Audrey Gallagher’s musical journey began with a rock band and ended up with the cross over to the electronic dance music scene. Now, bringing her amazing talents to EDM fans, Audrey Gallagher has given her heavenly given gifts to create hits like â€œHolding Onto Nothingâ€, â€œHold Onto Meâ€, â€œBig Sky ” and most recently â€œThis Nightâ€. Though she may not be the fastest writer in the world, Audrey more than makes up for it by creating music that breaks the boundaries of music rotation and her beautifully written pieces are sure not to disappoint any of her fans. This Irish sweetheart can not only writes these beautifully crafted works of art, but with her vocals she is able to uplift the hearts of dance music lovers around the globe, the sings of a great dance music artist. We had a chance to chat with Audrey Gallagher and here is what was said:
Audrey Gallagher Interview:
Dayanna Guerrero: Weâ€™re here with Audrey Gallagher, the person who has been capturing the hearts of electronic dance music lovers around the world. So Audrey, one of your biggest hits â€œBig Skyâ€ was voted tune of the year by Armin Van Buuren’s A State Of Trance. Can you tell us how this song came to be?
Audrey Gallagher: Hi!
Dayanna & Audrey Gallagher : (Laughs)
Audrey Gallagher: It was completely accidental. I had only written one dance track before and that was with Agnelli & Nelson,Â and John Oâ€™Callaghan was a good friend of theirs and we kind of met through MySpace. At the time, I had sent him a message about his work with them and being friends with them and he asked me to collaborate and â€œBig Skyâ€ happened. It just became something that I donâ€™t think either of us thought it would become. He sent me a chord progression and I finished the track, wrote the melody, the lyrics, sent it back to him and thankfully he was really happy with it. Itâ€™s very strange because just when you mentioned A State of Trance, last night on A State of Trance , Armin played our new track together â€œBring back the Sunâ€, and he said that in 2007 we had the biggest song on A State of Trance of that year and it just struck me that itâ€™s now 2011 and that was five years ago that the song came into being. I hadnâ€™t thought about it until yesterday.
Dayanna Guerrero: Yeah that song seems to have stood the test of time. Itâ€™s a really great track.
Audrey Gallagher: It has taken a complete life of its own, Iâ€™m very proud of it and I think John is too.
Dayanna Guerrero: Now your song with John Oâ€™Callaghan called â€œBring Back the Sunâ€, can you tell us more about how that came to be?
Audrey Gallagher: John and me are in constant contact whether its writing songs or just general being in touch. He had written a very short progression on the piano when he was on a plane somewhere and he didnâ€™t know what to do with it because it wasnâ€™t remotely electronic or anything to do with dance music and he told me about it briefly on the phone and I said just send it to me and Iâ€™ll see if I can do anything with it because he wasnâ€™t too sure about it. So he sent me the piano piece and I thought it was beautiful. At that time I had broken my arm and was kind of in quite a dark place I suppose and I had gone on Holiday to Portugal, my boyfriend who took me on a Holiday to sort of cheer me up and that feeling of bring back the sun. I wasnâ€™t feeling very good in myself and just wanted everything to be well again and Itâ€™s one of the quickest songs Iâ€™ve ever written but it came from a very simple place. Then John did Johnâ€™s genius on it and it turned into something completely different and again working with John is just so easy, itâ€™s a very natural progression from anything else weâ€™ve done before.
Dayanna Guerrero: So itâ€™s safe to say that it comes very naturally for the both of you?
Audrey Gallagher: With John yeah, we have that kind of relationship where we work really well together and kind of know what each other likes and what kind of moods will inspire and heâ€™s a good person to work with. Itâ€™s very relaxing to work with John.
Dayanna Guerrero: Wow. Thatâ€™s really good to hear. Its very interesting when you hear that kind of dynamic between two artists.
Audrey Gallagher: He just kind of knows if he has written a piece of music or some chords, he knows that its something that I would like or something that I would respond to so he will send it to me. Itâ€™s a really nice way to work and he trusts me as well which is great. He trusts the work that I will do on his music which is always a good feeling to have.
Dayanna Guerrero: You got into dance music through a project with Neal Calderwood called “Lima“. After you had submitted a few tracks to radio stations you heard back from none other than Agnelli & Nelson, what was the first thing that came to your mind when hearing from them?
