ROC chats to Andy Leathem of Wasabi

Wasabi is a new monthly night in Dublin’s Underground Venue on Dame Street. Andy plays lots of soul and filthy funk and if you’ve been lucky enough to get one of the Wasabi CDs from Rebirth of Cool you’ll certainly wanna shake your arse off at the next night. The next Wasabi takes place tomorrow so have a read and see what we can expect…



Andy Leathem

What’s currently on your turntable?

My turntable is pretty busy at the moment prepping for December’s Wasabi, but a current fave of mine is Meri Aakhon Mein by Sapan Jagmohan and has been for quite a while.

What are some of your favourite spots in Dublin for tunes?

Favourite spots in Dublin for tunes would have to be The Thomas House, The Garage, Drop Dead Twice Tapp Room and of course The Underground Venue at Peadar Kearneys. I always like to hear stuff I’ve never heard before and these places tick that box.

Tell us a bit about Wasabi and what can we expect on Dec 1st?

Wasabi is basically an all vinyl Soul and Funk night with a bit of Latin, 60s Beats, Hammond Groove, Exotica and Porno Beats thrown in for good measure. As Northern Soul is well catered for on the Dublin Soul scene I don’t play much at Wasabi, just enough for my own wee fix! As well as what it sounds like, the night has to look a certain way so I put up wall hangings and play Cult and Blaxploitation movies to create that unique Wasabi vibe. Movies range from Rollerball, Easy Rider and Barbarella, to Superfly, Cleopatra Jones, Blacula and Dolemite. Like all Wasabi nights, on December 1st you can expect to dance a lot. All the tunes are honest, upfront, in your face, irresistible Soul Funk gems. If you don’t feel like moving to them, I seriously suggest you check your

What records will you defo be packing?

In addition to the above mentioned Meri Aakhon Mein I’ll be packing far too many records as usual.
Defo in the bag will be The Devil Made Me Do It by Gene Anderson, Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys by The Equals, Somebody Stole My Thunder by Georgie Fame, Le Responsible by Jacques Dutronc, Funky Mule by Ike Turner, The Yamasuki Album (Japanese opera by a Belgian dude I think), Gimme Shelter by Merry Clayton, Buzz Saw by The Steps, Shake by Shadows Of Knight, Macumba by Titanic, Oh That’s Nice by Pete Rodriguez, The Word by Ray Barretto, John Coltrane and Lady Day by Gil Scott-Heron, Big Chief by Professor Longhair, Apache by Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band, Harvest For The World by The Isley Brothers, Silly Savage by The Golden Toadstools, It’s Just Begun by The Jimmy Castor Bunch, What’s Wrong by Lynn Varnado, You Gotta Move A Little Closer by The
Soul Brothers Six and Streets of Calcutta by Anandar Shankar. Whether I’ll get around to playing all of them is a different matter as things tend to get a bit hectic with me and Mr Smirnoff behind the decks.

How long have you been DJing?

I’ve been forcing my musical taste on unsuspecting civilians for more years than I care to recall. My first gig was at my Scooter Club’s (We Can’t Decide On a Name SC) do in about 1992. It wasn’t until the late 90s that I began DJing for real at a proper Belfast Club, the famous/infamous Vico’s where I held an every weekend residency for 4 years. After here I set up my own weekly all vinyl Soul and Funk night, Knee Deep. Many many cracking nights in the club and many fun filled nights running around Belfast bill posting for the night avoiding the Police and the Council. Knee Deep was basically what Wasabi is. During a hiatus the name was contaminated when a commercial student night used
it for a chart and commercial dance night and so KD was reborn as Wasabi. I currently am a resident DJ in the Back Bar of Laverys Belfast and commute the 170 miles from Tinahely 3 weekends a month on my motorbike.

Here’s a lovely Spotify playlist from Andy to get you ready for the weekend:


Saturday December 1st
Underground Venue, Dame Street, Dublin 2 (under Peadar Kearney’s)
€5 admission

ROC chats to D8 Soul Club

Barney from D8 Soul Club took some time to tell us about the club that so very quickly became on of Ireland’s most loved soul events. Taking place monthly in the quirky Dublin Conservative Club with it’s many guest DJs and loyal attendees, it’s definitely worth the visit. Read on to find out more…

When did you start D8 Soul Club?

Four friends were at a party one night and drunkenly thought it would be a good idea to start a local soul club. Little did we realise where we would end up. We had our first night on June 1st 2016 upstairs at MVP and despite the usual fear of no one turning up 75 people came along. Many of those hardy souls who braved our first night are now an integral part of the D8 family and come to every night.

Dublin Conservative Club

Following a chance encounter with an obscure post on an out-of-date web page we discovered Dublin Conservative Club and that has become our new home. Situated on Camden Row, Dublin Conservative Club is a wonderfully atmospheric old basement nightclub that wouldn’t look out of place in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets.


