Garage Bar Dublin – A Music Lover’s Dream

If you’ve been following our little blog you’ll have noticed that everyone I’ve interviewed in the past has mentioned the Garage Bar as a place to hear the best tunes and have a dance in Dublin’s fair city. It was only right to give it it’s own post.

Garage Bar is a great hangout for subcultures and the fact that I’m a resident DJ there, it’s safe to say Rebirth of Cool has a special connection with the place. It’s a cool dive bar in the heart of the city (and a stone’s throw from the shop) with DJs 5 nights a week spinning amazing tunes, the walls covered with pictures of the Stones, The Jam, The Who, etc, it’s a music bar for music people.

I’ve asked my fellow resident DJs to answer some questions to give you all a bit of insight into Garage Bar. After you’ve read this, text yer mates and plan a night there ASAP, see you at the bar – mine’s a Guinness!

– Michelle


Name:
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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

Eh, I love some of the Mod and European looks of the 50s/60s and the beatnik look too. I’m also a fan of the west coast mid to late 60s look, Byrds, etc…and I do love a good military jacket too! I guess my look is a mix of those things really, depending on how I’m feeling. My go to piece would probably be one of my psych shirts or maybe a black turtle neck under a slim cut blazer.

Describe your first musical awakening…

When I was 3/4 I discovered Buddy Holly and the Crickets and was obsessed from there. Listened to them pretty much constantly throughout my childhood.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

Hard! So many but here’s a couple off my head…

Albums:

Love – Forever Changes
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Vol.3
The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The Kinks – Something Else
Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire De Melody Nelson
Gene Clark – No Other

Songs:

Ann Sexton – You’ve Been Gone Too Long
Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con
The Small Faces – The Autumn Stone
Tasha Thomas – I Saw the Sky
The Bold – Gotta Get Some
Booker T & The MGs – Boot Leg
Mulatu Astatke – Yegelle Tezeta

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

Theo Lawrence & The Hearts – Sticky Icky
The I.D- Watch Out
Jean Claude Vannier/Serge Gainsbourg – Colin Maillard

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

There’s just a great mix of DJs and music taste there. I might feel like playing some Northern Soul some night or might wanna play some Psych or some European stuff another and it’s all good…

What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

Just so many good nights with some of my greatest pals…

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

Psych, Soul and Rock’n’Roll

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

There are lots. Currently Jacques Dutronc – Les Cactus

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

I’m a drummer in a couple of bands so either gigging or rehearsing!


Name: The Reverend Tony Bones

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

My style would be a mix of lots of different influences. My Style heroes would be everyone from Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton but also Keith Richards and Paul Weller. It would include a lot of classic numbers like Levi’s Jeans, Harrington Jackets, Sta Press Trousers, Gingham Shirts, Anything by either Fred Perry or Ted Baker and plenty of Paisley Shirts. And suits. Lots and lots of sharp suits. Preferably 3 buttons in a Donegal Tweed.

Describe your first musical awakening…

Paul Weller “Stanley Road”. That was the game changer. This was an album that sounded unlike anything I had heard before as a teenager. It also opened doors into Mod Culture to me. Off the back of that album I discovered The Small Faces, Stax and so much more.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?  

That’s a really hard question. Really depends on how I’m feeling at the time but there are a few albums I always return to: Wire “Pink Flag” Nick Drake “Pink Moon” John Coltrane “A Love Supreme” Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures” are always in the mix. But push comes to shove, my favourite album of all Time is The Stooges “Fun House”. Glen Campbell “Witchita Lineman” is the greatest song of all time.

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

I’d have to say “Its Obvious” by Au Pairs, “Hurricane Laughter” by Fontaines DC and whatever the latest release is by The Swedish Railway Orchestra.

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

Two things: the people and the music. It has the best of both things in Dublin. Its a great sense of community but also you discover so many great bands and tunes!

What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

Too many. Probably the post Stone Roses Manchester night that was spread across the Workmans and Garage bar. Rowetta, Dave Haslem and a few others had DJ sets. I was on in The Garage Bar. For last tune of the night, I ended up on top of the Decks with the whole venue singing “I am The Resurrection” back to me. People still come up and talk to me about that night. Magic.

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

A very eclectic mix. My musical palette would be very wide so I’d drop everything from 1940’s R & B to Northern Soul to Post Punk to Manchester Classics. And The Stones. Always drop in The Stones.

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Either the Human Beinz “Nobody but me” or “With a Hip” by Echo & The Bunnymen.