Audrey Gallagher: I had no idea who they were. I had no clue who they were. My background is rock music so it was quite strange to hear from someone in a completely different genre. But at that time Iâ€™d been known in the music industry for three or four years and I just decided that I didnâ€™t want to do it anymore and when Chris and Robbie got in touch I thought why not? Why not do this just for fun or just to see what will happen and it was a great experience working with both of them. They are great musicians and Robbie in particular has a great ear for melody and Chris is a great producer. So we just messed around with it and I went down to their studio and played and brought my little 4-track with me that I had recorded on and played them what Iâ€™d done and thankfully they seemed to like it and we went down and did the video, it was just really good fun but after that I really didnâ€™t think about doing any more tracks until the track with John came along. So there was quite a big gap between the two. It was about three years between the two songs.
Dayanna Guerrero: A common misconception, and according to your twitter, a pet peeve of yours is……”featuring Audrey Gallagherâ€. John Oâ€™Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher, Filo & Peri Feat. Audrey Gallagher, isn’t it true that you do a lot more than just sing?
Audrey Gallagher: Yeah it is a pet peeve of mine. I think when I first came into dance music I didnâ€™t really have an understanding of what featuring meant or of the whole way that EDM worked, I write all of my melodies, I write all the lyrics, all the vocals are recorded and produced here in my studio so every producer gets back a full set of finished/produced vocals, including back-end vocals. So in terms of featuring, â€œFeaturingâ€ suggest that youâ€™ve been given something, youâ€™ve sang it and you youâ€™ve handed it back so I think people arenâ€™t really aware. Itâ€™s not just me, I think most what we call vocalist (â€œvocalistâ€ is another term I have a problem with) just kind of sings and that is all you do, you just vocalize. But so many artists are writers; so many vocalists actually write, produce, record their own vocals and help with arrangements and that kind of thing. So the featuring thing and the vocalist thing I would like to see go back unless as a vocalist that is what you do and thatâ€™s fair enough. I know that most of the vocalists I know are more than that.
Dayanna Guerrero: Right. Now youâ€™ve worked with some of the biggest names in trance music like Armin van Buuren, John Oâ€™Callaghan and Agnelli & Nelson. Do you have any personal favorites?
Audrey Gallagher: No I couldnâ€™t say they are all so different. So many people have asked me this and I know that tyDi, the little sweetheart, said that I was his favorite person to write with and I wondered how could you say that when you write with so many people?
Dayanna & Audrey Gallagher: (Laughs)
Audrey Gallagher: Theyâ€™ve seen so many things I mean, I have thought about this. Like John, I suppose bring my darker side I would imagine. The work I do with John is quite dark. tyDi – the love song side of me seems to come out when I write with tyDi. Filo & Peri itâ€™s a kind of hopeful sort of vibe from the music they send and Armin when he sent â€œHold Onto Meâ€ it was the most beautiful acoustic and guitar part that Eller had written that brought out a suppose again another kind of a hopeful sensitive side. Theyâ€™re all so different but when I get tracks sent from each of them I get very excited about what kind of sense Iâ€™m going to get from this. If I had to say, I would say John Oâ€™Callaghan simply because Johnâ€™s the longest relationship that Iâ€™ve had in terms of writing and also tyDi – heâ€™s just great, a musical genius and gentlemen all around.
Dayanna Guerrero: Either way I believe your songs have a tendency to touch the hearts of so many people, what is the writing process like for you? And is there a particular song that you finished recording and said to yourself oh man Iâ€™m so good!
Dayanna & Audrey Gallagher: (Laughs)
Audrey Gallagher: I wish! For me, and I donâ€™t know if its like this for a lot of other writers, its not a very easy process. I donâ€™t find it that joyous, the actual process. It usually start when obviously someone send me a piece of music and its really what the chords inspire and the sense of the production inspires. Lyrically, I donâ€™t really write anything down, I just work through songs so I vocalize a lot until the words star to come together and then take them into the studio when I think theyâ€™re almost ready. When you say â€œis there any song where you say God, Iâ€™m goodâ€ I think Iâ€™m very lucky that I work with a great producer and Neal Calderwood vocally records and produces my vocals and whatever he does. I go in and I listen to the final mix and hit play and the light are off and I have a I have it really, really loud and I go â€œOh God I wrote thatâ€ sometimes thatâ€™s the thing – â€œI wrote that, I canâ€™t believe I wrote that. And its always great when other people connect with it because essentially I write for myself but when other people connect with it and find something in it then honestly itâ€™s the most wonderful thing in the world to have people to respond the way they do and Iâ€™m very lucky that people for the most part have responded very positively and are touched by the music. Thatâ€™s what music is for I suppose.
Dayanna Guerrero: Right, I mean I think you had on your Facebook posted some people who actually had tattooed some of their lyrics to their skin so I know that definitely your lyrics have touched the hearts of a lot of people.
Audrey Gallagher: Thatâ€™s a very emotional thing when somebody does that touched me I think more than anything.
