TILT, the live music showcase and professional development programme fronted by Dublin City FM's John Barker in partnership with The Button Factory and The Sound Training College is set to celebrate twenty live events with a brand new compilation album via Bandcamp featuring 20 tracks recorded live in The Button Factory from some of Ireland's finest up-and-coming acts including Gurriers, Floor Show, Skinner and Last Apollo.
"‘Tilt the live event began with a meeting between me and Dave Christophers (principal of Sound Training Centre) and Steve Caffrey (production manager of Tilt). We recognised that there was a lack of full band showcase events in Dublin and that Tilt could become a regular platform for new or established acts to showcase their music - at a well run event in a beautiful venue," explains John Barker when we catch up with him in TILT's home The Button Factory.
"I also liked the idea of having a large team involved. At each Tilt students from STC get the opportunity to learn how a live event works - working with professionals in every aspect of the event."
More than simply a good night out TILT provides training and professional development opportunities for both the students in the Sound Training College and the bands themselves with each act receiving a day of pre-production prior to the show and a professional live performance video recorded in The Button Factory.
This month's event features Havvk, Onion Boys and the debut live performance from ex-Bitch Falcon guitarist Lizzie Fitzpatrick's new electronic vehicle coolgirl.
"There are three great acts performing at our 20th live event," says Steve Caffrey excitedly. "HAVVK are well known in the Irish music scene having released two albums and performed all around the country. Onion Boys are a fun-loving new six-piece with energetic songs and coolgirl, the electronic moniker of Lizzy Fitzpatrick will be performing for the first time live."
Although TILT is very much a team exercise with each member fulfilling a vital role, John Barker is in charge of the overall vibe. "I choose the acts that perform at each event. I do a lot of research from all the new music sent in to me every week for the radio show and by going to a lot of gigs." he explains of the process behind the event which has been going from strength to strength.
"We’ve definitely seen a larger audience attending each Tilt since the end of the restrictions last year. That’s what we want - for music fans to come to the event every month knowing they’re going to see three great acts. We want Tilt to have the reputation for being the ‘must-see’ new music showcase event in the city."
The fact that TILT is celebrating 20 live shows with an album is testament to the events increased popularity and John and Steve hope to take TILT on the road in the near future by bringing it to festivals.
Veteran broadcaster John Barker who was christened "Lord Mayor of Irish music" by Fight Like Apes' MayKay returned to the airwaves last year bringing his wealth of knowledge of the Irish music scene to Dublin City FM
"I started Tilt the radio show on Dublin City FM last August and it’s helped me promote the live event a lot more but having Tilt the live event do so well has helped bring a bigger audience to the radio show."
"We’re giving away 100 CDs and guitar plecs to the first 100 people" explains Steve ahead of Tuesday's event in The Button Factory
Tilt 20 featuring performances from Havvk, Onion Boys and Coolgirl live in The Button Factory this Tuesday (April 25th). Free Entry.