sabato, dicembre 18, 2010

Irish music site with Italian roots

by Lauren Murphy

A website primarily focused on Irish musicians is quickly gathering momentum for its interviews with big and small stars alike – but strangely enough, it’s run by two Italians who have made Ireland their home. is the brainchild of Rossella Bottone and Luisella Mazza, who moved to Dublin two years ago to work for Google but who have inadvertently ended up documenting the Irish music scene in their spare time. Neither had any experience in videomaking, nor any marketing strategy in place, but they have nevertheless built up an impressive repertoire of interviews with many of the artists and bands who have passed through Dublin in the two years since the site was launched.

Some of the musicians who have graced its web pages include Saul Williams, Joan as Police Woman (pictured), Jeffrey Lewis and Wild Beasts, as well as Irish names such as Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan and Adrian Crowley.

“The music scene is very welcoming here. We just wanted to show people abroad how vivid this scene is,” said Bottone. “People always talk about London and Berlin as the coolest places for music, but Dublin has nothing less than them – it’s just that nobody knows!” The former journalist also co-runs booking agency Littlemaps, which has booked Italian tours for acts such as Delorentos and Nina Hynes.