He’s a man who is very active within the local music scene in Belfast, whether it’s behind a camera or performing as the frontman of Steven VX & The Art Rats, he remains as passionate as ever about music from Northern Ireland.
With his new album ‘D.N.R’ released on Wednesday 7th March, we put a few questions to the man behind the mask in between performing, studying and being an all around busy guy. Get to Know Steven Donnelly.
Where You’re From: I’m from West Belfast, where all the class musicians come from.
Do you prefer recording studio or performing live? Live, most definitely. I prefer playing live for the energy, but I do enjoy the creative environment of the studio and playing around with different sounds.
Last gig you attended: The last gig I attended was British Sea Power at Limelight 2 with support from MMode. Blew my mind.
Musician you’d like to collaborate with: Internationally, Trent Reznor as I’m a huge Nine Inch Nails fan or Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw for the heavy jazz/soul influences. Locally, Michael Mormecha or The Mad Dalton (or both!) for something more off-the-wall!
Which local music do you rate: All of it.
Most anticipated release:‘D.N.R’ – the debut album for Steven VX & The Art Rats which comes out this Wednesday (7th March) on all major platforms.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less: Weird, Enthusiastic, Annoying, Persistent and Friendly. Or “a pain in the ass.”
Favourite album of all time? Oh, that’s a tough one… What springs to mind first is ‘Clarity’ by Jimmy Eat World. I could listen to that album all day every day. ‘Goodbye Sky Harbor’ is just incredible…
What is your most valued material possession: Either my guitars or my camera.
Most memorable gig experience? For me as an artist, either performing to a sold out Ulster Hall back in 2014 with The Ex-Producers supporting Horslips, or last week at the Sunflower performing solo to a packed out house. For a show I’ve attended, it has to be Hevy Fest 2015 in Kent, UK.
Favourite line from a song? “Feel so restless I am, beat my head against a pole, try to knock some sense, down in my bones” from Johnny Thunders’ ‘Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’
Steven VX & The Arts launch their new album ‘D.N.R’ on Friday 9th March in the Voodoo Belfast. For full details, click here. Cover photo credit: Matthew Alexander Patton.