SXSW 2015 Interview: Only Real

By on Tuesday, 31st March 2015 at 11:00 am
 

You know that chestnut of supposed wisdom, “youth is wasted on the young”? The casual observer might think that’s exactly the kind of life 20-something Niall Galvin, aka Only Real, is living if that person was watching him down a sugar free Red Bull while I was interviewing him on the Saturday afternoon of SXSW 2015. But you’d be mistaken. Yes, Galvin’s music seems lightweight on the outside – and certainly, his modus operandi since the early days when ‘Cadillac Girl’ first made the kids swoon was to provide some light-hearted escapist fare, which he fully admits to – there is a quite talented fellow underneath that seemingly overly carefree exterior who seems surprised a bit by his success about “making people feel good if I can” through his music and grateful for the reception his music has received.

First off, name me a real live slacker who’s signed a record deal with a major label like Virgin / EMI? (Check. See my review of his debum album ‘Jerk at the End of the Line’, which was released just yesterday.) As an editor, Niall’s modesty Friday night with his fans was so nice to see; after he played as part of the Blackjack London / Association for Independent Music (AIM) showcase, he happily greeted new fans as they asked for autographs from and photos with their new musical hero. Secondly, name me someone who actually has big aspirations beyond said record deal and essentially could take over the world with all his talents, but he’d only do it under his own terms and while keeping things real and on the level?

Although he’s young, the extra year he allowed to ready himself for his first appearance SXSW and the release of his debut seems to have been all worth it, and he’s ready for the next stage of fame. Listen to the whole interview below.

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