Cork artist/producer 1000 Beasts has released his new single, I Wish, which was co-written by April and Orla Gartland and features Waterford singer Carrie Mullane on vocals. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

The song is taken from his debut album Naruda, which is released next April. Previous singles from the album include collaborations with Celia Tiab (Kojaque, Soft Boy Recs), Nigerian Irish poet FELISPEAKS, TOUCAN and Alex Tierney.

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1000 Beasts is the alias of Cian Sweeney, who collaborates with different artists on every track (they are the "beasts" behind the name) to make soulful, indie pop and hip-hop inspired tracks.

Tell us three things about yourself?

I love University Challenge, I taught myself how to play bass during the lockdown and I have a pet cat (named Binky. He featured on Cat Hospital on RTÉ) even though I'm allergic.

How would you describe your music?

Soultronic, I suppose. 1000 Beasts started off as a way to collaborate with different singers but over time I crafted my own sound starting with my first EP. The upcoming album is a development on this, I love creating interesting textures but it’s all about having a bit of soul and movement in the music.

Who are your musical inspirations?

This is so varied. I studied music and played piano since I was a baba, so I’ve had so many. Everything from classical straight through to the jazz classics. Bits of rock and pop and lately lots of chill music. On the 1000 Beasts sound in particular I would have to say Royksopp, Marbert Rocel, Maribou State and all the random bits that my Spotify algorithm throws at me from West Africa or Latin America.

What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?

The first record I bought was In The Shadows by The Rasmus - what a classic. Haven’t listened to it in years. To be honest, I can’t remember my first gig. We didn’t exactly get massive acts coming to Cork back when I was a kid and Dublin was miles away. Lots of smaller local events and gigs I’m sure.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Right now, according to Spotify, it’s Bach’s Fugue No. 2 in C Minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier by the Swingle Singers. It’s an acapella swing version. It featured in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, which I saw three weeks ago and I can’t get it out of my head since. Very Wes Anderson - but genuinely, at this very moment, I would say Say Can You Hear by Men I Trust.

Favourite lyric of all time?

The opening of Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.

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

I’m going to say Tailwhip by Men I Trust here again - I think that band got me through lockdown and it’s the perfect blend of chill and energy.

Where can people find your music/more information?

You can find out all about me on the usual places. Bandcamp is always the best place for indie musicians like myself but Instagram and YouTube also have everything I release on them.