Niall Cash

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Niall Cash may be on top of the iTunes Singer­Song­writer charts while also back­ing up bands such as Walk­ing on Cars, but the Wex­ford na­tive mostly just wants to play as many gigs as pos­si­ble – and still get to class on time. A stu­dent at BIMM, Cash says that the ex­pe­ri­ences he’s had in school are what have shaped his ca­reer as a song­writer.

“If I didn’t go to BIMM I wouldn’t know half the stuff that I do know,” he says. “Not just the mu­sic the­ory or song­writ­ing, but the ac­tual business side. I’ve had so much in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence from be­ing out gig­ging and meet­ing peo­ple in the in­dus­try, and know­ing the right way to go about it is def­i­nitely some­thing I’ve learned at BIMM.”

Cash also takes the time to get some in­spi­ra­tion from the record store. “I started off mainly listening to Ben Howard – he was the main song­writ­ing in­spi­ra­tion for gui­tar, cause he does a lot with open tun­ings. That brought me to a whole dif­fer­ent level of song­writ­ing. I wanted to keep that kind of vibe but be com­mer­cial at the same time, so I started listening to James Bay. But listening to Ben Howard, that brought me on to Joni Mitchell and all kinds of other stuff. Those three would be the main ones for me.”

It was the op­por­tu­nity to back up Walk­ing on Cars that re­ally kicked off Cash’s ca­reer as a young mu­si­cian. “I got that when I was about sev­en­teen, so that was two years ago. They came down to our venue back home, and the booker had seen me play be­fore, so he asked me to sup­port them.” Not long after, Cash won a nom­i­na­tion for Best Male Solo Act from Pure M magazine. “I was de­lighted about that, that was to­tally un­ex­pected,” he says. “That just goes to show that the more you get out there and play, good things will come of it. And that’s what I’m try­ing to do now, get my mu­sic out there. So hope­fully it works.”

See: Niall Cash plays Whe­lan’s, Dublin on Novem­ber 23. Hear: His EP, Frames Have Cracked, is avail­able now.

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