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Q&A: Derry musician Ryan Vail talks returning home for Celtronic

Ryan Vail is one of many names included in the line-up for this year's Celtronic festival in Londonderry.

Ireland’s leading electronic music festival is celebrating its eighteenth anniversary this summer with five days and nights of music events, film screenings, workshops, seminars, and recording projects.

The events will take place  across the city from Wednesday, June 27 - Sunday, July 1.

Ahead of the festival we grabbed a quick Q&A with Ryan as he tells us about his love for Derry and why Celtronic means so much to him.

1. What are you most looking forward to about Celtronic?

Rival consoles for me is the one to catch this year. A producer from one of the best labels in the UK right now Erased Tapes.

2. Have you ever performed in Derry/Londonderry before and what do you know about the music scene there?

I have, it’s my home town. It’s always a great place to play.  I tend to do something special every time I play here. The scene is extremely diverse, and very healthy. I meet bands from Derry on my travels all the time now. Which is a great sign.

3. Are you excited to be part of the Celtronic line-up this year?

Celtronic discovered me and helped develop me as an artist. Every time I’m asked to play it , I feel honoured. So I’m very excited to be apart of it.

4. What is the best thing about what you do?

Apart from the music from my new album Distorted Shadows I’d say the light/laser shows. They’ve been attracting a lot of attention.

5. What was the best gig you have ever been to?

Clark playing St Columb's Hall for Celtronic.

6. Which of your own gigs have been the most memorable and why?

Probably the run of sold out shows in the MAC in Belfast. The lights looked great and the sound was amazing.

7. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Probably Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.

8. Who would you not mind getting stuck in a lift with for ten hours?

I’d prefer to be stuck by myself!

9. Who would you definitely mind getting stuck in a lift with for 10 hours?


10. What is your karaoke song of choice?

I don’t have one.

11. What words of wisdom would you bestow on the next generation?

Don’t try to replicate other artists music. Find your own sound. Innovate and collaborate, it’ll be a very rewarding journey.

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