Thanks to Today FM’s Sunday Business Show for featuring The Nucleus and interviewing me on this weekend’s show. I have always been a fan of the show and Conall Ó Móráin is a great host. Click the link or image below to listen to the excerpt about The Nucleus.
Ireland has a proud history in the Eurovision, we have won more than every other country; a mighty seven times. But it has been 5 years since we even managed to get beyond the semi-final stage. We are extremely proud that ‘Together,’ a song we created specially for Eurovision, has finally brought Ireland back to where we belong.
‘Together’ is the first song to which we assigned a catalogue position, it is our song number 001. In a nice twist of fate, it also became our first song to make its way to public ears when it was selected by RTE to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2018. RTE showed great faith in our abilities and went with us, a new musical startup, instead of international hired guns, to work with them on both providing the song and the overall production. We are very happy that their trust and faith has been vindicated.
As a songwriting team, creative hub, and publishing company focused on pop music, we are proud that the Eurovision has turned out to be the launchpad for The Nucleus. It was a launchpad that turned out okay for ABBA. Can The Nucleus do for Irish pop songwriting what ABBA did for Swedish pop songwriting? Yes, absolutely.
It was nice to wake up this morning and see The Irish Times’ piece about The Nucleus and our work around Eurovision 2018. Today is the day of Ireland’s semi-final and, in Ryan O’Shaughnessy, we have a great performer who has been winning hearts all over Europe with ‘Together,’ a beautiful pop ballad written purposefully for Eurovision in The Nucleus by Laura Elizabeth Hughes, Mark Caplice and Ryan O’Shaughnessy. Our group is described as The Semi-Final of Death, and anything can happen in a voting competition, but we have a great chance for our song to qualify Ireland into the final for the first time in five years. Tune in tonight and best of luck to team Ireland! 🙂
Many thanks to the Independent and writer Aoife Kelly for publishing the interview I did with them this week. It covers some of my thoughts on the highs and lows of the Irish songwriting scene, my exposure to The (other) Scandinavian Model, Eurovision, and the muso-genetic predecessors that have inspired The Nucleus.
This time one month ago the first song from our catalogue went live and I was wrapping up a very fruitful SXSW 2018. The month since then has been a very busy one, and a very good one. The on switch was flicked and suddenly we have three songs out in the world doing well. Developing and growing a business through its beta phase comes with a great sense of purpose and pride. But The Nucleus exists to make songs, not ball bearings, and nothing is as satisfying as seeing our work in the real world being relished by fans. I particularly enjoyed seeing Ireland’s two biggest TV talk shows each feature artists doing songs by The Nucleus two nights in a row (Ryan O’Shaughnessy performing ‘Together’ on The Late Late Show and Jake Carter performing ‘The Little Things You Do’ on The Ray D’Arcy Show). Another Irish artist with whom we have a song is Damian McGinty, formerly a star on TV show Glee. It was great to see the song ‘Unbelievable,’ which is on his recent EP that jumped into the US iTunes top 10.
Our doors are open. Our songs are out there. Our writers are creating work that is just getting better and better. What do we want? More, more, more.
It’s an important moment for The Nucleus. Our publishing catalogue is now officially live and our songwriting team and studio spaces are open for business and busy with projects. The first song from our catalogue was debuted to the world yesterday on Irish national broadcaster, RTE. The song, called ‘Together,’ will go on to international release and a live TV performance for 180 million viewers as Ireland’s Eurovision 2018 entry.
Last year The Nucleus attended the international music seminar SXSW 2017 in Austin, Texas to see-what-it’s-all-about. Next week we are back for SXSW 2018 and we are bringing the work of Ireland’s brightest young songwriters. Our work is still in it’s very early days, but we believe our talent and writers will step up to every opportunity and are deeply excited to show what Irish writers can do. We are also very excited about all that Texas BBQ 🙂
It’s a nice Sunday surprise to see that we are featured in today’s Sunday Business Post’s ‘Irish start-ups on the march.’ There are some fantastic start-ups in there and we’re proud to be amongst them. We haven’t actually hit the large figure of 70 signed songwriters as mentioned. Yet.
Mark Caplice is a young songwriter who has made a very big impression on me. I initially heard him perform live at The Song Room, Dublin and got a sense that there was a lot inside him. When we started doing studio work and writing projects with him in The Nucleus, my gut feeling was proved 100% correct; he is a great natural talent.
Besides his writing and musical abilities (including freakish perfect pitch), he also brings huge positivity to everything he does which makes him a perfect fit for our collaborative songwriting model. In the build up to our publishing catalogue being launched, Mark has become one of our most used songwriters. We are proud to sign publishing with him and bring another great young Irish songwriter to the international market.
Today is the last day of our second songwriting camp in January. These camps have been relatively small with 4 writing rooms occupied by twenty+ writers over two sets of three days. It has been great mix of new and experienced Irish songwriting, production and vocal talent, all working and bonding together with the goal of creating great work. Is every song a hit? Of course not, but so far it feels like we have at least a couple of future cuts.
January is a great time to focus on creativity, that’s why we choose to run two camps in one month. Will we do it again? Well… it has been A LOT of work, and pulling it off has been a bit crazy. So… yes, we’ll probably do two camps in one month again at some point. But for now we’ll go back to one a month and see how brave we’re feeling later in the year! Which probably means we will do three camps in January 2019 🙂
Laura Elizabeth Hughes first came to my attention while she was still a teenager when I heard songs she had posted online. Her voice made the hairs on my neck stand up. I may have been early to find her talent, but millions of listeners have now had the same reaction listening to songs she recorded at home on a webcam, one of which got 1/4 million streams in less than 24 hours.
As a songwriter, Laura writes to the heart of a song with lyrical texture and emotional punch. She has an innate sense of melody that works across genres. I’ve never asked her to, but she could probably sing the phonebook and make it beautiful. These talents, combined with her vocal ability, make her a great collaborator and top line writer. We are very proud and happy to have Laura sign publishing and bring her vocal and writing abilities to The Nucleus.