Dublin RnB collective Bricknasty dropped their debut EP ‘INA CRUELER’ this month, get familiar with them via this VIPER interview…
What five words define your sound?
Fatboy: Creative, ideas, thinker, innovative, childlike, explosive, mysterious.
Tell me something unique about your creative process
Cillian: Our creative process is pretty cool, we engage in a ritual called the “Rhythmic Rhapsody.” It involves donning blindfolds and jousting on one another’s backs using our instruments as lethal weapons.
Which song of yours would you like people to hear first?
Fatboy: ‘ducks ina row’. It’s very freaky and weird. It makes me uncomfortable, and I like that.
What’s the most vulnerable you’ve allowed yourself to be when writing/making music?
Fatboy: On a song called ‘praskky’, where I’m talking about me da and the last time I seen him.
What’s the best/worst experience you’ve had on stage?
Dara: One of the best experiences I’ve had was when we played Fibber Magee’s pub in Dublin on 4/20. We’ve made it an annual tradition now. A sure fire way to get us to play a gig is to book it on 4/20 and in Fibbers. 100% success rate. The worst experience I’ve had on stage is harder to pin down. The first gig we did as a band in The Space in Phibsborough comes to mind. We were very under prepared and confident in our ability to jam. To say we were humbled is an understatement.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Dara: I like performing ‘fashion’. Mainly because of a Joe Pass-esque unison line we play in the song that is entirely self indulgent and always fun to try to keep from falling apart.
Which artist/song/album made you want to make music?
Dara: We really enjoyed talking about ‘Voodoo’ by D’angelo and ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ by Kendrick Lamar when the band started. Influences are pretty scattered across each member. Personally what made me want to start making music were the likes of Elliott Smith and Phil Elvrum, though their influence isn’t really prevalent in the music as of now.
What’s the meaning behind your name?
Cillian: I don’t think there’s any real meaning behind the name, it just sounds cool. If I had it my way we would be called the Deceptirocks, after the evil faction of Transformers from Michael Bay’s 2007 major motion picture adaption of Transformers.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing instead?
Korey: All the lads in the back of the van fitting carpets, could do a serious deal for you on the 8mm underlay if you’re looking. Bit of manual handling, few stairs and landings, professional mindset professional gear quick turnaround.
What’s success to you?
Korey: Generational wealth.
What moment in your life/career forced you to change direction?
Louis: The minute I realised I had that dawg in me, I knew I couldn’t keep going the way I was going. That dawg was just howling and howling, and basically just told me what we needed to be doing to get to where we want to get to. I honestly think that without that dawg in me I wouldn’t be here right now.
Where can people keep in touch with you?
Louis: The best place to keep up with the music is following us on Spotify or whatever streaming platform you use. For more personal/regular bits, get us on Instagram at @bricknxsty.