Ryan O’Shaughnessy is a talented BIMM Dublin alumnus who has put his performing talents to excellent use, helping to produce a fundraising single for the mental health charity, Dorset Mind.
The final song is named ‘Beating Heart’ and it’s a track that manages to be both touching and uplifting, making it ideally suited to the too-often taboo topic of mental health. The single – written by Ryan Butterworth – includes Ryan O’Shaughnessy on vocals, together with musicians Jack Grace, Jamie Craig and Joe Smith.
Ryan spoke to us about the charity project and his musical background and experiences since leaving BIMM Dublin in 2012.
How did ‘Beating Heart’ come about?
“For the single, Ryan Butterworth approached and asked if I would like to get involved in a cool project he was working on that was for a really good cause, and I thought, why not? They sent me an original track and I recorded my own vocals at my studio in North County Dublin.”
How has BIMM helped with your music career?
“I began studying songwriting at BIMM Dublin in September 2011 and was signed to Sony RCA in 2012. Most of the lecturers have had success in the music business so learning from their mistakes has helped me to avoid my own! They shared many tricks of the trade with us, as well as useful contacts which I still use today. Playing with different musicians helped me to assess the type of players I would like to have in my band.”
What other music projects have you been working on?
“I released three singles last year on my newly established label, ‘Bayview Records’, which are continually gaining momentum. I’ve been working with some Grammy-award winning songwriters in California and Toronto in the last year, as well as playing shows on that side of the world. I’m releasing my first full-length record this year, and I plan to put Bayview Records on the independent label map. I’ve already signed my first artist, a 17-year-old Dublin-based singer who we’ll be launching later this year.”
We’re keeping our ears tuned for new material from Ryan himself, and his exciting indie label discoveries. In the meantime, be sure to support the fantastic ‘Beating Heart’ single, which you can buy right here.