Getting to know Techno with Ceili
22nd June 2018
Your name is Dylan Moran, the same as the Irish comedian – where do the similarities begin and diminish?
They begin at Dylan and Diminish at Moran.
Your alias behind the decks is Ceili – how is this pronounced and what does it mean?
Ceili is an old Irish word for an explorative gathering back in the day. Usually accompanied with storytelling, dancing and probably a whole lot of Poitin (potent potato alcohol). So, I guess that’s exactly what I’m going for in an updated manor.
You say you grew up in ‘the middle of nowhere’ in Ireland – how did an Emmerdale existence spark a techno tale?
That I’m not really sure about actually. There wasn’t much techno to be heard of in Banagher. My brother was a crazy trance head and anytime I stepped in his car your head would be blown off by Lisa Lashes or the Tidy Boys. I think that led me down my path. I was then introduced to limewire and from there I started being the one mixtape master friend. My dad pushed me when I got older to invest in some real gear and that led me on to some wild parties in fields and sheds around the blogland’s before moving the Dubin.
Memories of your first techno gig?
I went to a gig when I was 17 in Joe Lee’s Bar in Tullamore. I met a DJ from a nearby town who introduced me to minimal techno and he’d been banned from driving so I drove him to his gig. It was mad.
What’s the scene like in Dublin, and how did you start getting yourself heard?
It’s a tight scene in Dublin. In the five years I was there you could definitely witness a lot of change and good movement. People aren’t afraid to go for it. I moved into a house in Dublin with two other DJs. I went out and got a taste of the scene for and in my second year started playing a couple of okayish gigs. Then I entered some competition to win a slot at a festival, and some lad white washed me for first place on the last day and left me runners up. But that got me a support slot for Jonas Rathsman – someone I shouldn’t have probably been warming up for in terms of taste, but I made it work and got myself in. After that I pushed like crazy working my way into different clubs and festivals from Dublin to Galway.
To any pigeon-holed fool that would disregard techno as repetitive beats, how would you silence them with the most epic genre definition?
I feel like the genre is loved in different ways. You have someone like me who can listen to it first thing in the morning but then you’ve others who admire the movement around the genre – the people it brings together and the pouring creativity that comes with the right promoters and artists. You don’t know until you try techno for real! Watching football on a basic TV isn’t the same as going to a match is it!? So listening to techno with a speaker is just not the same as going to a gig with the perfect sound system. Its more a moment. I’m rambling already.
You’ve since moved to London – how does the scene differ to that on Irish turf?
I guess its incomparable due to difference in size. The Dublin scene is what it is due to compression inside the city. Here there’s a lot to choose from. I felt in Ireland a lot of ‘same same’ from parties mainly because there’s less competition. This has a big imprint on the artists who perform at these parties and the listeners who can become a little jaded to what else is out there. Here the limits are much larger and it’s a really good thing to discover your true taste for both the artist or the listener.
You’re working on your own label, the Ceili Collective – what and who are you looking for to join this eclectic gathering? Submissions open!
As a collective we currently are operating a monthly radio show, sporadic parties and finely putting together “Ceili 001” – a 6-track cassette featuring three Irish artists with myself alongside, and three Internationals. With all this comes a lot of art work so submissions are open to any should who thinks they can bring something fun to the table. I started it myself as I was bored waiting for others to grant me an opportunity, so here it is for me and anyone with a Ceili eye. In the past three months good people have come together and I’m surprised with the progress.
Your debut EP ‘Waiting’ on OTB Records has some unique track titles – explain the stories of ‘Moped Noise Pollution’.
Moped Noise Pollution was inspired by my noisy window view in Homerton.
You’re running this monthly radio show that aims to bring a mix of techno together from around the world. Do you see techno moving from underground to currentground?
I think it already is on currentground to a certain extent in Europe, and has been for a while now. Its just how the scene has developed when the scent of money arises fast, especially with the helping hand from THE INTERNET. Yet this is only for particular cities. The scenes in Tbilisi of recent were crazy. A new club called Bassiani have not impressed the government with the reception they’ve received and people took to the streets after the club got raided heavily and with the people came the artists and it looked like a real sense of freedom. Google it!
You recently attended the SuperdrySounds launch party, how was it?
Really nice vibe. More techno needed though, haha.
Thoughts on the Superdry clothes you’re styling out?
Hit me with that Superdry leather. I’m old fashioned.
Photos by Amber Baker