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Cormac Daly, Co-founder Real Fear Records

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:59am

Name and position: Cormac Daly, Co-founder Real Fear Records

Age: 33

Lives: Cork

Family: None

Pets: None

Favourite thing about Cork: The people

Least favourite thing about Cork: They keep shutting down all the interesting artist-run spaces

One thing you’d change about Cork: The traffic

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

A superhero or a rock star. Still working on the first one!

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I work as a live music promoter, band manager and sound/mix engineer. Starting a label with the band I manage was a natural step. Before that, I played in bands for years and travelled a bit. I never even thought about the idea of having a career until I was 30. Then I realised I had to move fast!

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

It's different every day. No two days are alike. I love music, and I get to see a lot of amazing shows and all of the ‘behind the curtain’ moments. I love working with artists. They are the most interesting people, and my job is basically to help them achieve their vision.

What motivates you?

Trying to do something meaningful with my life, and trying to have fun while I'm doing it. We're not here for a very long time!

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Drop out of school and play guitar, baggy pants are impractical for Irish weather, and don't listen to anyone who tells you what you ‘should’ be doing.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

I have a degree in politics and economics, so probably working in a bank or university. Sometimes I think about going back to study.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Starting a small company and not going bust in a year was pretty cool.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

It has to be my parents. The older you get the more you see how you take after them. I'm proud of both of them so it's definitely a good thing (I think!)

What is the life dream now?

A small cottage with a few chickens and goats, with a couple of million in the bank.

How do you switch off?

I tend to be on all the time, but every once in a while I love to get out of the city and hit the reset button. It's amazing how much a calm environment and an experience of nature can affect you positively. Other than that I listen to Joe Rogan.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Soon after I moved to the city, I met an amazing group of people who I became very close friends with. Some of us would volunteer and run gigs in Cork Community Print Shop. It was a very inspiring time for me, and a huge part of my life now comes directly from what we were doing there.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Hard to say. I think I love the county as much as the city. Cork is an amazing place. People here are very lucky!

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

‘The only thing I know is that I know nothing’ – Socrates

When are you at your happiest?

Flat out working a great gig or event. There is nothing like the buzz you get from a killer show coming together.

Any regrets?

I should have dropped out of school and played guitar.

What is your hidden talent?

I love writing. I don't have the time to really develop it much, but I try to write down my thoughts. I'd love to come back to it more seriously later on.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I love MMA and once fought in a cage. Again, I don't have a lot of time right now, but it's something I would love to go back to later on.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Just my new website, The first release will be Happyalone’s next single ‘GO SLOW’ on 7 December, and we will be having a launch party in Dali on Thursday 6 December.

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