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Side Saddle – Astoria, NY

“Like there isn’t anything to keep me from you…eternally barged in on my routine reverie and I have wasted a legion of seemingly good opportunities but waste I will no more you’ll find my steady hand reaching for you”

1.  Name: Ian Patrick McGuinness

     Age: 28

     Where are you writing this?  In my living room.

 

2.  Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours. 

 Right now home is Astoria, NY and I love it. I live in a 3-bedroom apartment with two of my old band-mates. It’s close to the rehearsal space, the studio and the bakery. What more could you need? I grew up in the suburbs of New York (About an hour upstate from the City). My father was and still is an equine teacher and caretaker of 20 horses and my mother is a nurse. I have an older sister and of course there is Kizzy, a golden retriever. Growing up, band practice was always in the basement of my house so it was consistently loud and full of kids. When we weren’t practicing, we were outside. We had a nice backyard and patio so we could play out there and grill in the summer. It was a pretty ideal situation.

  a sude xmas

3.  How did Side Saddle come to be? 

I started writing some songs that were a little too folky for the band that I was in and I was looking for a bit of a change. I decided to start a side project.

 

4.  When did you know that music was going to be such a big part of your life? 

I’m not sure when that moment happened. It always seemed to be the one thing I could do for a long period of time and not get bored or distracted by something else. But if I had to pick a moment it was probably when my neighbor/family friend Vivian gave me her late husbands Tascam 4 track. I sat down and wrote my first complete song and you know what… it wasn’t that bad.

 

5. You must be filled with excitement with the release of your debut EP titled The Postcard. 

I am suuuuuuuper excited! It has been a long time coming. I started recording some of these songs last May so it will feel like a huge weight off my shoulders for sure.

side saddle artwork

 

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ORLY- Sydney, Australia/ New York

Photos by Marvin Joseph
Hair & Make Up by Rhonda May 
Artwork by Galya Kay

Seamlessly blending the essence of soul with the sophistication of blues, Australian songstress ORLY burst onto the scene with the debut of her self­-titled EP in 2009. Armed with a transcendent voice, relateable lyrics, and a profound passion for music, ORLY quickly established herself as an emerging young voice in soul, touring throughout the world winning over fans with her impassioned performances.

Distraction latest Album by ORLY Available HERE

1. Home is where your story begins, can you tell us a bit about yours?

I grew up in the most beautiful city in the world, Sydney, Australia, with the greatest family ever. 

2. How did Music find you?

My sister is 9 years older than me. She played piano as a kid. She would sit for what I remember to be hours, playing Billy Joel songs on the piano and sing along. I’d hide behind her and watch her practice and was completely mesmerised. Once she walked away, I’d sit on the piano stool and pretend to be as good as her. By the time I was 4 or 5, I begged my parents to get me a piano teacher. That’s where it started… 

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