Nobody ever said the music industry was going to be easy. The reality for artists trying to make it is that there are, on average, over 20,000 new songs uploaded to Spotify, Apple Music, and other major music streaming services every day.
It’s a figure that upcoming artists may not want to hear but can’t ignore, however, it still doesn’t stop some artists from trying to make it.
Throughout the chaotic wildness and drunken affairs that are associated with Dublin city nightlife, there is also the hard and often inspiring work created by the nightclub DJ’s, among them are a group called LOST, a faction of upcoming DJ’s, some with close links to DCU.
Rossa Doherty, who goes by the DJ name “Pagan” recalls the grassroots of the group and where it all started.
“LOST began at the end of my first year in college. Despite being focused on running our own nights, our first regular gig was actually run by someone else, and we were booked as the resident DJ’s in Opium on Wednesday nights. Those initial first gigs were a great starting off point, as we had to quickly adapt to each other’s style of DJ’ing, as well as curating the line-up in the fairest way we could.” he said.
“Then, just before the Christmas break, we finally found a venue that would take us and we began planning for our Dublin launch night.”
From the beginning, LOST knew they had to stand out if they wanted any sort of longevity, so they invested the money they had earned from the opium residency into the production side of the night.
“The event ran really smoothly in the end, and I think as a result of our efforts in finding a unique venue, having the place look great, and our residents playing great sets, there was a good buzz about LOST from that point on. We went on to run two more sold-out events that semester, as well as being booked for a variety of other student events, like the Style Soc’s Fashion Show afterparty, and the student race day after-party in Tramline,” Doherty said.
However, no great business goes without its challenges and difficulties, and the music business is no exception. There is no denying that it’s a strange time to be a collective in Dublin. On one hand, you’ve got the biggest number of people that enjoy house and techno that the country has seen in maybe 20 years, as is demonstrated with the success of festivals like Life and Boxed Off. However, it’s becoming harder and harder for smaller collectives like LOST to put on shows in Dublin.
“DJ’s fees are rising astronomically, more competition seems to be cropping up weekly, and worst of all, all of our favourite clubs are shutting down. Venues like Hangar, or smaller ones like the Bernard Shaw and South William, are a terrible loss for the city. These days, we’re having to book venues months in advance, or take chances on dates that could be dodgy, just because you won’t get a venue otherwise,” said Doherty.
LOST however, hope to continue their hard work into 2020 with their first night in Wigwam, one of Dublin’s most iconic underground venues, on December 12th. As well as that, LOST hope to continue to bring international guests over.
“Despite the ups and downs, it’s a great feeling being able to book an act that you’ve loved for ages, and then showing your crowd why they should love them too! We’re still loving what we do, and are looking forward to growing LOST in 2020,” said Doherty.