Since I moved to London, I found it a bit hard trying to keep up with the arts and culture world in Dublin. To be honest it’s near impossible,especially when Culture Cafe focuses on that. So unfortunately it became time to put Culture Cafe to bed for a bit. I’m not saying it’s the end of it. Once I get settled in London, I may turn Culture Cafe into a podcast.
Culture Cafe has been running for nearly four years. The first episode was broadcast on DCUfm in September 2009. The show ran on DCUfm for two years before moving to RTE 2XM, where it has been running since July 2011.
Now though, seeing as it’s time to move things on, I’m hosting a music show called The London Ear on RTE 2XM on Culture Cafe’s old timeslot on RTE 2XM, Wednesdays at 1400 and the repeat of the show on Sunday nights 2100.
The show focuses on new music with a look at those based in Ireland and the UK, especially Irish bands that may be on tour or live in the UK.
If you are in a band and would like to get involved get in touch nessy @ nessymon.com (Take out the gaps) and yes, I am trying to take a photo at a different London Underground Station every week and turn it into The London Ear.
I’m now working in a Media Group as a Cross Platform Co-ordinator. The company has two radio stations and three magazines as well as making in house videos. My job is to make sure each department work together and all stories or items of news get used across to the best of our abilities across each platform.
It’s an interesting position, giving me an opportunity to work across a National UK radio station, broadcasting on DAB and MW (into Northern Ireland too), a local DAB station and the magazines.
I’ve also been able to get stuck into some video and audio production too. Will post some links as soon as they are live.
A couple of weeks ago, at the launch of Arthur Guinness Projects, I had the opportunity to chat to The Script. Nice lads! Have a listen!
So for the past couple of summers, our ‘nature reserve’ has been host to some foxes. This year one fox, who we call Sam, came back. I think Sam was here last year as one cub last year had blue/grey eyes, so does Sam.
Anyway, on Friday, I witnessed the most amazing thing ever, as Sam Fox took her, wait for it, seven fox cubs, out for a walk for the first time. Unfortunately I didn’t have my trusty video camera charged up but here’s some footage from yesterday of one of the cubs. If you like that kind of stuff, you can see more pictures on Facebook or on my YouTube channel. I’ll update with any videos.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Imagine Dragons. It was great to chat to them as they were in Ireland for the Trinity Ball and entered the Irish album charts at number 9. Two days later, their album, Nightvisions, entered the UK album chart at number 2.
This interview was broadcast on Culture Cafe on RTE 2XM on April 11 2013.
I’ve decided to give myself a new challenge. For a while now, I’ve been thinking about putting an ebook together.
I’ve been working with bands and musicians for the best part of, well, a long time. Once upon a time, a lot of my day was spent talking to musicians, chatting about the best way for them to approach releases, planning their social media and online presence (way before Facebook), all that sort of thing.
Since I started presenting radio shows and keeping the blog, I get a lot of emails from bands, basically trying to sell their wares, it became apparent to me that a lot of musicians still don’t know how to approach people. That’s fair enough, they’re artists but unfortunately, in a world where the majority are independent artists, they also have to have a business head or at least the know-how to progress themselves.
2012 was great. I finished college, got my degree and had the opportunity to chat to some great people for my radio show. I want to make 2013 even better and I’m not letting the dreaded flu stop my ‘Up and at ‘em’ attitude.
I was just listening to this interview and I thought I’d share it with you. Melanie C has been an artist I’ve admired for many years. She’s come a long way since the Spice Girls. She’s an independent artist and tremendously talented, she puts on a fantastic live show. I caught up with Melanie when she was in Dublin in October playing Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Loved our chat and I will never forget Melanie’s smile when she spoke about her little girl.
So I graduated two weeks ago and got this nice piece of paper, which I promptly left in the boot of my Mum’s car and haven’t seen since. (She says it’s safe). We all dressed up like Harry Potter for the day and went to the Helix were I was bestowed with a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia.
Now for the fun bit, the real world stuff. I’m looking for a job. You can read all about me here and you can see my LinkedIn Profile here. If you want I can send you my snazzy awesome CV, just send me your email and I’ll get it to you.
A brief recap, I’ve experience in Radio and Video Production as well as well as Social Media Management and Production Co-ordination and Management. I’m open to try new things, if you think I’m a good fit for you, get in touch.
Last weekend saw the return of The Tall Ships Race to Dublin, the last time it was in Dublin was in 1998 and I had the pleasure of attending a party which took place on a Russian ship, it was quite awesome. This time round, I took the opportunity to take out my trusty little pocket HD camera and get some footage of what was going on. I took some video on Thursday and on Saturday but this is my favourite as I think it gives more of feeling of the other things happening on the quayside.
Here’s also a few little photos for you..