Limerick performer to light up live semi final of Ireland’s Got Talent

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Limerick performer to light up live semi final of Ireland’s Got Talent

MC Notn: This whole week I’ve been like a princess, trying to mind my voice, no screaming and shouting

A Belgian performer, who has lived in Limerick for 20 years, is full of “nervous excitement” this week ahead of a TV appearance on one of Ireland’s most popular shows.

Local rapper MC Notn is looking forward to sharing his unique abilities with the judges on Ireland’s Got Talent this Saturday on Virgin Media One.

 Three years on since he invested in his first loop pedal (a playback recording device), the rapper can’t wait to bring his act to such a big stage, but for now it’s just “practice practice practice” with auditions up in Dublin a couple of times this week.

“This whole week I’ve been like a princess, trying to mind my voice, no screaming and shouting” he told The Leader.

His unique act involves making a variety of sounds with his voice, while recording it and replaying it in harmony, all recorded live.

 This takes hours of practice, and not damaging his voice can be tricky, “I don’t want to over do the voice,” he said, adding that you just have to try to “adapt” as rehearsals get more strenuous.

The talented musician is a student of Limerick Art College and is also very passionate about drawing.  He praised the work of the art college in making him “think differently.” It was also the college that inspired him to come up with his stage name.

“I studied a subject literally called the ‘art of nothing’, which is where the name was born,”  he explained.

“The art students bring something different to Limerick and I really think we are going to see a lot of change around, I love seeing fashion students around!” the 39-year-old said.

Ever since he arrived in Limerick, he’s always followed his passion for music.  He’s always carried a guitar around, starting with Open Mic Night in the High Stool Bar, where he met a great community of creative people.

He outlined the importance of local backing for artists like himself, saying “The response since the audition has been fantastic, I love seeing local people get on board.”

He asked local people to continue their support by voting for him and while “it would mean everything” to make the final, no matter what happens Saturday, it’s “only the beginning” of his journey, with live shows, an EP and eventually an album in his future plans.

He played down his nerves ahead of the live show, saying “the hard work is done, it’s just time to play the game”.

Mc Notn appears on Virgin Media One at 7.30pm Saturday.