Kelly O Brien


From the age of 6 I knew I wanted to be a guitarist. I had dabbled with other instruments (piano, tin whistle,drums) but I knew in my heart and soul that guitar was the one for me. So I started playing at 12 and have been playing since then. I played with my school folk group and had a few school bands. In college we formed a band and won a few battle of the bands (at one stage we supported Fight Like Apes). Since then I have just been playing the guitar on my own time, but I miss playing with other musicians so I am here. Lead guitar was never my thing, I always preferred rhythm guitar as I love the subtleties it brings to a song when done right .... there but not there. I also have experience singing live, both back up and lead (My style slightly husky á la Joan Jett), and I am also a belly dancer :)






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Is it too cliché to say that music is "everything"? Probably. But it's really the only way I can describe what it is. My spotify has about 20 different playlists, 1 for every mood. I read to music, work to music, sleep to music, cry to music, paint to music, everything..... Without music, there is nothing.

What is your music dream?

To be taken seriously as a female rock guitarist. Something that has annoyed me my entire life, that I have never been taken seriously enough, when there are countless times that I have proven myself to be better than many of my male counterparts. To the point where it nearly killed my dreams of being a guitarist. I've gone back to it again lately though :)

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Any kind of cruelty to animals would be punished. Everyone would be equal no matter who/what they are.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Oh wow...there are so many! So let's go with the one my dad used to sing to me as a baby "Yellow Submarine - The Beatles"

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Led Zep, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Guns n Roses, Boston, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, HIM, The Darkness, Def Leppard, Blondie, David Bowie, Prince, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Shakira, Whitesnake, Toto, TRex, Nirvana, (the list goes on...)

What inspires you to make music?

Everyone has their own soundtrack. On my deathbed I can't wait to listen back to mine. I think it will the best way to tell my story.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Girls rock too!

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Alive. Reborn.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It tougher for really good musicians. Everything has been done ten times over. It's harder to make it because the sea of talent is deeper.

What do you think of Drooble?

I love it!!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not being taken seriously because of my XX chromosomes.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I do! I give to kickstarter campaigns and watch local talent at gigs.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Patience and tenacity