Interviews & research

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Research Log – last update: August 2019

1. Interview #1 has been published: “It’s just a game that I find exhausting. I think music is in a really dangerous place right now” – Katie O’Neill, vocalist/guitarist with Alien She.

2. Selecting next interviewee for interview #2

3. Writing first draft for a forthcoming book chapter on music and gender narratives in Irish music magazines (will be published in 2020)

Featured article

The MA dissertation, entitled Why are there so few female Music Producers?, was inspired by previous claims as to the estimated number of women music producers in the music industry. Several articles on the subject quote a figure of “less than 5 percent”, with one claiming that this figure is “generous”.

Combining the lived experiences of women working in Ireland’s music industry with theory, and further research into the history of gender representation on the covers of Hot Press and Rolling Stone, the figure of “less than 5 percent” lost some of its weight. It’s more so a question of visibility.

The Nationwide Irish Music Industry Research Project continues on from this research on a broader scale and a more inclusive agenda. The question of visibility guides this research, and over the next few years it will investigate the relationships between space, identity, music and power.

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Become a participant in the NIMIR Project

This project will involve interviews with artists, artist managers, members of A&R divisions, record label owners, and magazine editors. Participants will be interviewed about their experiences of and perspectives on image culture in the music industry in Ireland.

Email lgrsounds@gmail.com to take part

Would you like to write about your research on LGR?

Topics of interest include: media in popular music culture / identity in the music industry / pre-1950s music culture / power & music / music promotion / sound & technology / gender & sexuality

Don’t be shy! Make a pitch to lgrsounds@gmail.com

Articles from the research community coming soon.