We have a great mix of people who come along, ranging from faces who have been on the Dublin soul scene for years to people new to the music. Everyone is really friendly and there is a lovely sense of community. It is the people that come along that make the nights so special and we feel really lucky to have made so many new friends in the last two years. We have a very active Facebook group where people regularly post tunes, podcasts and upcoming events. You can also find us on Twitter @D8SoulClub.


Soul is such a beautifully big word that we aim to be as broad as possible music-wise. As along as it is original vinyl, we encourage anyone who plays for us to play what they feel like playing. We have been really lucky to have some of the finest DJs around play for us and records recently heard at D8 would include:

The Hamilton Movement, She’s Gone (Look Out Records, 1976)

The Harlem Gospel Travelers, He’s On Time (Colemine, 2018)

Winfield Parker, I Wanna Be With You (P & L Records, 1979)

Rance Allen Group, I Know a Man Who (Gospel Truth, 1973)

David Ruffin, Rode By The Place (Where We Used To Stay) (Motown, 1977)

Martha Bass, Since I’ve Been Born Again (Checker, 1968)

Curtis Harding, Keep on Shining (Burger Records, 2014)

Future Events

We have some exciting events coming up in the next few months.

On April 27th Lisa Wolverson and Carrie Ann Moran are playing.


The Facebook event link is here

On May 25th Dave Barry of Shuffle fame is coming up from Galway for the night.

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On June 29th we are really excited to be hosting the Dublin leg of DJ Greg Belson’s European tour. Known for his Divine Disco compilation and 45 Live shows, amongst many other things, Greg is one of the world’s leading crate-diggers and we are really looking forward to him playing at D8.



ROC chats to Ronan Supertonic

Ronan has been a friend of mine and Rebirth of Cool for some years now. I’ve always been a fan of his style and the first time I saw Supertonic Sound Club play live I was blown away. They have just released their latest single “Please Don’t Ask” and will be having a launch party this Thursday 12th April at East Side Tavern & performing on the Late Late Show on RTÉ on Friday

Ronan Supertonic

Describe your style…

Rooted somewhere in the 60s and early 70s. Usually to be spotted in a button down shirt and trousers in a stapress cut, set off by a well polished pair of Norweigans or brogues with a good big clumpy toe.


What’s currently on your turntable?

Ken Boothe is sitting on my turntable right now although these days the time I get to listen to music most is when I’m driving. The likes of Booker T, The Specials, Fried, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Prince Buster and Etta James have been getting spins on my car stereo over the past week.

If you had to go on the run and could only take 3 records with you, which ones would you grab?

With no time to waste, I’ll go down the nostalgic, chronological route and grab the first LP, 12 inch and 7 inch records I ever bought which would be Madness ‘Absolutely’, The Boomtown Rats ‘Lookin’ After No. 1′ and The Stranglers ‘No More Heroes’. I can remember that my ‘Looking After No. 1’ 12 inch cost me 98p in the Dandeloin Market and that ‘No More Heroes’ was 60p in ‘The Sound of Music’ record shop. And yet, I struggle to remember what I watched on television last night…

I’ve been lucky enough to see Supertonic Sound Club play. For those who’ve not had the pleasure, can you tell us a little bit about the band

We started 8 years ago and the idea of being a ‘sound club’ was to work with various vocalists and musicians. That worked quite well initially. For example, when we recorded the radio session for the BBC, we had a 12 piece line up which included 4 vocalists and that was just fantastic. However, having a conveyor belt of vocalists and musicians coming and going didn’t quite lend itself to doing regular gigs so gradually we developed into more of a studio band, releasing singles about once a year. Last year we decided it was time to get the band back on track with a stable, gigging line up and a permanent singer and so Supertonic Sound Club was somewhat reborn, with Kristina Glasnovic at the helm.


What’s your latest single and where can people pick up a copy?

The new single is ‘Please Don’t Ask’ which has been picking up airplay on RTÉ, BBC and beyond so hopefully a few people out there have heard it. It’s available now for download and we’ll have the 5 track CD single on sale at gigs. It will also be released on vinyl soon which you’ll be able to pick up in record shops here and online. If people would like to quickly hear it, there’s a video for it on youtube featuring a very talented Dublin comedy improv group!


What are some of the band’s influences and was there any tunes/album on heavy rotation when you were writing and recording?

We play a mix of soul, funk and reggae so influences are far and wide. A song we’ve written recently hints of The Gaylads and the rocksteady era of the late 60s whereas another new tune we have veers towards the funkier end of northern soul. Personally when writing horn lines, the first Dexys Midnight Runners album seems to be always in the back of my mind. Sixties soundtracks would be another influence so we’ve tried to capture the mood of 60s European cinema on the record sleeves too.

So what’s in the pipeline for you guys?