Dayanna Guerrero: According to your Facebook you are in the midst of finishing a track with Mark Eteson, care to elaborate?
Audrey Gallagher: Ive been friends with Mark for four years now and we met at a Godskitchen event. Shortly after the writing of â€œBig Skyâ€ and I was playing live gigs with John, Mark was also on the scene and we got along so well, really, really well. We like the same things, we like the same television programs, same movies. So we got along really well and heâ€™s been on my case for so long to write a song together, but Iâ€™m really lazy and then he sent me, I think, one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard, absolutely beautiful and I thought yeah okay Iâ€™m going to do this. So I asked, â€œDonâ€™t send this to anyone else Mark pleaseâ€ so he said no, no I wrote it for you, especially for you. Itâ€™s really nice but itâ€™s taken me and Mark four years to get to this point.
Dayanna Guerrero: Wow!
Dayanna & Audrey Gallagher: (Laughs)
Audrey Gallagher: But it will be worth it. Iâ€™m a great believer in good things come over time.
Dayanna Guerrero: Iâ€™m sure it will! So, any chance that you will be finishing it up pretty soon?
Audrey Gallagher: I hope so. Heâ€™s been very patient; heâ€™s been waiting for four years so he can wait for another couple of days.
Dayanna & Audrey Gallagher: (Laughs)
Audrey Gallagher: Great! I mean everyone I have worked with Iâ€™ve had a great experience and they contacted me again I think this time through Facebook and for the first time these were guys that I actually knew who they were so I was kind of star truck when they asked me to write. I was like â€œOh my gosh, Filo & Periâ€ so Dom sent me loads of little things, heâ€™s great, he has so many ideas and constantly has ideas. We worked on it and usually it takes me such a long time to write. I mean â€œBig Skyâ€ took six months; Mark Eteson has taken four years, so I wrote â€œThis Nightâ€ in a week. It was finished in a week, all the vocals and the final mix. So for me that was quite unusual so they bring that out in me and weâ€™ve written another track together called â€œFall Togetherâ€ which is just in the final stages of being finished and again, I wrote that in a matter of days. So, I donâ€™t know what it is that Filo & Peri do to me that makes me want to write songs very quickly. Theyâ€™re just very professional Dom and Bo and it just seemed easy so itâ€™s nice to write with them.
Dayanna Guerrero: I heard you were recently in Syria with Grammy nominated DJ Andy Moor, have you been to Syria before? And what was that experience like?
Audrey Gallagher: Iâ€™d never been to Syria before. It was my second visit to the Middle East, I went Lebanon in December but Syria never before and honestly I couldnâ€™t describe how amazing a trip was. We went to Damascus and the leper boats. It was very short, but I was blown away by the beauty, culture, the history, the people, everything about it. Andy Moor is a great person to travel with, I never met him before and we just met on the airport on the way there but again we clicked and got along very well and looked after me the three days that we were away and I had some good conversations with Andy. He is a very talented producer, but Syria I would definitely as soon as I possibly could again.
Dayanna Guerrero: So any plans in the making of going back there?
Audrey Gallagher: I only got back yesterday, so I donâ€™t know yet but I would definitely go on a Holiday there and spend some more time just in Damascus and around the country.
Dayanna Guerrero: As we reach the end of our interview, I have one last question, whatâ€™s next for Audrey Gallagher?
Audrey Gallagher: Loads more studio time, lots more songs to finish, lots more songs to get started on and also trying to work on my own album, on my own tracks. I have a quite a few tracks of my own that I want to get the right people to work with to finalize those tracks and maybe turn it into my own artist album. But weâ€™ll see where that takes me, Iâ€™ve a very slow song writer so anything that I do takes quite a while which is why I only ever release maybe one or two tracks in a year, it takes that long. But I just joined with Jam DJ Management as a booking agent and itâ€™s looking like thereâ€™s going to be a lot more live stuff, a lot more traveling which is good because I love to travel.
Dayanna Guerrero: Maybe back to Syria?
Dayanna & Audrey Gallagher: (Laughs)
Audrey Gallagher: Hopefully back to Syria! I know that Iâ€™ll be going to Malta, Canada and to various other different places that theyâ€™re putting in the pipeline for me. But the main focus is to finish the songs that I have, that Iâ€™m working on at the moment. I canâ€™t say too much about it until they are done but hopefully should be a good year for gigging and a good year for releases as well.
Dayanna Guerrero: Well thatâ€™s great to hear! Well Audrey, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us and letting us into your world. We canâ€™t wait to see what else you have in store for us this year! Thank you!
Audrey Gallagher: Thank you very much for having me. Itâ€™s been fun.