Name: Brian Hogan
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Currently residing: Dublin city Ireland
Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence:
He has been playing in bands since the age of ten. In the early nineties he co-founded bands: Wild Cherry Tonic, Illywhacker, The Galloping Hogans and seminal Dublin band PAMF. With the group Illywhacker he toured europe on and off for two years. He also played bass with firework and theatre company “Theatre of Fire” (with whom he was chief designer and artist). In 1996 he returned to Dublin and joined contemporary Irish group KíLA (kila.ie), with whom he co-composes and travels the world. With KíLA he has won a Meteor award, earned a platinum, several gold discs and achieved a number-one-hit alongside U2, The Dubliners and the Band of Bowsies with the single The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew. Since 2004 he has played bass for theatre show Mama Cass produced by Bill Hughes and for Irish reality TV show” You’re A Star” (2005-2007). He continues to play as a session bass player, freelance (Paul Brady, Túcan, The Jades, Catherine Lynch Show) and for Audio Networks band Jungle Boogie. He has enjoyed playing with George Hamilton IV, Bono, U2, Sinéad O Connor, The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O Maonlaoí, Glenn Hansard, George Hook, The Cheeky Girls and John Aldridge (We kid you not). He now has his own band Preachers son which is very rock and roll and is touring the world and elsewhere “knocking them dead”!
1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, The Doors, John Martyn, ABBA, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson, The Police, The Bothy Band, Motorhead, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zep………………….
2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
Albinoni, Adagio in G min, kills me every time!
3. How would you describe your perfect day?
Up at the crack of 11ish, brekkie-bonk, nice Coffee, Toast, straight to recording a song that’s really buzzing me, back home, pizza, beer (polish), my girls, my sofa, the cat (also a girl) and a good movie.
4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?
I make them laugh.
5. What is your most valued material possession?
A 1947 0017 Martin guitar.
6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
Nick Cave (he was a gent but I didn’t know what to say to him, so I made a joke)
7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?
On a beach in Curacao (Caribbean), sipping a beer.
8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
I would like to and will make more albums and tour the world again.
9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
Alive, happy and working!