Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

John Hearne, Cormac Parle, Stephen Whelan, Jamie Evans. All born in Ireland in the 70s – Cormac, John, Jamie grew up in the countryside, Stephen in the city.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

In the mid-80s John was playing bass in the band, but wanted to play guitar instead. He heard Cormac (a year below him in school) played bass, and asked him to join – Cormac actually played classical double bass rather than bass guitar, but his enthusiasm got him the gig

When the band’s drum machine got stolen in the late 90s Stephen answered an ad in the local music magazine for a drummer.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Like all bands we think our music is unclassifiable, but I guess it fits into the very broad genre that is ‘indie’. We don’t have a concept, when we’re writing we just fart around until we come up with something that sounds cool.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

We’ve made music that a small group of people love and have had some minor successes over the years – airplay on Irish radio, a TV slot or two, some reasonably well-attended shows. The most famous band we’ve played with is Explosions in the Sky (long before they were famous), in a tiny venue in western Ireland with no seats so everyone had to sit on the (dirty and very sticky) floor.

Mostly its been downs rather than ups though. We’re a very unsuccessful band.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Cormac is crazy about dancing and inspired by the T.Milly’s videos on youtube wanted to make a dance video. We got a bunch of friends and family into a dance studio with a choreographer and made it up as we went along.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

We’re not really in “the music industry”, and we don’t have any goals. We make music because it scratches our itches.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

We do it because it is fun. Inspiration is for pussies.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If we knew that you’d probably be talking to the band’s PR company (rather than to me, the bass player).

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Be kind to each other!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

If you want to be successful then study what we’ve done and do the opposite.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Our first album ‘Future Come And Get Me’ came out in 2005 and we’ve have a few other bits and pieces too, all on bandcamp or Spotify.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

FlirtFM, 2FM, 2XM, KCLR, WLR, Beats 102-103, Cork’s 96FM, 8Radio, Raidio na Gaeltachta plus a few other Irish local stations.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Most of our composition and recording is done at home and then mixed by the pros in The Production Suite in Dublin.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I (Cormac) am the only one who really listens to ‘big’ artists. I love the new Macklemore’s album, I love Nicki Minaj, Mura Masa, Major Lazer – danceable music with singalong choruses.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

We’ve only ever collaborated with local artists you’ve never heard of. I’d love the chance to collaborate with Macklemore or Die Antwoord but I don’t suppose it’ll ever happen.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

http://www.facebook.com/stoatmusic

http://abandcalledstoat.com

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

http://stoat.bandcamp.com

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

That’s a very personal question! I’d need to know you a bit better to tell you those stories.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Pay off some debts!


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