To be perfectly honest my music interest was mostly Metal and Rock orientated most of my life, between being in those one or two bands and just playing Metal LOUD. But I moved to Galway, close to four years ago and just around then I stumbled across Dubstep through mates here, and from when I heard and met Irish producer Zenji, I was hooked.
After a while I ended up doing sound production, but mainly sound engineering through GTI and thus had to hold an event as part of the whole thing. That's really where it all began, just kept trucking after that.
Was there anything unique or special about the environment you developed your skills in; musically, culturally?
If I never moved to Galway I don't think I would have gone in this direction at all, so I'd have to say there is a ridiculous amount of creative people around this city, and meeting and working with a lot of them has really helped myself do these events, definitely.
PUZZLEvents has become very popular in Galway; what is it like to be the organizer, or 'Main Puzzler' of these events? Are you happy with what you have achieved?
Ha, nice title "Main Puzzler'', but yes, hell yes, I'm beyond overwhelmed with the out-come of ''PUZZLEvents'' over the past fourteen months. We've seen it grow from the first night back in April 2014, but never in my dreams did I expect anything near the support shown on Saturday past at the Panda Dub gig, it was insane. I know a lot of organisers and they'll agree, to be fair it's a bloody nuts job, you've got 100 things zipping on through your lil head every second; I'm chuffed to have the solid team I have doing whatever they can and more to ensure the PUZZLE gears keep turning. It's stressful as much as anything but every night is worth it.
What was the first record you ever bought?
I can imagine it being a Metallica album but I couldn't be 100% certain, so, I'm gonna say "Kill 'em All''.
What, in your opinion, are the main challenges/obstacles to becoming a DJ today?
The DJ on after him/her.
What has been your favourite festival experience?
Tough one, two completely different experiences; Download 2006 or LIFE 2010, both equally good just different vibes, does that count?
Sometimes people bring up questions of originality concerning electronic music, claiming this type of music is merely copying, and not creating new material. How would you defend this genre of music?
I've seen first hand the sheer amount of work put into some tracks that are being made out there and it's a little bit more than your average pop song; copy and paste with a different lyric, you know? Everyone is trying to be different these days, to place their own stamp in the music scene, so there may be a few that sound alike, but there's a lot more that are trying to be in some way different.
What are your plans for the future, or your next project?
PUZZLE will be getting involved with The Scrobarnach: Electronic Music Festival happening on the 14-15 August, and after that we'll be back to a few club nights here in the city or back at the Commercial Boat Club, event depending, but we kept the Panda gig on the down low for a long time so no secrets will be coming out today.
If you could stage a rave anywhere in Ireland, where would that be? Your only limitation in the weather.
Hmmm...does space count, like right above Ireland space, on a clear Summer Solstice night.
Is there anything about Galway in particular that encourages the growth of electronic music, perhaps 'something in the water'?
As I was saying earlier, Galway has an abundance of talent, but unfortunately a lack of venues catering for a lot. This city attracts creativity from across the world, so it's no wonder there is such a growth because of these different techniques and styles, and people love music here, that most certainly helps, you know?