Lone star state

Af­ter stints with bands in­clud­ing Plague Mon­keys and Ty­cho Brahe, singer and song­writer Carol Keogh is re­leas­ing a solo al­bum. She talks to Tony Clay­ton-lea

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What keeps me go­ing, prin­ci­pally, is the fact that the songs keep com­ing. Most peo­ple I know who write and per­form mu­sic and songs will say that they feel they have to do it and that goes for me, too. I won’t say I haven’t strug­gled over the years, es­pe­cially be­ing cast as the main driver – that re­quires an amount of self-be­lief that is some­times hard to find. But I’m not alone. I have great mu­si­cians be­hind me who, to my eter­nal sur­prise and grat­i­tude, seem to be com­pletely com­mit­ted to the cause. And they’ve lifted me up and car­ried me when I’ve been un­cer­tain or dis­heart­ened. I’m ex­tremely lucky in that re­spect.” singing, voice. But maybe that’s the kind of thing you won’t hear if you’re prej­u­diced to hear oth­er­wise. I’m very proud of all the ma­te­rial from those bands, though. I still get a lot of peo­ple telling me how much Plague Mon­keys meant to them, and it never gets old, hear­ing that.” The whole mu­sic in­dus­try has changed dra­mat­i­cally in the past decade and the in­ter­net has driven that change. So­cial net­work­ing tech­nolo­gies are get­ting smarter and more user-friendly as well as more di­ver­si­fied, so there are dif­fer­ent chan­nels through which artists can de­liver their mu­sic and find au­di­ences. And with the ma­jor­ity of artists now hav­ing to fi­nance and man­age their own ca­reers, any­thing that helps to make that job eas­ier can only be good. The com­pe­ti­tion aside, I like the Muzu model, with its ded­i­cated chan­nels, and I think it has a nice look and feel. As for ‘Un­signed and On­line’, how could ¤10,000 worth of on­line pro­mo­tion for the win­ner not be of ben­e­fit?”

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