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

I also DJ in the Workmans Club a couple of times a month. A very different type of set but equally as fun. I also co present a radio show with Dave Rigney called “The Neon Room” on every Thursday on Near FM 90.3.


Name: Peter Toomey

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

I think its got more simple as I have got older but I love clothes that fit well and am very particular about my boots. I look towards the style of Serge Gainsbourg, Scott Walker, Jacques Dutronc and fighter pilots from the Battle of Britain. Their clothes were just so classic and fit so well and from studying their album sleeves for years and seeing pictures of fighter pilots I have taken so much inspiration from them. I suppose my go to piece is a powder blue grandad shirt and drainpipe black jeans and my favourite brown Chelsea boots. Its kind of become my uniform. I do love silk scarves and think even small ones around the neck under a jumper can add a lot to an outfit. This time of year my go to piece is my WW2 flying jacket which I practically live in these days.

Describe your first musical awakening…

The first big one was when I was 12 or so, studying the sleeve of my dads Sergeant Pepper album and trying to understand how this album fit in with the rest of the John Denver and Charley Pride records my dad had in his collection. When I finally heard it I was hooked.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

Very tough one but albums
Scott Walker: Scott 4
Love: Forever Changes
Serge Gainsbourg: Melody Nelson
Alice Coltrane: Journey into Satchidanada

Songs:
Vacum Cleaner by Tintern Abbey
Looking out my window by Tom Jones
Set the tigers free by Villagers
Care of Cell 44 by The Zombies
Northern Sky by Nick Drake

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

Reviewing the Situation by Jacki Bond an amazing beat version with saxophone that was never released but has been reissued by Spoke records one of my favourite labels

Un Soir Chez Norris by Pierre Cavalli a storming Gainsbourg like epic psych orchestral track  that is one I’m trying to get a hold of on 45, its pricey but definitely worth it.

Good Time Coming by Mustard which is one of the best 25ps I have ever spent, incredible junk shop glam track that has such an amazing drums and guitar that gets very hypnotic

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

So many things, it’s a place that feels like an extension of my own home and the fact that there is a place where you can go and hear such a wide range of music from DJs who really care about what they play is something very special. You will always hear something new to your ears, everyone is so approachable and its such a great place to find out about whats going on and catch up with friends. So many of the DJs have been there from the start nearly eight years ago and Trevor has always championed us and allowed us to fully share the music that we are all so passionate about. It’s what makes it more than just another bar in the city. It’s small, cosy and a lot of fun, nowhere else looks like it or sounds like it.

What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

The birthday parties that we have each year for the Garage Bar are always so much fun as it’s great to get together with all the resident DJs and regulars and just have a great time. Then there is also so many unexpected nights when everyone is dancing and people want to know about the records you are playing. It’s great to try and set the mood according to the feeling of the bar on that particular evening. It has always been great going in there after big gigs as you know its where everyone is going to be. It’s just great to go in there and feel like you are in Cheers but with great music. (the Cheers theme tune is great though and I do love my theme tunes)

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

It’s a lot of 45s as that is my big passion collecting them so these days it goes from French 60s like Jacques Dutronc, lots of hammond organ grooves and late sixties funk to Shirley Bassey storming though Light my Fire, some odd Junk shop glam singles, soundtracks with great drums and a few library records.

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Surfin Bird by the Trashmen
La Horse by Serge Gainsbourg
Pinball by Brian Proetheroe
Send me a postcard  by Shocking Blue
Soul Sauce by Timebox
One Fine Day by Shel Naylor
Aint got no life by Nina Simone

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

I work as a secondary school teacher, teaching English and History, apart from that mainly running as that is my other big passion, and reading military history when I’m not looking for records or cooking while listening to Radio 4.

Can you tell us a little bit about your crate digging?

When it comes to finding records the hunt into the unknown of forgotten and neglected records is such a thrill, as much as I love record shops nothing beats trawling through flea markets and second hand shops for records. Some of my most cherished records have been found that way and I am pretty hooked on charity shops despite the amount of vinyl in charity shops going down, gems do turn up if you persevere. A couple of weeks ago I found a lovely copy of the The Kids Are Alright by The Who on Brunswick for 50c, when you find stuff like that you get such a buzz.


Name: Domino Whisker

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

I’m a tom boy at heart. I rarely leave the house without doc martens or my leather jacket.

