BIMM Dublin student, Niall Cash is quickly making a name for himself on Dublin’s exciting music scene. The singer-songwriter has spent the last two years playing at some of the city’s hotspots, including a November headline show at famed Dublin haunt, Whelan’s.
His immense talent and impressive live performances haven’t gone unnoticed either, with his debut EP ‘Frames Have Cracked’ topping the iTunes Irish singer-songwriter chart. The Wexford-born troubadour has also featured in hit Irish music and politics mag, Hot Press, on their list of artists to watch.
In an interview with the magazine, Niall opened up about his musical influences, which include Ben Howard, Joni Mitchell and BIMM Brighton alumni, James Bay:
“I started off mainly listening to Ben Howard – he was the main songwriting inspiration for guitar, cause he does a lot with open tunings. That brought me to a whole different level of songwriting. I wanted to keep that kind of vibe but be commercial at the same time, so I started listening to James Bay. But listening to Ben Howard, that brought me on to Joni Mitchell and all kinds of other stuff. Those three would be the main ones for me.”
The rising star, who has previously supported fellow Irish luminaries Walking on Cars and The Original Rudeboys, has just put a band together and is currently developing his sound. He praised BIMM for the impact it had on his music career so far:
“If I didn’t go to BIMM I wouldn’t know half the stuff that I do know. Not just the music theory or songwriting, but the actual business side. I’ve had so much invaluable experience from being out gigging and meeting people in the industry, and knowing the right way to go about it is definitely something I’ve learned at BIMM.”
Niall has enjoyed plenty of success in recent times, including a nomination for Best Male Solo Act from Pure M magazine. But despite his new found fame, Niall admits he’s staying focused.
“That just goes to show that the more you get out there and play, good things will come of it. And that’s what I’m trying to do now, get my music out there. So hopefully it works.”
We’ve no doubt it will!
Niall’s debut EP Frames Have Cracked is available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.