We had the absolute pleasure of chatting with the music industry's own Dan Hegarty. Dan released his first book Buried Treasure in 2015 and is excited to release the second volume. Here is what Dan has to say about the process of writing a book and digging for Buried Treasure.
HOW DO YOU NARROW DOWN WHAT CHOICES YOU MAKE FOR BURIED TREASURE VOLUME 2? IS IT A LONG PROCESS OR IS IT AS SIMPLE AS PULLING UP YOUR ITUNES AND LOOKING THROUGH YOUR MUSIC?
Selecting what albums that went into this book was relatively straightforward, although I could get all the albums that I wanted in there unfortunately. You would think that being able to feature 50 albums would be enough, but it never is! I have no say over what the contributor’s selected, so that made things a little easier.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ALBUM FROM BURIED TREASURE VOLUME 2 AND WHY?
The answer to this probably changes from day to day! The first album that I wrote about was the self-titled Interference album. The first time I heard this, it made me stop what I was doing. The musicianship on it is amazing, and Fergus O’Farrell’s vocals are stunning.
WRITING AND RELEASING A BOOK TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY, SO DOES WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE YOU TO DO A WRITE UP FOR EACH ALBUM AS WELL AS REACHING OUT TO CONTRIBUTORS?
Having the opportunity to have a career which allows you to listen to and write about music is something that I never take for granted. Each piece in the book is different; some came together very quickly, while others took months to finish off. When you have to get quotes and information from different people can take time, so you have to be patent and hopeful that it all comes together. Luckily it did on most cases with volume two of the book.
THERE’S A LOT OF VARIETY IN THE GENRES FROM THE BOOK INCLUDING PUNK, ELECTRONIC, INDIE, AND ALTERNATIVE. WOULD YOU SAY THIS BOOK IS TARGETED TOWARD PASSIONATE MUSIC FANS ONLY OR TO EVERYDAY PEOPLE LOOKING OR SOMETHING NEW?
It’s definitely a book for people that are into music. I think most people that are fans of music like all sorts of different styles. The idea of writing a book about just guitar-based music, or just electronic music wouldn’t interest me.
I’d like to think that anyone with a passing interest in music could look through this book and discover, or rediscover music that they used to love.
DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS OR REFERRALS ON WHERE FANS NOW A DAYS CAN FIND “BURIED TREASURE” OF THEIR OWN?
I always say to people that they should look into this thing that we call ‘the past’; there is all sorts of wonderful music there! There are so many ways that you can hear about new music, and music that is new to you. Streamings services are so handy, but you can’t underestimate more traditional things like Radio and books.
As for albums featured in this book; start with Ben Lee’s ‘Breathing Tornados’, and randomly select pages after that; you’re almost guaranteed to find some music that you’ll love.
SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT BEING A MUSICIAN IS ALSO HALF BEING A WRITER. NOW, SOME PEOPLE WOULDN'T FULLY AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT, BUT WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS? ARE YOU A REGULAR WRITER OR MORE CASUAL WRITER?
I’m not sure about that statement, as I’ve never written a song, and if I did, I wouldn’t imagine that it would be a very good one! I try and write every day, even a couple of lines. I find that you get rusty otherwise. Aside from that, it’s fun to write, and very therapeutic at times.
IT SEEMS YOU HAVE A LARGE LIBRARY OF MUSIC AND MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE. HOW MUCH SEARCHING FOR NEW UNHEARD MUSIC DO YOU DO CURRENTLY?
When you have an interest or passion for something, you automatically are on the look-out for what ever it is; be it a book, music, or movie. As for knowledge, putting a book like this together shows you that you only know a fraction of what there is to know.
Apps like Shazam are great for finding out what a tune is that you hear where ever you are. It can save you trying to find out by having to ask someone. I’m constantly trying to come across music that I haven’t heard before. It doesn’t have to be brand new, just new to me. Music isn’t a status symbol for me, so if I happen to like something, it doesn’t matter what genre that it might fall into.
WHO ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES GROWING UP AND WHEN DID IT CLICK THAT YOU WANT TO WORK IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Dave Fanning’s radio show sound-tracked those long dark evenings when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I paid more attention to what he was playing and saying than the homework, which I truly hated! MTV had a really big impact on me too – music videos had become a integral part of how people perceived songs, and I jumped right into this magical world.
Much later TV shows like No Disco fascinated me – I loved the seemingly carefree playlists that they brought to us. It was such a champion of Irish and international music that didn’t get the coverage that it deserved elsewhere.
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career until my mid-to-late teens, and there was never anything other than being involved with music. I always loved Radio, and I grew to love writing, so I had to try and make it happen, and luckily it did.
9ARE THERE ANY ALBUMS THAT JUST MISSED THE CUT, AND IF SO COULD YOU NAME A FEW OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD?
I don’t think that it would be fair to list any, but yes there are. The reason that Buried Treasure Vol 2 started was because I couldn’t feature all the albums that I wanted, so you never know, there could be a Vol. 3 at some point...