Having just released their Choice Music Award Album of the Year, Ocean of Frequency, in Australia, independent Irish outfit Jape recently passed through town as the support act for Dappled Cities. Led by songwriter Richie Egan and joined by bandmate Glenn Keating, Jape introduced local audiences to the band’s assorted blend of synth-drenched electronica pop-folk.
To understand the origins of Jape is to learn about the Dublin independent music movement. It was the DYI mentality of the indie scene that shaped Egan and his many bands, including Jape. Egan talks of Dublin’s relative remoteness from the rest of the world’s musical landscape and how 15 years ago, before the Internet reached his humble city, to be in a band meant to be independent.
Forever leaving Egan with a punk ethos of working outside the mainstream, the spirited musician now travels the world on his own terms, playing the music he lives to write. To discover more about Dublin’s independent scene, be sure to check out the doco A Joyful Slog, and to discover more about Jape, check out the interview above.