An Interview With Odhran Murphy
Odhran Murphy recently dropped his newest single dubbed "Ous Tonight" and it's an outrageously cinematic and powerfully uplifting track with building musical swells and tons of soul.
This song is built on passion and hooks. Driving acoustic guitars, pianos, and massive orchestral string synths get you spinning in awe. The song feels like what you'd hear in your head once you've reached the top of a mountain you've climbed.
It's a love song that, when you close your eyes, you can see your person. You can feel the love that went into the song and the inspiration behind it comes through clearly.
With a track so heartfelt and moving, we sat down with Odhran and found out more about where he is coming from with hsi music, his influences, and much more.
TSWS: So "Ours Tonight" is a very heartfelt love song and comes through very passionately and
powerfully. Where did this track come from?
Odhran: When Lockdown began I wanted to use the time wisely with regards to music, I tend to put
myself in love story scenarios when I’m writing, not necessarily personal, but I like to create
an idea of a modern love story and take it from there. Ours Tonight for me however, is
personal in a sense as I had a realistic scenario to recreate through song. The song is basically
about meeting someone in a nightclub which in fact I funny enough, I did actually meet my
girlfriend in, so I guess you could say that was my inspiration for the song.
TSWS: It looks like you have been releasing singles throughout the last few years. "Lost" was also a
very deeptrack but totally different from "Ours Tonight". I love how your styles vary. Tell us
how you write your songs. Is it lyrics first? Do you come up with a melody? What's your
Odhran: So, I like to start off with a melody or chorus. I would always start by picking up the guitar
and playing a few chords, melodies and seeing which one suits best. I then would continue by
writing a chorus and usually find myself getting lost in the music and the flow comes natural
after a while. I listen back to the song several times and if there is something that I’m not
happy with I would perfect it and change it.
WSTS: With your different styles, I'd love to know, who are your biggest musical influences? Who
really changed you as an artist?
Odhran: My biggest musical influences would be my parents. Growing up at a young age listening to
them singing and playing music really had a huge impact in my love for music. It was my
mother that got me into playing the guitar at the age of 13, ever since then the music really
kicked off for me. I would always have the urge to lift up an instrument and try and play it,
teaching myself the Piano has also benefitted me when it comes to recording, giving me a
much wider variety of instruments to use at my own leisure. My parents would always say to
me that no matter what you do in life, to “always be yourself” and that’s really what I’m
doing and my main goal in return is to make them proud.
TSWS: With almost 6k followers of Spotify, it looks like you've been able to gain some real deal
fans. Any advice you'd give to artists out there trying to get heard?
Odhran: My advice for anyone who is trying to get their music out in the industry would be, to be
yourself and focus on something you’re good at whether it is singing, playing guitar, piano,
whatever it is. There’s a massive following on all social platform, so maybe if you’re just
starting out as an artist you could create a page on Facebook, Instagram, twitter etc. I
remember when I started out I posted my first cover up in 2015, the response I got from it
was amazing, so it gave me that buzz when posting more music.
TSWS: How did this all start for you? Have you always been musically inclined?
Odhran: As I said it really started with my family, I always have had a huge love for music, my
passion for it has grown since I started playing it at a young age. It started for me more so
when I built up the confidence to post videos on the social platforms and also with my first
release on Spotify “By My Side”. Thankfully enough since my first post in 2015 on
Facebook, I have grown a much wider fan base and have improved as an artist.
TSWS: What do you think is next for you? Are you working on new material even now?
Odhran: I guess with the pandemic that we’re in, it is so hard for musicians as there are no live gigs
going on at the moment. So my main focus is to really use my time wisely and write as many
songs as I can. I am actually in the process of recording yet another single which I hope to
release within the next few months. I will also be started up a few Facebook live gigs which
you can keep up to date on my Music page @odhranmurphymusic.
TSWS: Before we go, is there anything you'd like to express or say to fans of your music?
Odhran: I would like to begin by saying, thank you so much for listening and streaming my music,
especially my latest release “Ours Tonight”. I am thrilled with the response I am getting so
far and I hope that it continues. Music is something that I hope to pursue a career in and
obviously with the continued support from everyone it is allowing me to edge closer and
closer to the goal that I hope to achieve. If you haven’t already, check out my latest track on
all platforms and also give my pages a like and share! It helps so much. You can find me on: