With his new EP 'These are the Dreams. This is the Life' released today – a collection of songs "written about the reality of living and working through your dreams, rather than just dreaming them" - Limerick-born Emmet Scanlan is heading out on the road with his band 'What the Good Thought' to play a few gigs in support of it later this month.

Before that, we had a chat about the important and not-so-important issues of the day with him.


What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
Well, the first two CDs I bought were 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack and Meatloaf's 'Bat out of Hell II' - loving the big ballad timeless classics.

When did you first realise that you wanted a career in music?
At the age of 11.My three friends and I had decided who was going to play what in our first band before we even picked up instruments - and our list of demands for playing Slane Castle the following year!

In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.

How do you wind down after a gig?
It is always nice to catch up with people who have made the effort.

What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?
'Atlantic City' - Bruce Springsteen.

What song of yours are you most proud of?
'Over Again', the new single.

What’s your favourite venue to perform in?
I love the smaller, atmospheric venues dotted around the country - The Crane, Galway; Sin É, Cork; The Greyhound, Kilkee.

Your best and worst gig so far?
TBH, any gig where folk are there to connect is a great gig.

Whose career do you envy, and why?
I don't particularly envy anyone's career – but I really admire those that are in it for the long game, like Ray Charles.

Vinyl or digital downloads?
Would love to say vinyl, but I am a man of convenience.

Give your thoughts on Spotify in three words.

You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?
'Devils and Dust' - Bruce Springsteen
'Trouble' - Ray Lamontagne
'The Soul Album' – Otis Redding

Name one piece of music memorabilia that you wish you owned.
Tom Jones's little black book.

Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.
'Ray' - soundtrack and film by Ray Charles
Book - 'Star of the Sea' by Joseph O' Connor.

Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.
I am a big fan of director James Grey, and Cillian Murphy is great!

You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
Oooooooh, gotta be shredded chicken and singapore rice noodles from the Chinese!

You’ve been given €100,000 to spend, but only 1 hour to spend it. What do you buy?
A tasty shack in Italy to renovate and cook!

Describe your perfect day off.
Drinks with my wife and a spectacular view: beach, rolling hills, piazza... not fussy, really.

Tell us, in one sentence, why we should listen to your new EP.
It is a genuine piece of work that I have put my all into, on the topic of living your dreams.


Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought's 'These are the Dreams. This is the Life' is out now.

Tour dates:

Nov 10th - Sin É/Crane Lane - Cork
Nov 11th - The Crane Bar - Galway
Nov 12th - Cleery's - Newcastle West, Co. Limerick
Nov 13th - Wigwam - Dublin