy Mulcahy and For Those I Love.

How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

I made an EP themed around the contrasting states of stillness versus restlessness, because I constantly found myself alternating between these two zones. The record is called Still : Until, with the first side focusing on quiet contemplation and the second on a big euphoric sense of impatience. It's got some amazing players on it too, including Dylan Lynch (Soda Blonde), Ryan Hargadon (Kojaque fam), Neil Dexter (Spies) and Kate Brady (The Claque).

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I also teamed up with Tiny Ark to create a short film about the EP, which now lives on my YouTube channel. It was all really collaborative, which was ambitious during a pandemic, but somehow we pulled it off. I'm really proud of all of it.

What's your favourite song right now?

Probably Do You Wanna Dance by Cosha (who I've just found out is also from Wicklow). Everything about the song is perfect: the production, the vocals, the production, the danceability, the harmonic ideas. Flawless pop music.

Favourite lyric of all time?

"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" from Leonard Cohen's Anthem. It's a cliché, but for good reason.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Alone in Kyoto by Air.

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Where can people find your music/more information?

I've focused a lot on live video performances over the last few months - working with some really talented directors in some beautiful venues and studios. Punch 'Royal Yellow' into YouTube and dig in. You can also order my Still : Until EP on a beautiful, limited-edited, frosted clear vinyl from tonicrecordings.com/merch.

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