Dream comes true for ‘West of Eden’
THE ADVENTURE started very simply for partners Kenn Davis and Cindy O’Keeffe.
As members of the up-and-coming music duo West of Eden, a single message on myspace has helped their dreams come true.
After many years spent playing the live-music circuit in Ireland Davis who hails from Tinahely, and Dublin native O’Keefe couldn’t believe their luck when they were invited to meet with a top New York management company with a view to signing a record deal.
‘With the growth of the internet, the online world has eliminated borders and smashed distances bringing the world closer and more together in a global community.
‘In today’s music industry musicians suddenly have the possibilities of getting their music to an even wider and more diverse audience at a much faster pace,’ says Davis.
Three months of touring in the United States soon followed where West of Eden built up a good relationship with their new management.
Another trip is scheduled for 2009.
Success has not come for the duo without plenty of hard work. West of Eden is not the first band either have been involved with. There was also a group called Rakataka which, as they say ‘ran its course’.
It was then that West of Eden was established incorporating O’Keeffe’s unique and melodic voice and Davis’ guitar accompaniment to maximum benefit.
Having reached number one in the alternative download charts and number three in the independent download charts with their debut EP ‘Everyday thing’ in 2007. ‘From the first day we played together we gelled. Our styles are completely contrasting, our voices too but it’s the combination of the two voices and styles that makes it work,’ says Davis. He adds that the contrast in their styles and background is what helps them create their unique sound.
‘Cindy comes from a jazz / blues background. Her grandfather was a jazz trumpet player who played the music circuit back in the day. She is influenced from Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and the like.
‘She’s a very soulful singer and these influences ooze out of her effortlessly and fluently. I on the other hand am more of the raw kind. I’m a self-taught guitarist and have been writing songs for over 15 years and have been crafting a unique style that is complemented greatly by Cindy’s own personal style.’
Davis compares himself to a ‘musical sponge’ which soaks everything up and eventually leaks it out.
Wexford and Wicklow have been regular venues for West of Eden including Paddy Blues in Gorey and venues in Aughrim and Annacurra which in turn have provided a solid fan-base.
Musical partners Kenn Davis and Cindy O’Keeffe are celebrating their music scene breakthrough.
West of Eden have formed a solid fan-base around the county.