IN CONVERSATION WITH DUBLIN’S BRASS PHANTOMS

When BIMM Dublin’s Brass Phantoms announced the release of their debut EP, ‘City of Wolves’, we doubt even they expected the outpouring of praise and admiration they’ve received from Ireland’s most revered taste-makers. For those who have watched them grow and flourish, however, it was only a matter of time before the four-piece caught the eyes and ears of the music press.

‘No disrespect to other Dublin bands, but this track stood out head and shoulders above the rest,’ remarked Radio Nova’s Gavin Glass on the EP title track ‘City of Wolves’.

‘It’s a tune-laden collection of songs, full of charm and swagger,’ wrote Hot Press in a recent review.

Outside of Ireland, Brass Phantoms have also enjoyed more than a handful of mentions and applause from some of the UK’s biggest radio stations and publications; BBC Radio 6 Music have featured the EP’s title track on the airwaves, and The Metro recently named the band their Artist Of The Day.

It’s the sort of exposure any new band would dream of, but members Ryan Cashell, James Geraghty, Greg Whelan and Adam McCabe aren’t yet resting on their laurels. Instead, the group are looking forward to their massive November gig, supporting The Slow Readers Club at Whelan’s, and December’s slot on Dingle’s Other Voices Music Trail.

So, where did it all begin for one of Dublin’s hottest new bands? We recently sat down with guitarist James, who has just completed his fourth year at BIMM, to find out more about his influences and what life at BIMM.

“It really just seemed like the logical choice,” he told BIMM, reflecting on his decision to study here, “I knew I wanted to do something with music, and that just seemed like the place I needed to be to learn as much as possible. Both about my instrument, and the industry.”

James also spoke about the support new bands and artists receive, both during their time at BIMM and long after leaving, thanks to our extensive alumni network. “The best thing about BIMM is the people you meet. Whether it’s been the staff or the students, everyone has been and continues to be so helpful.”

While on the subject, we also took the opportunity to ask James – who formed Brass Phantoms while studying with us – what his advice would be for new and prospective students planning to study with us this coming September or in the future.

He told BIMM: “You’re going to be put in a building with a couple of hundred like minded people with the same aspirations and goals as you. I’d say do your best to learn from each other, never say no to an opportunity, and enjoy it.”

Want to make your mark on the music industry? The sky’s the limit when it comes to a degree or diploma course at BIMM with music industry professionals, experienced tutors, regular lectures from big-name artists and legends, and like-minded individuals who share similar passions.

Brass Phantoms’ debut, City of Wolves EP is out now on Slick Mantis Records, listen to their spectacular title track here…

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