Student Profile: David Sheerin

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Photography by: Orla Dallman

What course are you studying?
I am currently in my second year studying Music, Media and Performance Technology at University of Limerick.

Have you always been intent on studying music?
I started to play a musical instrument when I was about 12. Then I gradually started to learn about the more software side of music and electronical music production. From there on I knew that that was the type of study I was most interested in.

When did you start to produce your own music?
I started making my own productions when I was around 15. It took me a good while to get used to the software but I really wanted to make some of my own music, so I stuck at it..

How does your college course help with your own music productions?
My course really does help with my musical production. It shows me how each individual sound is created, and how to use these sounds in an effective manner. We also use different DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) so it helps me understand different programmes, which will benefit me in the future.

What do you think of the Limerick music/club scene?
Limerick’s club scene is only getting better in my opinion! You have to credit the guys at Subtech in The Library for the job that they are doing. DIE in Dolans and Gutter are also fantastic nights. The Limerick music and club scene is on the rise and I am very excited.

Who are your musical influences?
My musical influences range from all types of musical genres, it’s really hard to put a finger on just one or two artists. I would have to say that the likes of deadmau5 and Eric Prydz really got me into producing my own music. Now I’ll listen to a range of different artists such as Jamie xx, Tourist, Julio Bashmore, Amtrac and many more to try get ideas for my own tracks.

You’ve had great success with your tracks Voices in The Sun and We Are One, how did it feel to have your work recognised by national and international platforms?
I was so happy when Voices In The Sun got signed to Tronic Stomp, a German label. I knew that this could be a great starting point for my tracks to be heard internationally. Then when We Are One was released it really took off around Ireland. It was getting plays on all the radio stations and featured on Nialler9’s blog, the most read Irish music blog, which I was very happy with.

Do you think it’s important to showcase young Irish vocalists in your music as you did in both of these tracks?
Yes, this is a really important element in my releases. It is always great to see young Irish producers collaborating, and I want to showcase how many talented Irish vocalists there are out there.

What’s been the most memorable gig you’ve played?
I have had many memorable gigs so far. Subtech back in March stands out as It was a really big gig for me.

Also playing at Afterlife way back last year in a little house in Milford Grange too, where it all started!

Any exciting plans for the future?
Well I have a few of my biggest releases yet to come so I’m going to be focusing on finishing them. I want to release my first EP too, which I am so excited for. And hopefully I’ll be playing around Limerick and other parts of Munster too.

Article by: Orla Dallman
Photography by: Orla Dallman

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