Noel Walsh


I'm a bassist with enough experience of other instruments and the recording process to be able to do it all on my own; but that's boring and I want to be inspired by and learn from other musicians and their experiences. I've played the guitar on and off since I was 6 years old and I've been playing the bass since I was 15. I recently parted ways with my band mates after 5 years of writing recording and gigging as REYA but we just didn't have the collective drive and passion to make things happen so I'm back at the start of the creative process and looking to learn from the mistakes I've made. Music is my world (my family notwithstanding) so I'm looking for serious players who really know their stuff and really want to achieve something. If you're out there, let me know.






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

Music is too complex to describe. I don't like trying. It's too many things and sometimes it's nothing. I love it and hate it for its depth and its emptiness. It's all about who's in charge and all too often it's being created by people with an eye on the costs and the returns and not on what is being said. I'm consumed by the music I love and repulsed by the music I sometimes hear. I want to make more of the former.

What is your music dream?

To be able to make it all day and night without the financial restrictions of having to spend 8 hours somewhere I don't want to be when I could be making music or playing for a crowd.

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

I'd implement the concepts presented by Jacque Fresco in his Venus Project. Money is the cause of all the problems in the world and removing it and providing a quality of life that people can't imagine with no price tag attached would remove corruption, addiction and every other man made problem of scarcity.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

"Super Trooper" by ABBA. I remember my parents buying that record and listening to it over and over and over. I used to love my dad's Ossybyssa and Spyro Gyra records too. Maybe they're the real reason I picked up the bass. :-)

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails have been at the top of my list since the 90's and recently TOOL, APC and Pucsifer. Maynard has a work ethic that I admire as well as an incredible voice and attitude towards life and learning.

What inspires you to make music?

I don't know. It depends.

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

I'd like to find a way to use my open mindedness as well as my dogged determination to improve life for those less fortunate to write songs that inspire people to do the same.

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

Vulnerable and cool. Powerful and Self conscious.

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

The 'luck' element of being able to make music your life is a sad reality. Right place, right time is all well and good and it makes sense but it doesn't account for the time and effort that people put in to building their skills and their career. Most of the people who 'make it' do so through luck and or being able to buy their way into a situation. The genuinely talented people will always be limited by who they know or don't know and what they can and can't afford to do to help themselves. I hate that.

What do you think of Drooble?

So far it looks like a great idea but it's very early days for me so I'll reserve judgement until I see for myself the value of the connections made. People are people, muso's or not. We have our own interests at heart. Even I am writing this in the hope that it works and gets me somewhere so real, genuine honesty is a tough thing to expect from strangers.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The time I'm able to spend on my music.

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

Yes. As best I can anyhow. I try to get out and see local bands that I like whenever they play but time and money play a part in those decisions too. I recently saw BOSS KELOID play at a festival in Sheffield and have become besotted with them and have seen them 5 times since. I'd be much more scene oriented if I had some close friends who also shared my love or music and seeing it played live.

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

Open mindedness and a deep understanding of how social media is used by fans.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

BOSS KELOID are the obvious one that people may not have heard. They're great. Check them out.