Describe your first musical awakening…

I listened to Siouxsie & the Banshees album Kaleidoscope when I was 11 and it changed everything for me… luckily my parents friends were all into the post punk scene so it was the perfect segway for me.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

Hounds of Love by Kate Bush was another life changer for me.. Cult by The Slits Horses by Patti Smith The Snake by Shane MacGowan PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Iggy…there are too many

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

I listen to Solange Don’t Touch My Hair most mornings when I’m getting dressed.. Since Dolores O Riordan’s passing, I can’t get enough of When You’re Gone by The Cranberries..and These Days by Nico.

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

It’s soundtrack. No matter who is playing the music behind the decks it’s always the best going in Dublin. People actually dance when they are there which gives it such a distinctly vintage feel.

What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

My favorite nights in the Garage are the birthday parties and NYE nights when all the resident DJ’s are in, mixed with the regulars and great staff – its a guaranteed good night!

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

I play a lot of post punk, garage rock and 60’s anything….

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Whole Wide World by Reckless Eric

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?
I’m an artist using embroidery as my medium – so I’m mostly at home like an old lady sewing and drinking tea!


Name:
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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

I’m a firm believer that style when you’re young calls for being as loud as you can while style as you age is about subtlety. Im still caught up in that transition. If you want to put it to a label, I’d say… An uneducated greaser who got lost along on the way and ended up in the 3 for 2 section of Marks & Spencer’s. I’m still deciding if I want chips or mash for dinner. Go to items would be blue denim turn-ups and black plain tee.

Describe your first musical awakening…

My musical awakening was pretty much a literal daily ritual. Sharing a room with Ray as a kid meant having the sounds of soul as an alarm clock. The man had no regard for the amount of effort it required to sleep until 3pm! Amazing tunes from an amazing scrote itch of a man.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

Bowie

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

I’m all over the place at the moment and still have my head in the sand when it comes to new bands. I found myself last week digging through Elvis’ back catalogue. Put his hits aside and there are some serious songs from the lad. ‘Suspicion’ (not Suspicious Minds) and ‘Gonna Get Back Home Somehow’ to name a few. I’m constantly being drawn back to James Brown’s early slow movers. I just love ‘Try Me’. I also needed ‘Different Class’ and ‘His N Hers’ last month for some reason. ‘Sorted For E’s & Wizz’ is a good example why.

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

Mainly because they seem to be the last place in Dublin that still think I can DJ. This makes me feel good, so in turn I like them. I’m also proud of their trailblazing support of gender neutrality. Sporting gender neutral toilets in Dublin for 8 wonderfully neutral years. If those toilets could talk!… they’d probably have the accent of Rab C Nesbitt.

What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

So many great moments in there. The Garage has the best last tune moments. The room has this way of wrapping around everyone when that last tune plays… For me personally though, it was the night we got to crowd surf along the lads doing the rock the boat dance. For no other reason than it was the first and last time my two favourite hobbies crossed paths.

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

Bowie

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Ah this changes a lot. You always have your safety net song and your “wait til they hear this new song I just stole off the internet” song. Right now I’m getting terrible enjoyment out of playing L.A. Woman by The Doors. Great tune and at 7 minutes long, allows me to pop out and pick up some messages.

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

I’d like to refer to the ‘Hobbies and Interests’ section of my last CV for this one. Says here that I love reading, playing various sports and travel at every opportunity. Seems about right.


Name: Robert Brady

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

2nd hand and shabby. Me Biker Boots are essential.

Describe your first musical awakening…

Oasis as a teenager. Like many others the first time I heard them they changed everything for me. Start playing guitar, grew me hair and moved from Jonny Blue to Benson pretty much over night.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

H.P Lovecraft – s/t
Mike Heron – Smiling Man With a Bad Reputation
John Cale – Helen of Troy
Traffic – s/t
Compulsive Gamblers – Crystal Gazing Luck Amazing
Stooges – Fun House
Eno – Another Green World
Paul Revere and the Raiders – Revolution
Pink Fairies – Never Never Land
Cpt Beefheart – Safe As Milk
Kevin Ayers – Whatevershebringswesing
Nektar – Journey to the centre of the eye
And many more I can’t think of right now!

