Kormac composes music for poet, Stephen James Smith’s ‘What If?’ / Focus Ireland

Watch below – Kormac has composed new music and collaborated with poet, Stephen James Smith for Focus Ireland’s #EndYouthHomeless campaign.

“Stephen asked me to compose music to underscore a poem he has written for this hugely important campaign. I was delighted to work with him again after his contributions to my Equivalent Exchange orchestral project at Vicar Street, Other Voices and Electric Picnic. “

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‘New Day’ shortlisted for Cannes Lions, Webby and ICAD awards.

We were delighted to learn that the video for Kormac’s latest single, ‘New Day’ feat. Jack O’ Rourke has been shortlisted at the prestigious Cannes Lions and also picked up an ICAD ward. Earlier in the year it had been given a Vimeo Staff Pick ,was nominated for Webby and Kinsale Shark awards. Huge congrats to all the guys at Boys & Girls, Three Ireland, William Armstrong and everyone that worked so hard on the project.

The video explores train surfing in Zimbabwe. Watch below.

 

 

Kormac Remix Nominated for Choice Music Prize Song of the Year

For the second time, Kormac’s been nominated for the Choice Music Prize Song of the Year gong.

His remix of Saint Sister’s beautiful, Causing Trouble feat. Jafaris was included in a list of very heavy hitters.

You can vote for Kormac x Saint Sister x Jafaris here and/or watch them perform the track at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre below.

Kormac Announces Headline Dublin Show for February

 

SELECTIVE MEMORY PRESENT

 

KORMAC & FRIENDS

 

The Button Factory  – Saturday, February 23rd 2019

Tickets Go On Sale This Friday 25 January at 9 am

 

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One of Irish Dance Music’s most inspirational and unique producers and DJs– The Star

One of Ireland’s most exciting and innovative musicians – Hot Press

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Selective Memory present KORMAC AND FRIENDS live this February.

 

One of Ireland’s most sought after producers, live acts and originators of live club performances, Kormac brings a brand new show to the Button Factory on Saturday, February 23rd 2019.

Performing alongside a host of special guests including Loah, Jack O’Rourke, Claire Young and members of his Big Band, Kormac will also debut a brand new solo AV show, aimed squarely at the dance floor featuring custom made visuals shown across multiple screens.

This hotly anticipated show will be Kormac’s first headline date since his sold out Vicar Street show last March. He will be performing new material, some of which was written for the mammoth “Equivalent Exchange” Vicar Street show with Irish Chamber Orchestra alongside tracks from Doorsteps and Word Play.

Kormac has racked up over 20 million Spotify streams while his recent collaborations with Jafaris, Saint Sister, Jack O’ Rourke and Loah have seen massive radio play. He has sold out shows across the UK and Ireland and been nominated for the Choice Music Prize. 2019 will see Kormac bring his new show to the Button Factory on Saturday 23 February 2019.

Loah – Cortege (Kormac Remix) Out Now

Kormac remix of Loah’s stunning track Cortege has been released into the world. Have a read about it below and stream the track on Spotify here.

Irish-Sierra Leonean artist Loah (real name Sallay Matu Garnett) is known for a distinctive sound that blends her African and Irish roots together to form tracks that are totally unique and individual to her. She released her first long-form project in the form of a six-track EP last year, This Heart and now it is getting a new lease of life in a brand new remix EP.

“Cortège is a song that was prompted by deep loss. It is about the curious and gentle nature of the feminine spirit, what it means, what it adds to our lives – qualities like nurturing, acceptance and unconditional love. The language it’s sung is in Sherbro, my Sierra Leonean grandfather’s native tongue. I was very honoured to have Kormac remix it as he brings his personal experience, depth of emotional character and profound musicality to the work.”
Track: Loah – Cortége (Kormac Remix)
EP: This Heart (Remixes)
Label: Reckless Records
Released: December 14th 2018

‘New Day’ Video Awarded Vimeo Staff Pick

We’re delighted that the brand new video for  ‘New Day’ has been awarded a Staff Pick from Vimeo. Delighted for director, William Armstrong and everyone that worked so hard on it. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here. It’s had almost 750,000 views across all platforms in the three short weeks it’s been out, which we’re chuffed about.
“A film about a young man caught between the responsibility of adulthood and the desire to escape it. Based on train surfers of South Africa who dodge lines and dance on the rooftops of commuter trains for the thrill and reputation”

Kormac brings Equivalent Exchange to Electric Picnic

Kormac will be bringing his brand new show, Equivalent Exchange, with the Irish Chamber Orchestra to Electric Picnic, closing the Other Voices stage on Sunday. He’ll be joined on stage by Kormac’s Big Band, Loah, Shahab and Shayan Coohe, Jack O’ Rourke and Stephen James Smith.

 

Equivalent Exchange’s creative concept is a new departure for Kormac. He has relinquished the writing and creative processes he has practiced over the last few years to try a completely new approach, embracing his new orchestral training to discover a whole new way of working, with a chamber orchestra at his fingertips and a new sonic palette to explore. In 2017 Kormac decamped to Bulgaria to study under Europe’s leading composers, conductors and orchestrators to put himself firmly out of his comfort zone in order to break new musical ground.

The principle of ‘Equivalent Exchange’ states that in order to gain something new you must first sacrifice something of equal value. Kormac has applied this to his own writing process, forgoing his usual way of working but also in how he is working with the artists he is collaborating with for the show, bringing them songs and ideas at an earlier stage than he normally would. In this way, he is giving up his usual level of control over the songwriting, allowing the collaboration to develop something completely new.

Kormac debuted the show in March 2018 to a sold out Vicar Street with show visuals designed by leading Irish artist, Maser. It was the closing show of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

Kormac Hits 10 Million Spotify Streams

We got the word from Spotify during the week that we’ve hit 10 million streams. Wow! Thanks so much for listening!

Check the brand new single, New Day feat. Jack O’ Rourke at your favourite streaming site here

Announcing: Equivalent Exchange

I’ve been dying to tell you for ages. Over the last year, I’ve written an album’s worth of material for an orchestra. We’ll be performing it live in Vicar Street on Bank Holiday Sunday, March 18th with The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Kormac’s Big Band and a host of collaborators. I’m thrilled to have MASER on board, he’s produced this wonderful image and will be working with me on show visuals. Loah and Eimar Noone are the first musical collaborators to be announced with loads more to be revealed soon. We’re delighted that this will be the closing show of St. Patrick’s Festival Ireland. Huge thanks to Karen and the team for all their work so far. Tickets go on sale this Friday here