We’ve our single launch this Thursday at the East Side Tavern and on Friday, we’re due to appear on The Late Late Show. We’re then off to Cologne the following weekend to play two nights at The Freedom Sounds Festival. We’ve a batch of new songs to record so we’ll try hit the studio around June-time with the hope of finding some label interested in releasing our long overdue album by the end of the year.

Event details:

Available for download and on all digital platforms (Spotify, etc.)

Get listening!

Really lookin’ forward to this one! See you guys there!

Michelle @ ROC x


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

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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…


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


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


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

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

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


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!

Robert Gilligan



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?


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?


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


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


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)


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



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


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!

Michelle Farley


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 ❤



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 😉

Check out Garage Bar on Facebook and Twitter and stay updated with the DJ line-ups for the week, guest DJs/aftershows and other bits of news.

Lots of the photos and fave style pieces above you can get at Rebirth of Cool, get in touch if you’ve seen/read anything you like.

Thanks for reading,

Michelle @ ROC x


Photos by Michelle Farley and Ste Murray (

ROC chats to Darren McDonnell

In the first of our series of interviews, we asked Darren McDonnell to answer a few questions about style and music. You may know Darren as founder and resident DJ of Pow City Soul Club in Dublin but read on to get to know him a little better…


Darren McDonnell

Describe your style?

A melting pot of mod, skinhead and 80’s casual

What’s your go-to piece in your wardrobe?

‘Big E’ Selvedge Levis, Mikell Rude button down shirt.


How did you get into soul music?

As a child I spent Sundays in my Granny’s house, hearing Motown on the radio – not knowing what it was, but enjoying it’s infectious rhythm and catchy lyrics. When I began buying my own music, it was a natural progression to seek out those sounds. It wasn’t until moving to Brighton at 18 that I got into the Mod Scene and I remember going to 60’s mod nights where they would play R&B, Garage and Northern Soul. I’d never heard of the phrase ‘Northern Soul’ before so once I began scratching the surface I became hooked. I moved back to Dublin at 21 and found the Soul Scene here was alive and well – the rest is history.

How often do you play abroad & what are your favorite clubs and why?

I usually DJ abroad a few times a year but when I’m not DJing I still try to travel to various clubs in the UK as much as possible. My favourite club night would have to be Different Strokes in Manchester and my favourite all-nighter would be Burnley. Each one carries it’s own unique sound and always remains fresh.

Photo: Geraldine Fahey


When did you start Pow City?

Pow City was started in February 2014 by myself and Paul Grant, and is on the second Saturday of every month in the basement of The Thomas House. When starting out, we wanted to create a soul club which emphasised a party atmosphere while playing a mix of rare and classic soul records geared towards the dance floor. Every month we have 4 guest DJs from Ireland or abroad who bring their own style to the night – which means you’re always hearing new tunes being played out. We’ve always said our club is ‘inclusive rather than exclusive’ and want it to be as enjoyable for the seasoned soulies as it is for any newcomers on the scene. Getting that mix of quality tunes and quality people together is what makes Pow City.


Photo: Geraldine Fahey

Tell us a bit about the Galway Bay Soul Weekender?

The Weekender came about like most good ideas do – talking shite with friends. Myself, Paul Mulholland and Paul Grant had been talking about all the good (and some bad) memories of weekenders we’d attended over the years and how we’ve all flirted with the idea of doing something in Galway. Paul Mulholland, being from Galway, came up with the idea of a boat cruise and the light bulb went off for all of us. Myself and Paul Grant had been on a soul cruise at the Hamburg Soul Weekender before and that experience stuck with us. The atmosphere of being on board a boat, with records spinning and the scenery out the window floating by, is unlike any club night or all-nighter so couple that with the picturesque surroundings of Galway and it’s beginning to sound like a plan! Out of the initial thought of a boat cruise with an after party, grew the Weekender. Things kick off on September 1st in the basement of The Cellar Bar, which is a great introduction to the weekend, and we’ll be playing some gritty soul grooves in there all night long. A Saturday afternoon session in The Blue Note the next day will be a great hang out, somewhere for everyone to catch up, and will include record sales. The soul cruise takes place along Lough Corrib that evening, and then the main event happens on Saturday night in The Seven Bridges’ Loft Venue. Plus, to wind down, we’ve organised a Soul Food BBQ on the Sunday in The Blue Note with DJs spinning tunes from 1pm – a great way to wrap up the weekend. We’ve been amazed at the feedback and support we’ve had from everyone since announcing the event in January, with DJs coming from London, Wales, Canada and all over Ireland to play at the Weekender. The tickets for the boat cruise sold out in the first 4 hours, but there’s still plenty of people making the journey for the rest of the events – we’re hoping this will be the first of many! Tickets are on sale at and the events in The Blue Note are free.


Thanks to Darren for taking some time out and having a chat with us. If you’re in Dublin this weekend, check out Pow City at The Thomas House, Thomas St, Dublin 8, on Saturday 12th August.