Dublin is home to a number of low key DJs who are steadily becoming more popular. Having played in top venues such as The Twisted Pepper and District 8, Long Island Sound are definitely one to watch. Hailing from the capital, Timmy Nolan, aged 22, and Rob Roche, aged 21, are quickly becoming Dublin’s up and coming DJ duo. I caught up with them to find out a little bit more about their love of music:
Firstly, how did you come up with the name, ‘Long Island Sound’?
Tim: “Basically, we were in the middle of trying to find a suitable name and at the same time, I was reading The Great Gatsby. Gatsby lives in a place called Long Island Sound and we thought that sounded really cool so we went with that.”
How long have you been DJing together for?
Tim: “We’ve been DJing together for about a year and a half now. We started making some music together in the summer of 2014 and have been playing at parties together since then. Separately, I have been DJing for about 5 years and Rob has been DJing for 4.”
What has been your favourite gig so far?
Tim: “My favourite party was one of our recent gigs at District 8 with Soundstream, Fintan Lawlor and Jeremy Underground. It was an honour to be on the same lineup as those guys. Soundstream is one of my favourite producers and Jeremy is an unreal DJ. Both of them turned out to be very nice people too. We also got the chance to use Jeremy’s rotary mixer which was sick!”
Rob: “Yeah I have to agree with Tim, District 8 a few weeks back was one to remember. Getting to play before Soundstream and Jeremy Underground was unreal, and Jeremy’s rotary mixer is really something else”.
Do you consider DJing a job or a hobby?
Tim: “Definitely a hobby. Pretty much any money I make from playing at parties is spent on records or other musical equipment.”
Rob: “A hobby definitely, the money is a bonus though.”
What’s been the highlight of your time DJing?
Tim: “It’s actually very hard to choose one highlight. Definitely playing the main room at District 8 last year was a great buzz. Also, pretty much any time we’ve got to play in the Twisted Pepper basement was good fun.”
Rob: “It’s very hard to pick one thing, but as Tim said getting to play in the Twisted Pepper was always really good craic.”
Where do you see yourselves in five years?
Tim: “I have no idea. Definitely still making music and DJing, who knows where though.”
Rob: “I really don’t know, but I definitely don’t plan to stop producing or DJing.”
What advice do you have for any aspiring DJs out there?
Tim: “I don’t consider myself to be an expert, but one thing I would recommend is to do whatever you want. As long as you enjoy listening to the music that you are playing then that’s all that matters. Support your local DJs too – it’s unreal how many good DJs that are from Dublin alone and they deserve support.”
Rob: “Definitely to not just play the same DJ sets as everyone else, and to play music that you really like instead of playing something for the sake of it.”
When and where’s your next gig?
Rob: “Our next gig is on December 5th in a very cool and retro location; the Leisureplex in Bray. We’re releasing a track on Editorial Records in December and also have a record coming out with Roots For Bloom Colour Records, which features two tracks by Jamie Trench and two by us – the vinyl should be out early next year.”
If you want to find out more information about the lads or listen to some of Long Island Sound’s beats, then head over to some of their social media accounts which are linked below.