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

Savoy Motel – Hot Stuff
Gordon Jackson – The Journey
Fred Neil – The DolphinsWhat makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?You can pretty much play what you want and staff and punters are pretty bleedin sound. I’ve DJ’d lots of places and it’s generally not like that!What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

Most I can’t remember cause I‘m usually pissed! Maybe Mac De Marco saying he was digging my set and I didn’t know who the fuck he was. Showing my age! 😞

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

I like lots of 60s and 70s garage, psych, prog, kraut, punk, heavy rock etc. Some stuff would be pretty obscure so with that I try to find a tunes by these bands that i dig and i think will appeal to random people. Its nice when you play something weird or obscure and get people diggin it and asking what it is.

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Success by Iggy Pop

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

Play in a band called Exploding Eyes. Also play keys in a band called Melts and whoever asks me to play with them. I also book live shows under the banner Psychotic Reaction Presents.


Name: Sam Morrissey

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?
I guess I would describe my style these days as something between a Mod and Hippy. A Mippy? A Hod? I was very much rooted in the mod style for a long time, got into the psychedelic end of things a few years back and now I base my whole look around the late 60’s bohemian look. Think somewhere between Charlie Manson and Gomez Addams! Minus the moustache and cult stuff of course. Early Status Quo, late Monkees, Brian Jones and Buffalo Springfield era Neil Young are definitely style icons. Those sideburns! My go to piece would be paisley shirt or something spotty or with stripes, maybe a denim or military style jacket. Oh, and beads, the more the merrier!

Describe your first musical awakening…
It’s hard to pinpoint this one. It really all made sense to me when I was about 15 and I got very heavily into the Beatles. I grew my hair and just took in as much of it all as I could. A kid with a bowl haircut in a school in North inner-city Dublin – that’s not gonna go down well! From there it was Oasis, the Libertines, Stone Roses, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Jam etc. and it all just fell into place. I knew that was it then.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?
I hate these desert island discs type questions, I guarantee you it will change tomorrow! A few must have albums off the top of my head would definitely be; Screamadelica – who doesn’t have this in their collection? Status Quo’s first one – a pure slice of psyche-delicatessen pop, before the double denim and cocaine At Home by Shocking Blue – Hollands answer to Jefferson Airplane! Any of BJM’s albums Back In The USA – MC5 For The Whole World To See – Death. Proto afro-punk at its absolute finest. The La’s self titled Echo & The Bunnymen’s self titled Here are the Sonics.. ….this is getting too hard!

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?
Really digging a Swiss band called the Jackets. Really scuzzy guitar stuff and great outfits! Check out a track called ‘Wasting My Time’ Loving all the new War on Drugs stuff too. Really like the new album, Holding On is a highlight! And of course, Doesn’t Have To Be That Way by the mighty LG. What a belter! As you were x

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?
The best thing is DJ’ing along side some of the most musically knowledgeable people in the city! I’ve discovered bands and artists I’ve never even heard of just from listening to what the other DJ’s play. And I hope I’ve returned the favour and they’ve picked up stuff from me too! Seeing people dancing away for hours and asking, “what song is this?” and “what’s the name of this band?” is amazing because even though they don’t know it, you can see they enjoy it

What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?
Highlights would definitely be any of the after-show parties / guest DJ slots there, and usually the band turn up!

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?
It really depends on my mood on the night. Usually it’s a lot of 60’s based stuff ranging from the jangly numbers of the Byrds to the weird and wonderful one hit wonder psych bands, post punk & new wave, soul, ska & reggae, mod, indie, various Manchester & Britpop. I guess turn up next time I’m on and find out!

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?
Oooh that’s a hard one. There’s numerous Bowie tracks I could put down here, that always gets people going! Been on a Manchester buzz recently so New Order and Inspiral Carpets have been getting played a lot There’s always a few go-to tunes every DJ has in their arsenal that they know will go down well. If I had to narrow it down to one, I’d probably go with Pictures of Matchstick Men by Status Quo. That will always get played at some stage. That intro! That or Oasis’ version of Cum On Feel The Noize. Mega tune!

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

When I’m not DJ’ing I’m usually playing guitar with Gavin & Thee Icons and more recently I joined the Revellions. It’s great experiencing the passion people have for music in Dublin whether it’s from behind a set of decks or behind a guitar. I’m working on a solo project too from some old recordings I did on an 8-track recorder many years ago. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes. Who knows, maybe check back in 50 years and see if I make it on some future Nuggets album!



Name: Kike Martinez (for those who don’t know Kike is a nickname for Enrique in Spanish)

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

Love skinhead clothing, always considered it incredibly smart. You can find in my wardrobe loads of Ben Sherman, Fred Perry clothes (polo tshirts, shirts, cardigans..) and of course Harrington and Crombie jackets. Needless to say Doc Martens shoes/boots are a total must for me.

