What is your name?
My name is Brian Dillon and I release music under the pseudonym of The Line.
What is your genre of music?
I dunno, weird noisy electronic songwriter music. Something like that.
Give us a little boi about you.
The Line is the pseudonym of Brian Dillon, musician, sound artist and Irishman. Brian is originally from a small town in rural Ireland and he has never quite been able to escape the lines of identity that separate his life from the lives of others.The wealth of collaborative experience has led to the basis for his new project. Red Blood Cells and Righteousness is a communally created record, built on the creative endeavours of Brian and a number of friends from within the Irish music industry.
What made you go into music?
I’ve played music from a very young age, learning piano from 7 and playing clarinet in a concert band in my small, rural town as a child. When it came time to consider careers and jobs, I realised that I’d never really thought about it. But I always loved music and I was pretty good at it. So I decided to just keep doing that and after a while, you just can’t stop.
Who are your influences?
I have a multitude of musical influences, including Frank Ocean, Sufjan Stevens, Tim Hecker, Grouper, Oneohtrix Point Never, Carly Rae Jepsen and probably loads of others. But they’re the ones that come to mind now.
Are you a signed?
I am not a signed.
You released your new single ‘Patience Of Saints’, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
The single was written by myself and two good friends and erstwhile collaborators, Murli and God Knows. In terms of the meaning, you’d probably have to ask God Knows for specifics, but it was written after the three of us sat down and had a long discussion about faith, community and collaboration. We probably talked about life for a good 3 hours and then wrote the song in about 90 minutes!
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing and recording process like?
Haha. I kind of explained this above. I went to Murli’s house in Limerick and set up my portable studio rig (monitors, mics, interface and synths). We then had a long discussion about the core concepts of the album, such as community, collaboration and faith. And then proceeding the bash the song out in about 90 minutes. Murli sent me a video from the writing session the other day and we were actually walking TV while we were working on it!
Who did you work with on the single?
Murli and Godknows.
We are expected to hear a new album, can you tell us more about the naming of the album, creative process and what to expect.
The album is titled Red Blood Cells and Righteousness and is a reference to a novel called Connect from Irish author Julian Gough. In the book, Gough describes human as being part of a system of systems, within the greater organism of the earth, much like red blood cells in the organism of a human. This idea resonated with me and I see connection between this and James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis, as well as the parenthetical philosophy of GWF Hegel. The album is about the importance of community and attempting to live a righteous, generous, charitable life in a world much bigger than any of us realise.
Do you have any live shows coming up?
Yes, there will be a number of Irish shows coming up – these will be announced on my social media pages soon, along with ticket links for each.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Well, the first frost hasn’t come yet, and I’ll be edging towards middle age by then, so I’ll probably be picking gooseberries in a ditch in rural Ireland, with the intention of making a big batch of jam.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
The Dillon family motto is Dum Spiro Spero, which translates to ‘As I have breath, I have hope’. Pretty good eh?
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My keyboard, my P12 synth, 1 keyboard stand, 1 bag of cables and my autocue pedal.