Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO is he?
“I’m Diolmhain, I live in Dublin. Both my folks are maaaad talented musicians, so I guess most of my musical background comes from them. My mother did a masters in Music Media Tech when I was fairly young, so I had access to recording gear and software at the time. I used to mess around on SoundForge and ProTools a fair bit, not doing anything super musical, just playing with effects and making weird noise (a process that I haven’t really deviated from ever since).”
WHAT is he singing about?
“The EP that I’ve just released, Amazed, A Maze! is all based around a loose concept; feeling trapped in a loop, and the moments of clarity that break that feeling, when it seems like a veil has been momentarily lifted from your head or something like that. So lyrically and sonically that’s what everything is based around.”
“There’s a lot of sampling on the EP, little bits of vocals or old records that I’ve then processed heavily to make them sort of… recognizable but unrecognizable. I don’t think it’s stuff that you’d necessarily pick up on consciously as a listener, but it’s there. Like on the track Wonder, the vocal hook thing on the chorus is a Marvin Gaye sample (don’t sue me Marv-Ghost), and most people won’t notice that immediately, but then once they realize they’ll be like “ooooh yeaaah I hear it”. Even if you’re not conscious of it, I think having those sounds in there, that most people will have heard so many times their imbedded in the subconscious, really makes the whole atmosphere of the EP.”
WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up in Dublin, and of course that’s had a big impact on who I am and what I’m doing. Dublin is a great place, and the “scene” is really strong, there’s a lot of really inspiring stuff going on, which is something I’ve only come to realize in the last few years. When I was growing up, I saw the music scene through my parents and their friends, and it all seemed really cool, something I wanted to become a part of. Then I hit puberty and stopped hanging out with my parents all the time (was 2 cool), so suddenly I was out of that world. I went through a lot of secondary school without knowing much about Dublin’s “scene”, even playing in my band it always felt like we were parallel to it, and I think I got a bit disenfranchised with the place as a result, I was aware of all this stuff going on but I just couldn’t figure out how to get involved (as I was a dumb teen, but one never fully understands that at the time).”
“I went over to Berlin for a summer the year after I left school, and fell in love with the place. I really didn’t want to come home, it felt like there was something going on around every corner over there, but once I did I kind of saw things from a new perspective, realized there’s loads of amazing creative people doing wicked things over here, but I just hadn’t been paying attention. Ever since then I’ve just been trying to get properly stuck in, going to gigs, Djing, putting on shows. Like anywhere else the place is what you make of it, things are never going to fall in to one’s lap.”
WHY the name Wastefellow?
“I heard it in Vennu Mallesh’s opus It’s My Life and thought it had a nice ring to it. Once I googled it, I came up with this definition from Samosapedia, the definitive guide to South Asian lingo – a certain kind of male who does not interest a girl because he is degree-less, job-less, bike-less, sexy-less mostly brain-less but insists on pursuing the said girl to elicit such invectives. And that just really felt like a fun fit.”
WHEN can I see him live?
“I’ll be playing a headline spot in Whelan’s upstairs on the 14th of July, then Knockanstockan. The live show at the moment is all running off my laptop, with me singing and frantically hitting drumpads and twisting nobs. I’ve got my extremely talented friend Conor Donoghue (who did the video for Wonder) doing live visuals, and the plan is to add drums to the show over the next few weeks, played by the immensely talented Brendan Doherty (who also played on the EP). The plan at the moment is to do the first gig with Brendan at Knockanstockan. ”