The OB Blog have been proactively supporting and documenting Ireland’s thriving music scene a few years now. So, we at BIMM Dublin felt it was high-time they were given a long overdue shout-out for our Local Heroes series.
What is the OB Blog?
The OB originally started as a platform for exclusive music session videos, The OB Sessions, but has grown into a music blog that tries to shed light on up-and-coming musicians, particularly within Ireland. Recently The OB has also moved into live gigs which were set up to raise money for charities and causes in Ireland. The next big project for The OB is a music documentary focusing on the Irish music scene called Making Waves which will be out around the end of the year.
How long has it been running?
The OB has been running for nearly 3 years now. It was set up as a side project by Ciaran O’Brien, who still runs the blog in his spare time while working a 9-5 job.
What is the aim of the OB Blog?
The OB was set up to try and shed some much needed light onto the ever growing Irish music scene that has blossomed over the last few years.
The OB has also expanded into a series of live gigs, The OB Live, that set out to raise money for charities and causes in Ireland. These gigs are a passion project for Ciaran, Jackie Hennessey and Laura McCabe who are obsessed with the Irish music scene and its vast array of talented musicians. It is a way to utilise the great quality of music in the country and make something good, whether it be raising money for the homeless or raising funds for the Repeal movement in Ireland.
How would you describe the Irish music scene right now?
The Irish music scene in probably the strongest it has ever been right now! The talent that is out there is unbelievable! Gone are the days of the singer-songwriter only Ireland! There is so much diversity and unique sounds within the Irish music scene at the minute and the scary thing is that it is only just starting to become a force to be reckoned with on the international scene.
What advice would you give to young musicians and filmmakers?
The one piece of advice that has always stuck with me is to always work hard and put your best into every project no matter how big or small it is.
I worked years as an unpaid intern before finding my feet in the filmmaking world and I feel that the work and time put in has paid off. This is very much the same in the music world. No matter how big or small the job or gig is, always try your best and showcase yourself to the best that you can be. You never know who might be in that crowd, or collection of 2 or 3 people, so treat every gig like it is the most important you will ever play!