Interview: Konrad from I Draw Slow

1. Who are you?
I’m Konrad Liddy, the double bass player for Irish folk group I Draw Slow

2. Where are you based?
We are a Dublin based band

3. What achievements do you want me to know about?
I suppose the achievement we’re most proud of is having been signed to an American label (Pinecastle) – a lot of what we do is heavily influenced by American folk and Old Time Appalachian music so to get an endorsement from the home of that style of music made us feel pretty good about ourselves. It’s also open the door for us to play some of the genres biggest festivals on that side of the pond. We played the legendary Merlefest last April which was surreal.

 4. What are you up to now?
We’re gearing up for some Christmas shows including our charity show in Whelan’s on Dec 10th. We’re doing the show to help fund blood cancer research carried out by MIRT Ireland. You can get more information here
It’s a great cause and it’ll be a fantastic night! We’re also playing Monroe’s in Galway on the 11thwhich is always great fun. After that we’re off to the States again in February for a short tour. We’re currently writing for album 4.

5.  Name something unique about you or/and your product?
We love doing what we do. Really love it. I think that comes across not only in our shows but also in the recordings. When I listen back to some of the tracks I can really hear that we’re having an absolute ball during the recording.

6. What is the best song ever written?
This changes for me on a regular basis, often on weekly basis but for this week the greatest song ever written is “Lungs” By Towns Van Zandt. A very simple melody sung through gritted teeth. Add the gravity of the subject matter and it’s pretty moving stuff.

7. What's the best album ever made?
Like the best meal ever eaten, the best album ever made can be influenced by context but the band seems to have a consensus on this one. Driving around New Mexico and Colorado listening to Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young was unforgettable.

8. What are your future plans?
Things are going well in the States right now so we’ll be touring there quite a bit in the coming year. We’re also looking at options in the UK and mainland Europe. Album 4 will be in the mix there somewhere too.

9. Where can I spend money on you or your product?
All the Major Record shops are stocking the albums as well as iTunes. You can also order CDs, T-shirts and posters directly from our website:
All upcoming dates will be there too