Hearing about a band or artist's influences and inspirations are all well and good, but sometimes, you just want to get to the nitty-gritty in an interview - like, 'what's your favourite takeaway dish'?
Our new Q&A series sees us throwing rapidfire questions at musicians to get their most instinctive answers. There's no beating around the bush here - just honest, straightforward insights into their creative minds.
Described as a 'sharpshooter with the truth', Irish singer-songwriter Flynn is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Mullingar native Niall Horan and is already off to a good start.
His tracks 'Red Light', 'Peace of Mind', and 'My Gold' have each garnered between 1.4 and 2.2 million plays on Spotify to date - and last year, a massive collaboration with Belgian house act Lost Frequencies for the hit single 'Recognise' saw him performing at the legendary festivals Tomorrowland and Parookaville.
His new single 'One of Us' is out now.
1. What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
I listened to a lot of hip-hop and R&B growing up, as well as all the great pop artists that were around at the time! A song I still play regularly would be Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake - that song just doesn’t age!
2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
Excited, inspired, nervous.
3. How do you wind down after a gig?
After we’ve packed the gear down I usually go somewhere quiet with the band and we talk about how the show went. Depends where we are, though; most of the time we get on the road, take multiple pitstops for coffee. make our way home then sleep.
4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?
Probably Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine. That song never fails to inspire me!
5. You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?
Eminem - 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'
Amy Winehouse - 'Back To Black'
Billie Eilish - 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?'
6. Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.
Holly Humberstone - Falling Asleep At The Wheel
7. Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.
Oh that’s a hard one! Seth Rogen would have to be the main actor because he’s always getting himself in ridiculous situations. Quentin Tarantino would be the director because his movies are always the most abstract and unpredictable, IMO. Weird mix, but I think it could be a masterpiece, don’t you?
8. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
Definitely a pizza. Preferably a Domino's Pizza.
9. Describe your perfect day off.
Eating out somewhere with my mates and going to see a good film at the cinema.
10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your next gig.
I like to bring as much energy as I can on stage and make it an uplifting fun experience – so if you're up for that sort of stuff, you should come along to a gig some time, I guess.
BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
I’ve been listening to Blindboy's podcast a lot lately, He has a great outlook on life and touches on mental health a lot. He articulates himself brilliantly, and doesn’t take it all too seriously. Definitely worth a listen.
'One of Us' is out now.