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This article was first published on CLUAS in February 2008

Interviews with the Choice Music Prize nominees

CLUAS interviews 8 of the acts nominated for the Choice Music Award...

Choice Music Prize 2007

Now in its third year, the Choice Music Prize is well on its way to establishing itself as a key milestone on the Irish music scene's calendar. So far the albums shortlisted for the Prize have collectively represented a dynamic and eclectic cross-section of Irish music releases since 2005. And 2007 is no exception. The 2007 nominees comprise a diverse and intriguing mix of Irish albums released last year. The 12 judges sure have their work cut out for them in choosing a winner, who will be announced in Vicar Street on 27 February 2008 (all of the 10 nominated acts are confirmed to play on the night).

Always going that extra 1609 metres for its readers CLUAS prepared a set of 10 questions for each act nominated for the 2007 award. We've so far gotten replies from 8 of the 10 acts, check out the links below to read their answers:

Here's the list of questions we asked each act:

  1. Give us a little synopsis of about how this album came about and what was it like writing and recording it?
  2. How do you feel about the idea of music awards in general?
  3. Do you feel winning the award will enhance your career?
  4. Your favourite album from those also nominated for the Prize?
  5. Do you think the idea of the album is a little antiquated in these days of single track downloading and plummeting CD sales?
  6. Do you feel the Irish music scene is in a healthy state at the moment?
  7. Best gig you went to in 2007?
  8. Plans for 2008?
  9. How are changes in technology influencing how you record, distribute or publicise your music?
  10. A lesser known, non-music, website (or two) you'd recommend to CLUAS readers?