He's more familiar to TV viewers as a sports presenter/reporter with Virgin Media News, but Galway man Paul Walsh has revealed a different side this year, by releasing music for the first time. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Under the name Pink Rabbits, he released his debut single It's Over last April and followed up with his latest single, This Is What We Came For.
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"A few people have been surprised to see that 'the guy from the telly' is now writing/releasing songs!" Paul says. "I hadn't really thought about that side of it too much until it was mentioned by some. I just hope they’re not tuning into the bulletins and expecting me to break out into song midway through a story!"
Speaking about This Is What We Came For, he says, "My first single, It's Over, is almost like a review of a relationship breakup...sorrowful but not angry....and with a chilled-out sound.
"This Is What We Came For is a completely different sounding song. The tempo is more upbeat, though the lyrics describe a relationship that's not without its trouble."
Tell us three things about yourself?
I chose Pink Rabbits as an artist name in homage to one of my favourite songs from my favourite band, The National (as opposed to an affinity to actual pink rabbits)!
I'm from a small village in Co. Galway called Clonbur.
When I'm not at work or working on my music I'm desperately trying to keep fit and improve my 5k time. I can safely say that I won't be winning any 5k races anytime soon.
How would you describe your music?
A mix of Indie, pop, and indie-folk. Have I covered enough genres there?! Would like to think my music provides a little bit of escapism for people and that it's varied enough to make them feel a wide range of emotions.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I listened to The 4 Of Us quite a lot in my teens so Brendan Murphy's style of writing has been a big influence. More recently, The National, Coldplay and Bell X1. Especially Coldplay - pretty sure my producer Ciaran Parnell is sick of me mentioning them while we discuss guitar layers etc!
What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?
First gig was The Walls in Vicar Street during first year in college. First record was Dangerous by Michael Jackson.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Cardigan by Taylor Swift. Beautiful, sweet and a gut punch. It's from her album Folklore which made no impression on me when it was released last year. After listening again, I now can't get enough.
Favourite lyric of all time?
This was tough to answer! The entire opening verse/chorus of Pure Release by The 4 Of Us was in the running, but I've gone for a line from Next To You by Bell X1: "I'm not over you, can I get back under?" Paul Noonan at his witty, honest and vulnerable best.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack. I remember hearing this song for the first time as a teenager when it was used in a promo for the Champions League on RTÉ in the mid 90's. That bassline drew me in and since then everything about the song has made me love it even more. The intro, the dark/moody bass, the strings to give it that otherworldly sound, Shara Nelson's voice . . . goosebumps.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Spotify: Pink Rabbits