by Danielle Holian

How and when did you get into music?

Well, I’ve always sung to myself from a young age, be it in the car, the shower, my own room or just out and about the countryside. When I reached primary school there were school choirs where I did have my fair few mess ups which kinda kept me quiet for a while but then once I reached secondary school I began to sing to myself again. Some friends would tell me that I was a good singer but I would usually disregard their comments but one friend in particular by the name of Eli really helped me sing out for people more and then I started to sing more and fell so in love with music. So in the last 3 years I sang out to friends on stage in school musicals and in the last year I picked up a guitar and since then I never really put it down. My mother’s headaches are proof enough. Ha.

Who or what are your influences?

Well, I have quite a few influences, most of them are friends who are just incredibly talented and it’s ridiculous how much talent they actually have. But probably the most influential people to me that really, I don’t know inspire me to be different with my music and just kind of own the song and make it yours would have to Ed Sheeran and oddly enough Michael Bublé. The way that Ed Sheeran can rap with a guitar has given me a crazy amount of musical vibes in the way I write my music and the way I love to rap and freestyle on a guitar. Michael Bublé has such control over a song as if the music waits for his voice to make the first move is just amazing.

When you cover songs, you like to put your own twist on it. Why is this?

Well, someone who makes music is a musician, yes, but more commonly known as an artist. When artist paints, draws or composes a piece or art or music it is never really the same as any other as it is done by someone else. So if I want to be an artist someday my music needs to be different to everyone else’s. So until I have enough original music that’s completely different I want my covers to be mine. So that’s why I twist them.

How has Ireland affected your music?

Irish people are known for having fun and being super sociable but most of all most Irish people are just straight up nice or “sound,” and when you try to publicize your music living in Ireland helps as I haven’t received one negative comment yet. Everyone has just been super helpful or complementary and it’s just insane how nice everyone has been and is. So living in Ireland has helped massively yes there is quite a small population and not a lot of labels to try give music too, not that I’ve tried yet but I feel if I’m to pursue music more I would have to go elsewhere.

When writing your own music, what makes it interesting for you?

What isn’t there to be interested in! You’re making your music and the things that you can create is insane. I write new melodies probably every second night out of a pure fluke, but when I get the idea for lyrics to match a melody my mind and heart flips and I won’t stop until that song is finished. An odd habit of mine is that I only write music after 2am, for some reason, I seem to have a major writer’s block during the day and then suddenly after 2 everything starts flowing.

Where can someone view your music?

Well, the main place to find my music is on Facebook under CormacLeeMusic, I try to post maybe twice or once a week. I do have a YouTube by the username of ImCormacLee but I wasn’t really getting anywhere on YouTube hence why I migrated to Facebook. My other social medias are Instagram (@imcormaclee) and Snapchat (cml000). I post on both of those when there is a new upload or just something odd happening.

How has your music evolved since you began?

Well, I’ve only been playing guitar a year and before that ukulele. But since I picked up a guitar and put in a good bit of time I’ve kind of just fallen in love with it. I tried to write music when I started and I really was disappointed with what I wrote in lyrics and on guitar but as the year progressed I feel like I’m getting a grasp on my own style. Still haven’t figured it all out but I’ll see as time goes on. My music itself started out as me posting covers and mash-ups of songs on my guitar but then I started writing my own stuff and now I post cover and originals on Facebook. When I acquainted myself with Stevo Timothy or “Farmer Michael”, is when I really knew I wanted to do more with music online. The feedback from our video together was insane! People were so kind and lovely and had such nice things to say, and quite a few asked me to post more regularly so now that’s what I try to do.

What are your plans for the future?

Well, at the moment I’m in the middle of trying to get a band together for gigs around Ireland and more specifically Galway. It’s been recommended that I make an album and maybe sell it to quite a few people so considering doing that soon. Other wise I’m just trying to collaborate with other online entities through music. I’ve two videos in the making at the moment with people from Australia and-and another from England, so looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

Any last words?

I kind of just want to thank you for giving me the chance to interviewed when I got the initial to be asked for this I thought this had to be a prank or the wrong person but I find it so cool to do this. So thank you so much. And to anyone reading, I busk in Galway regularly enough if you see me call over and have a chat.

Check out “Summer Is For The Kings” here.