Describe your first musical awakening…

I started listening to music at a very young age and the first thing that got my attention was punk rock music. Most of those Spanish bands I used to listen at the time were heavily influenced by British bands like The Clash, The Jam, The Specials… So I started listening to all those and I was absolutely blown away by them. Once I started DJing, I was really lucky to play in different clubs with completely different styles from rock n’ roll, punk, ska, goth to funk, disco or even some electronic music at a later stage.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

Not saying these are the best albums ever but they all have a special meaning for me, in no particular order

The Clash – London Calling
Kortatu – Kortatu
The Specials – The Specials
Manu Chao – Radio Bemba Soundsystem
Pixies – Doolittle
The Cure – The Head on the door
Stone Roses – Stone Roses

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

Stranger Cole – Give it to me
Prince Buster – Don’t throw stones
The Kingstonians – Love is the greatest science

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

I just love the community and the atmosphere there as it is so different to many other bars. You always have great music served by some of the best DJs in town and you always have a great vibe in the place.

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

Loads of upbeat music that will make you dance non stop, that’s what ska is all about!

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Tommy McCook – Ska jam

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

I am a bit of a geek so typically I spend my time in my other two favourite things apart from music, literature and computers


Name: Gav Icon

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

My style is a mash up of 60’s garage rock and 70’s New York Punk. Ramones meets The Gruesomes sort of thing. So I love me black and white polka dot shirt goes great with my biker leather jacket 😉

Describe your first musical awakening…

There was always music playing the house. I got in to Guns n’ Roses in the late 80’s then when me Uncle moved back from London in ’93 he had a load of Punk records. Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash etc. I was hooked on punk. Started buying comps in town and started to find out about bands like the Stooges, Ramones and The Modern Lovers. From then on in I just read up on music and what influenced those bands and got in to Garage Rock from there.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

My desert island discs are The Sonics – We are the Sonics, The Gruesomes – Tyrants Of Teen Trash, Billy Childish Archive from 1959, The Stooges – The Stooges, The Strokes – Is This It, The Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil.

LOVE’s – My Little Red Book is one of them songs I could listen to over and over. Same goes for The Benders – You Can’t Tame Me, Ramones – I Love Her So and pretty much any Cramps song.

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

The Orwells – Southern Comfort (Great that has come along in the last few years, the album Disgraceland has a Black Lips meets the Strokes buzz off it, hope they don’t go shite)

The Buff Medways – Troubled Mind (Billy Childlish is the fuckin King!!!)
Gavin and Thee Icons – Be My Girl (Sorry for the shameless self promotion but it’s a banger if I do say so myself)What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?I just love a good dive bar me. Tunes are always good. Sound heads. What more do you need. It’s not like all the other bars in Temple Bar.What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

There has been so many (some I can’t remember 😉 ). Its just such a great place to hang out. DJing with Rhys Webb from the Horrors was pretty cool. It’s great DJing with other people finding new tunes off them. Always good to hear new music.

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

Just rock and roll perpetrated by the biggest fuck up in town 😀

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Black Lips – Drugs. What I really like to do is play the forgotten hit. I love when people come up and say “I haven’t heard this great tune in ages”

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

I work as a Graphic Designer, I collect records and I’m the frontman in Gavin and thee Icons, yes it’s all about me me me.



Name: AJ Jenkinson

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

A mixture of what we now know as ‘Mod’ and 90’s Britpop. Never veer too far away from Fred Perry polos, Levi jeans, Adidas kicks and Parka jackets. A simple yet stand out look.

Describe your first musical awakening…

My first musical awakening(s) came in the shape of the MTV world premiere for Oasis’ single ‘d’you know what I mean’ in July 97 at the tender age of 5 (believe it or not) The second and more defining awakening came in the shape of the Stone Roses with Fools Gold & Waterfall, both of which featured in soundtracks to films I watched (Green Street and the other has now slipped my mind) in my early teens. Hearing these two songs made me dig in to ‘alternative’ music and from that came the Pistols, Oasis, Beatles and discovering all major musical movements from Nu Wave through to Ska.

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

My favourite albums are without doubt Definitely Maybe, Quadrophenia, Revolver, Roses debut to name a few… My favourite songs are a list longer than Santas naughty list. My go to tunes however are Bring It On Down, Fade-In Out, I Am The Walrus, Voodoo Ray, Born Slippy (Nuxx), Blue Mnday 12” et al..

