Behind The Beat | SirensCeol Interview
Recently I had the opportunity to catch up with SirensCeol, aka Stephen Burke, after he came back from his first EDC Las Vegas performance. And you can mark my words, that will not be his last EDC performance. SirensCeol (pronounced “sirens soul”) has only been producing electronic music for the past 2 years, but his musical roots go back much farther than that. Below you can find SirensCeol’s newest track ‘Unlimited Pancakes’, and listen to that while you get to know a little bit more about the rising name of SirensCeol.
OTB: Just for starters, can you give us a little background on SirensCeol? How did you get started in the music industry?
SC: I’ ve been playing guitar and piano for about 10 years now, and have been around music for about half of my life. I started off singing and songwriting which I did for quite a while and it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I got into production. It’s hard to say what exactly got me into production, but I guess a safe bet would be that I just wanted to try something new.
OTB: Also, your name, that tends to give some people difficulty in pronouncing it! How did you come up with that?
SC: Well ‘sirens’ is the greek mythology character of the mermaids who would use their music to lure ships from out at sea into dangerous areas. I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology and ‘ceol’ (actually pronounced kee-yole) but i say it as (soul) is the Gaelic word for music seeing as I have a strong Irish heritage.
OTB: When you first started DJing/Producing about 2 years ago, what equipment did you start out using? What do you use now?
SC: Honestly, I use the same exact equipment only thing different is a pair of studio monitors. So I just use my laptop, keyboard and some nice speakers. That’s all you really need I believe, unless you’re recording a lot of live vocals and instruments. So yeah, same gear but my knowledge of how to use it all is much greater lol.
SC: Performing I mostly use my trusty Traktor S2, but every now and then if I wanna travel light I’ll just use the CDJ’s that the venue usually has provided.
OTB: Oh wow, was it hard first making the transition from the S2 to CDJ’s?
SC: For the very first time, yes, but once you get the hang of the beatmatching aspect of things it becomes fun. But I use Traktor mainly because I have my sets structured in a certain way so I don’t like to miss any cues.
OTB: I think I can take a guess haha, but what has been your favorite show you’ve performed so far?
SC: It’s definitely your guess; EDC lol. I’ve been around for a little bit as an artist but I’ve just recently started to play shows, so I haven’t had a ton of experience in it, but every time has been an amazing experience and I’ve always got great feedback and had a wonderful time 🙂
OTB: Knew it! What was the feeling like playing at a show like EDC Las Vegas?
SC: It was pretty amazing! Even considering my stage was small compared to the others, I can’t imagine one day if I do get to play a larger stage what that would feel like!
OTB: When sitting down to produce, what is something that you always have to have, non-music related (i.e. Coca-Cola, beer, food, etc.)
SC: Oh coffee for sure. Just the taste of it puts me in a productive mood haha.
OTB: So as some people may know, you attend UC Berkley. How has it been trying to juggle the startup of your DJ career, as well as balancing schoolwork?
SC: It’s been getting harder and harder. I also do sports, however I don’t know how much longer that can last seeing how things are going with both my academic and music careers. Sacrifices will need to be made, but either way I feel I’m on an extremely good path!
OTB: Yeah, I’d say so. What sports are you playing?
SC: I was recruited for Track & Field.
OTB: Who is one person who has inspired you the most (non-musician) and one artist that has inspired you the most?
SC: Not in the music industry I would say that my dad has really allowed my dreams to grow. Without him I wouldn’t be where I am today for a multitude of reasons but I can say that in all confidence. Musical wise I grew up on classical piano, so one of my top inspirations in terms of songwriting has been Beethoven I would always learn his music and I enjoyed the dark and light, as well as complex sides of it.
OTB: Well that’s definitely a response I haven’t heard yet! You seem like an artist that varies between different genres sometimes dubstep, sometimes house. Is there anything that factors into your decisions with what genre you play/produce?
SC: Honestly, it’s whatever I feel most inspired by at that moment in time. Like, if I hear a track I love I want to emulate it or if an idea pops in my head I’ll go and produce that genre. It’s a very in the moment kind of thing.
OTB: If you could get a residency at any club in the US, what would it be? Why?
Hmm thats a tough one. I feel like I don’t know enough about a lot of them to be able to fully answer that question. However the respect for DJ’s in Las Vegas is incredible, so I would most likely go with a club there. Probably either Hakkasan or Marquee.
SC: Well to speak realistically, I would ask someone of my own genre. I know that Zedd became recognized from almost nothing and became something huge now. So I would most likely ask him, how did you do it? Like what was the process in its entirety, so that I would know if I’m doing the right things or not.
OTB: If you could marry any celebrity, who would it be?
SC: Ohh, Mariah Carey man. We could make beautiful babies and beautiful music.
OTB: You’ll have to fight Nick Cannon for her then…
SC: Yeah, I heard he’s a DJ now.. -_-
SC: A ton of music, hopefully some more big shows. But honestly i have no idea what to expect. I’m ready for anything. I’m hoping to break through from “up and coming” to “known”.
OTB: Any last words you would like to say to your great fans?
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