Posted On 05 Apr 2017
They were formed in 2016 by Tom Daly and Dave Nulty.
The indie duo is armed with powerful vocals accompanied by minimalist textures and driving guitars; their sound ranges from shimmering soundscapes to anthemic rock
“Back To Where I Begun” is their debut single out now and it was produced by Philip Magee (Kodaline, The Script, Miles Kane).
The music of Motions is recommended to the fans of Foals, London Grammar and Royal Blood.
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Learn more about Motions in the following All Access interview:
What are some words you would use to describe 2016 for you and your music?
2016 was a great year for us. We had been working on a number of tracks in the lead up so it was great to put out some music, start playing some shows and let people hear what we had been working on.
What were some of the highlights?
We played some great local gigs that we really enjoyed and we put out our first single. It was a year of firsts for us so getting things off the ground was big for us last year. Working with our producer Phil on new tracks and Crooked Gentlemen on our first music video was a lot of fun.
What are you most excited about for 2017?
We released a new edit of ‘Back To Where I Begun’ on 3/15/17 and we have some new songs ready to follow with that we’re really looking forward to.
Growing up, did you both always want to be musicians?
Yeah, I think we have both always been obsessed with music since we were young but it never seemed realistic to be a musician until we started writing together as Motions. Both of us we’re in bands since we were teenagers so I guess subconsciously we were always working towards it.
Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Tom: Definitely not but one of my defining memories of music was first hearing Nirvana when I was a kid and being blown away. Suddenly all you want in life is an electric guitar.
Dave: Sitting in front of MTV as a child glued to the screen for hours
How did you come up with your band name?
We played around with some ideas but didn’t feel right about it until Tom mentioned Motions as a fit.
Was it difficult to narrow it down?What other names were you considering?
They were all terrible and forgettable! (Laughter) So we can’t remember.
Let’s talk about your debut single, “Back To Where I Begun.” Where did the inspiration for this track come from?
It’s a song about regret and isolation; realising you’ve reached the point of no return when its already too late.
How do you think this song prepares audiences for the rest of your music and really your sound?
It’s a good introduction for what’s to come, we try not to confine ourselves to a sound and the mix of minimalistic vs wider elements of the sounds in the track represent a good range of what we do.
What was it like working with Philip Magee on “Back To Where I Begun” who has previously worked with hit bands like Kodaline, The Script and Miles Kane?
Immediately it just felt like we’d known Phil for years. Working with him is an absolute pleasure. He really understood what we were trying to do and watching him work his magic in the studio is a masterclass in itself. Now that studio almost feels like a second home.
When do you hope to release more new music and even a full-length collection of new songs?
We have a number of singles lined up for the coming months that we’re dying to put out. An album will come when the times right.
Can you fill us in on the music scene in Dublin, Ireland?
There has always been a great music scene in Dublin. There are so many undiscovered gems that you can find in most venues any night of the week.
Do you think it’s an area that is now and continues to really foster new and up and coming artists?
Definitely, the global success of the likes of Hozier and Kodaline has revived the industry here and brought people to Ireland to seek out the never ending flow of upcoming talented artists.
As a relatively new band, I am curious to know if anything at all has surprised you about the music industry yet?
The industry can be very fickle. We try to focus on the songs and not get caught up in anything else.
What has come naturally to you guys and what has been somewhat challenging?
We didn’t know each other before we started the band. The writing process and working together came very naturally to us. Ideas seem to flow well and we generally have the same vision on things, that can be hard to find.
We manage all aspects of the band at the moment so it can be challenging getting time to just write and put everything else aside. Music is a full time job. We both work day jobs and finding time to juggle everything can be challenging,
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Tom: Radiohead, Foals, Tame Impala, The Doors.
Dave: Foals, Rolling Stones, Royal Blood, Jagwar Ma, Ryan Adams.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music?
Our music is an expression of what we’re going through at any given time. We hope people can relate to it.
What do you hope people take away from your songs?
Something they can relate to. That connection that comes purely through song.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourselves or your music?
If you like it, spread the word.