Tom Dunne wants new pet sounds

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainm­ent Friday 25.05.2012 -

New­stalk DJ Tom Dunne has launched a ma­jor new com­pe­ti­tion for un­signed artists with the in­ten­tion of un­cov­er­ing the next big Ir­ish singer-song­writer.

Dunne, who moon­lights as the front­man of 1980s band Some­thing Hap­pens, will run Dunne’s De­mos, a com­pe­ti­tion borne out of an aver­sion to TV tal­ent shows, which he claims have “dis­torted the mar­ket and taken [up] too many re­sources”.

The win­ner will per­form on Dunne’s ra­dio show (week­days, 10am-12pm) and get a day at Wind­mill Lane Record­ing Stu­dios and a slot at Indiepen­dence, the mu­sic fes­ti­val that takes place in Mitchel­stown, Co Cork, from Au­gust 3rd-5th.

“In the cur­rent cli­mate the new Neil Young is more likely to write an app than Heart of Gold,” said Dunne.

“When we start look­ing for Ire­land’s best un­signed singer-song­writer, ul­ti­mately the lis­tener will be the win­ner. We may not nec­es­sar­ily find the new Damien Rice, but we might find some­one who, in a few years, could be just as tal­ented and suc­cess­ful.”

The dead­line for en­tries is June 8th and the win­ner will be an­nounced on June 15th. The panel of judges in­cludes mu­si­cian Steve Wall and A&R con­sul­tant Thomas Black. En­tries, which must be from an un­signed artist, can be sent to de­[email protected]­stalk.ie.

The court dates for Mor­ris­sey’s li­bel case against NME has been set for July 16th-19th in London. Rock­a­billy fans take note: the an­nual Rockin’ Road Fes­ti­val takes place this Sun­day in Drum­con­dra, Dublin, with mu­sic by The Sabre­jets, Liz is Evil, Re­tarded Cop and more. tinyurl.com/rrf2012 Two screen­ings of the Beastie Boys’ 2004 Madi­son Square Gar­den con­cert video, Awe­some: I Fuckin’ Shot That!, will take place to­mor­row night and next Thurs­day at Dublin’s Light­house Cinema.

Steve Wall (right) on Dunne’s De­mos judg­ing panel

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