Our ongoing love for teenage bedroom producers and their music continues. Meet Mmoths, aka Jack Colleran.
It’s been just over 2 years since teenager Jack Colleran recorded his first demos in his bedroom in rural Ireland, uploading them to Soundcloud under the moniker Mmmoths. Since then he’s signed off his GCSEs, celebrated his 18th birthday, been flown around the world and signed to a major record label.
With support and tour slots alongside Mercury winners The xx, the Dublin producer and artist released his EP, Diaries, to international applause. Turns out poignant, ambient electro compositions are exactly what the doctor ordered for the British music scene.
Where did the moniker Mmoths come from? Are we right in thinking it’s something to do with your native slang?
Girls over here are called mots. That’s pretty much where the name came from.
When did your passion initially ignite to write and produce music? When did you realise that it was more than just a hobby?
I never really set out to write anything properly. The first tracks were just me messing around. I suppose I first thought it could be more than a hobby when labels started showing interest in what I was doing.
You were just out of school when you signed your deal. That must have been quite a highlight?
I signed the deal when I got my final year exam results. They weren’t too good so it was quite a relief to have the record deal there beside it.
What is your main source of inspiration when writing music?
I like to sample sounds a lot and build textures from them. That’s where tracks usually start. I never really sit down with an idea or a theme for a track in mind, it usually just comes together itself
How would you describe Diaries to someone who hasn’t heard it?
The EP’s more mature, more real. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard to put something like that together before. I really want to be able to look back on still stand by it.
Do you enjoy playing live or do you prefer production duties?
Before when I played by myself it didn’t feel right, it wasn’t a ‘show’. Back then I definitely preferred being alone producing. Now with the band playing live makes sense. We’re constantly working on pushing the live aspect forward.
How does it feel playing to huge crowds during your tour support gigs?
Touring with the xx was an incredible experience. We learned so much from those guys and their team. It was also interesting to see the reaction from massive crowds that had never heard us before.
What else can we expect from you in 2013?
I never really look too far into the future, it makes me waste time. The EP has just been released so we’ll see what comes from that. At the minute I’m writing a bit and working a lot with the band on the live stuff.
Words: Shane Hawkins (Follow Shane on Twitter @piccadilly_boy)