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Posts Tagged ‘ Elavator ’

Irish Artist Aims For New Beginning In Germany

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Many feel that their prospects are best enhanced by sticking to everyday norms. Be that the space they occupy, the daily tasks they fulfill or simply the people they associate themselves with. There’s nothing to say that operating within one’s comfort zone is a flawed system but stepping outside the box can open up a whole new world of opportunities. Irish singer and songwriter Greg Clifford has opted to make a break for Europe in the hopes of establishing himself further as an artist and to explore what one can achieve from stepping away from familiar territory.

We caught up with Greg to get an insight into his personality and music career and to see exactly what Germany has to offer the blossoming music career of a rising Irish artist.

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Clifford To Launch New EP At The Mercantile

gregGreg Clifford returns to the Dublin stage on Saturday June 1st to launch his new album entitled The Temple Lane Recordings.

Fresh from launching his debut album last December, the unique soloist returns with seven new tracks, supported by the ever reliable Ciaran Brennan and a session band.

Ahead of the event Irish News Review caught up with the former frontman of Elavator who is eagerly anticipating the date at the Mercantile Venue. Continue reading

Versatile Clifford To Rock Whelan’s With Launch Of Debut Album

Dublin will burst into life on December 1st when the unpredictable multi-instrumentalist that is Greg Clifford launches his debut album in Whelan’s.

Supported by Ciaran Brennan, Greg will woo fans with his hits such as Revolver, Wasting Away and his new single Changing Everyday, which has fans and critics raving (Click the links to listen to the songs).

Clifford, the former frontman of the now defunct Elavator has honed his skills during his six year stint with the now defunct band, through his studies and through his participation in the RTE Instrumental TV series. Not to mention the endless amount of hard work he has put in behind the scenes.

Hard working Greg has also toured internationally with Diversus Guitar Ensemble and appeared in the National Concert Hall. He also works as arranger for NDT Productions and a session guitarist.

The Dubliner possesses a rather unique style which is an amalgamation of singer songwriter with rock, blues, jazz and folk. Inspired by many, Greg is certainly becoming a trend setter in the tough music industry and his debut album launch is not to be missed as it proves a rare insight into one of the finest talents on the Irish music scene.

Speaking of his inspirations Greg revealed  that “There’s many inspirations. I love the Beatles, what they stand for and what they’ve pioneered.But aspects of Krautrock, classical music, Baroque music, rock, punk.. it all effects me and shapes the musician I am.. I’m an open character and my music reflects and captures who I am.”

“Experience and my surroundings always have a direct influence on what I put down on paper and on record.”

After six years with Elavator, Greg now possesses a freedom to pursue a solo career, something he labels as “one of the most liberating and rewarding musical experiences” of his career. Speaking of the demise of the Dublin rock band Greg revealed a mixture of emotions combining nostalgia with a hunger and desire to fulfill his new found freedom.

“I kind of had no choice but to go solo. I spent 6 years playing with Elavator. Of course we had our highs and lows but we really got to a stage where there was no more genuine progression. It became apparent that there was contrasting levels of commitment and willingness to improve and push the sound further. But it was an invaluable experience and when we clicked we were one of the tightest, most rocking bands on the Irish underground music scene. In honesty I miss the raw, loud, sweaty events we created when we played. But we move on as people, we adapt and it leads onto a new musical chapter for me, one that resonates in a more singer songwriter-like idiom which is interesting for what it’s worth.

He reflects, ‘It was the right time in my life to document this material and expand musically’.

The authentic soloist is revered for his style, something which no one can seemingly tie down such is his level of versatility. “It comes as quite a compliment, but people seem unable to pin point my style or where exactly my sounds lies. As pretentious as it may come across, I believe my sound is a culmination of all I’ve listened too and all the various musical ensembles I’ve ventured into”.

“ I would compare my mindset, rather than my style, to someone like Nick Cave. Having said that, I’m under no illusions, I couldn’t hold a candle towards that genius. But I admire how prolific he is and how he continues to reinvent himself and his soundworld. This is something I wish to someday adhere to.”

October saw Greg star in Instrumental, a series which documented a four month journey where three personalities and three members of the public set out to learn an instrument from scratch, culminating with a performance by each participant, complete with full orchestral backing, in the National Concert Hall. Greg mastered the clarinet, an instrument he endeavours to continue learning and plans to work into future recording projects. The show culminated in the National Concert Hall with Greg wowing crowds with his own arrangement of his own composition entitled “Changing Everyday”, which is also his new single.

2013 looks set to be the breakout year for this promising star, not that you would know it from talking to him. The patient Dubliner is more than willing to bide his time and keep working hard as he attempts to fulfill his dreams.

“To be out straight I really do not know what 2013 holds in store for me. All I can do is soldier on and keep the faith. I’d like to receive more recognition for the hard work I put in and build a solid fan base.. It is difficult, due to music, and the artistic world in fact, being so saturated. There are so many people trying to create and forge an identity but I’ll keep gigging and putting up content online.. I’ll most likely record a second album and will look to push my sound by incorporating instruments I’ve never written for before. I’d also like to attempt film music compositions, more arrangements and general orchestral scores, and just see where the musical road takes me”.

His musical talents know no boundaries and his versatility and uniqueness will no doubt take Irish music to a whole new level.

Greg Clifford (@gregclifford87)  plays Whelan’s on Saturday December 1st. The exciting debut launch of his highly anticipated first solo album is not to be missed. Tickets cost €8 and can be purchased from the box office or directly from Greg on Facebook.

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