I’m Nialler9 and I write about new music on my website and for the Irish Times. I still enjoy it because music is the answer. I’m also a DJ and occasional curator and promoter of gigs. I also work in music sync and supervision.
How long has Nialler9 been running?
I started the website in 2005 so that’s a long time. It’ll be 12 years in November.
Has it always been a passion of yours?
Music has always been a passion and that passion has not diminished, if anything it’s increased.
How is Dublin for music journalism?
There’s not much of the old-style of journalism in music in Dublin anymore. I never started as an old-school journalist so that was never my bag. There’s definitely scope for more in-depth features and interviews (but leave out the Q&As), as long as the subject is interesting. I think of myself mainly as a curator or recommender, though I do interview people who work behind the scenes in music for the Irish Times’ How Music Works column.
What is the aim of Nialler9?
To share great new music with my audience and beyond.
What advice would you give to students who want to do what you have done?
Like everything in music, nothing happens quickly, it takes a lot of hard work to build a reputation and a name. You have to put the work in as you’re only as good as your last post. You also have to value your own credibility and say no to things you really don’t like. Stick to your guns, that applies to everyone, in everything.