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April 19, 2008

Musical Rooms Part 22: Matt Lunson/One Day International

Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 10:33 am
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“Our favourite space to create music in is Exchequor Studios in the centre of Dublin. It’s owned by Nick Seymour from Crowded House and we’ve been lucky enough to avail of it for much of the last year or so. It’s a single room studio with loads of natural light, synths, surrounding food emporiums, a baby grand piano, youtube, a trapeze and a mezzanine that we converted into a “get up there and be quiet while someone else is recording stuff” area.

The most important things for us to have in that space is each other. Although the original ideas for our songs would come in moments of solitude, we’ve been quick to bring them to the group for us to develop together. Much of our album has been written and arranged as we’ve recorded it in this room. The amount of time we spend at Exchequor varies from week to week. Some weeks it’s every day from 11am to 11pm. Other times we’ll mix it up and use a regular rehearsal room or each other’s houses but this is definitely our most productive space. We have to be quite disciplined with our schedule as a couple of our band members also play with Cathy Davey and Jape and so are really busy. So far it’s worked out pretty well though.

As the main lyric writer in the band, isolation is really important in the very early stages of songwriting. Good ideas rarely like a crowded room. Cormac, our piano player, will give me improvised piano pieces and I’ll spend time with them forming a very loose structure and lyric idea. Maybe a couple of verses and a chorus. This might get emailed around and then we’d get together and start arranging and developing it.

The thing we like most about Exchequor is that it’s destination for all of us. Whenever we go there we really feel like we’re there to work. It’s made us more productive than perhaps we otherwise would have been. Credit for this also has to go to Brian Crosby from BellX1 who has worked really closely with us in Exchequor and has helped us make the studio feel like home.”

Born in Tasmania, Matt Lunson has been living and working in Ireland for several years. He realised a very fine debut album, Miss Vaughan, in 2005 and recently he has been collaborating with a new band, One Day International. They support Elbow at Dublin’s Vicar Street on Monday April 21st and Liam Finn at The Whiskey in Cork on Wednesday April 23rd, The Roisin Dubh (Upstairs), Galway on Thursday April 24th and The Sugar Club, Dublin on Friday April 25th. For more information, gig dates and tracks, visit or

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