Limerick electronic musician vies for place at Electric Picnic

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh


Limerick electronic musician vies for place at Electric Picnic

LOCAL experimental elect-ronic musician, Proper Micro NV is vying for a top place in a competition that will see 10 emerging Irish musicians perform at this year’s Electric Picnic.

Rory Hall, 21, is in the top 30 of the RTÉ 2fm/Oxfam Play the Picnic competition, which invites the public to vote for who they want to see at the festival.

Rory, who lives in the city, is inspired by the downtempo, post-dubstep and minimal electronic works of James Blake, Mount Kimbie and Róisín Murphy, and has recently released his first EP, entitled EP1.

“When it comes to my music — it's electronic. It seems to vary. I try to touch on every aspect, every sub-genre of electronic music. One week I might go through a really chill, abstract ambient phase; another week I might make something totally dancefloor-driven. But at the moment it’s mainly chill. I like to keep things quite experimental and different.”

Rory, who expects to release a new EP in the next few months, has received positive reviews for his latest single, Revive — a lush composition that effectively blends chill vocal samples and minimal beats and pads.

Mr Hall said that, after attending Electric Picnic last year, he is hoping to be part of the festival schedule.

“It would be the absolute definition of a dream for me, it really would. Limerick's music scene is an emerging force at the moment and it would be great to boost the city and county's representation at the festival.”

Text 'PICNIC28' to 50300 to vote for Limerick's Proper Micro NV. Line's close this Friday, at 12 noon. All proceeds go to Oxfam.