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

At the moment I’m absolutely gunning for ‘No Love Lost’ by Warsaw (Joy Division) 1978’, ‘Barbarism Begins At Home’ The Smiths (1985), ‘Ecstasy’ by New Order (1983). Manchester shines bright as we speak!

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

DJing at Garage is mega. Mixing and loudly playing an array of sounds that you’ve gathered for years to people who may or may not have heard them before is great. I don’t know anywhere else that you’ll find DJ’s dropping Rolling Stone B sides from the 70’s.

What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

Where do I even start with Le Garage. It’s homely and just resonates. It’s like marmite. Some people come in once and don’t ‘get’ it. I’m not even sure I ‘get’ it but there’s a certain magic about that place. Ask anyone who was at the Liam Gallagher after party in June. Packed to the rafters with stylish mod enthusiasts going mental for the eclectic music. It was like looking at old footage of the Hacienda.

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

I always have to spin ‘Northern Soul’ from the 70’s revival era in England. Lots of hidden gem ‘B’ sides. Start the night easy and with a groove. Manchester sounds form the mid 70’s to modern day are always the backbone of my sets. Plenty of music from the west coast of the states (BJM, Night Beats etc) along with punk, nu wave, ska, Britpop, funk. In between the staples expect some borderline house sounds from faster Primal Scream to the Happy Mondays peak sounds.

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

This is the most recent addition to the sets and I love gradually building it in from the previous track on deck. New Order Blue Monday is an absolute pleasure to drop especially on peak nights in Garage. If the crowd is rocking it always goes down a treat.

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

When I’m not in Garage dropping sounds you’ll find me powerlifting in my gym, going hiking up a hill or working a whole host of other jobs. I’m always accompanied by my trusty Spotify along the way. It’s the only way! Stay Young!


Name:
Michelle Farley

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How would you describe your style and what’s your go to piece?

A mash up of psychy 60s and mod with a bit of rock ‘n’ roll. I’m a sucker for big fur coats, big bell sleeves and big collars.
Go to piece? Me fringe.

Describe your first musical awakening…

Listening to The Beatles at home when I was growing up. Me Da would always have them blaring and I instantly fell in love. That lead to the inevitable discovery of The Kinks, Stones, Doors, Beach Boys, etc. Then in my late teens I came across the Nuggets compilations and my obsession with the 60s really began. It all started with the Beatles though!

What are some of your favourite albums & songs?

Love – Forever Changes
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk
The Stooges – Fun House / Raw Power
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – A Child’s Guide to Good and Evil
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Take It from the Man!
King Khan & the Shrines – What Is?!

The Beatles – The Best of The Beatles (not really, I just really like Alan Partridge)

The Nerves – When You Find Out – what a tune!

What three tunes are you really digging at the mo?

Ikebe Shakedown – Assasin
Iggy Pop – Don’t Look Down
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Rumors

Always have a lot of love for the Daptone family and I listen to Iggy Pop everyday.
Nick Waterhouse is my main man.

What makes Garage Bar such a cool place to DJ?

I’d been a regular in the Garage Bar for a while before I start spinning tunes there. It had always been my favourite boozer in Dublin, who doesn’t love a gritty dive bar with amazing music and sound punters? So when I was asked to play it was actually quite a compliment. Six years on, you’ll still find me behind the decks.
PLUS Iggy Pop is on the bar ❤

 

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What are some of your highlights from your time as DJ/punter at Garage Bar?

Ah there are way too many highlights to mention them all. I’ve met some of my very good pals solely through the Garage Bar. But spending nights dancing, drinking and chatting with your favourite bands can’t be beat. I’ve shared pints with Black Lips, talked shite to King Khan & BBQ Show, danced to tunes played by guest DJs Brian Jonestown Massacre, Fat White Family and The Horrors to name but a few. Genuinely nowhere else in Dublin you’d get that (also another answer for the previous question about how cool the place is)

What kinda tunes can we expect from your sets at Garage Bar?

60s garage/pop, soul, dirty rock n roll! I LOVE playing 60s girl groups, yéyé and shit cool soul & RnB tunes by ladies!

Fave track to blast out from behind the decks?

Anything by Bowie!

What do you do when you’re not spinning tunes?

I work in Rebirth of Cool and look after this here blog 😉


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Thanks for reading,

Michelle @ ROC x

 

Photos by Michelle Farley and Ste Murray (www.ste.ie)