Rob O’Connor

Rob O’Connor

Rob presents Irishbeats every Sunday from 8-10pm.

1. Where are you from?
Waterford (bai!)

2. What do you do at Beat? Your typical day…
I present Irish Beats, the programme that showcases emerging and established Irish music. I usually arrive in on Sunday afternoon and get the show together, maybe meeting up with some guests for later. There’s a great crew on Sundays on Beat and we often have a laugh, making stupid videos and posting them on Facebook. On a serious note, the real work for Irish Beats is done every day – that’s listening to the huge amount of great Irish music that’s coming out at the moment. It’s impossible to get through everything but I do my best. The hard part isn’t deciding what music to put into the radio show, it’s deciding what I have to leave out!

3. What does your perfect day look like?
A lie-in, a 5km run followed by a swim, then a lazy breakfast with a suitably soothing soundtrack. Doing something nice with the kids, maybe visiting one of the fantastic spots in the South East. Then home for a lazy evening with something nice to eat. One of my favourite ways to relax is cooking a nice meal, with a totally random selection of music blaring from the kitchen speakers. Ever made paella to an angry post-rock soundtrack? You should!

4. How would your friends describe you?
About 6 foot tall, scruffy with a ridiculous amount of unkempt hair.

5. Recommend one place in the South East that, to you, is a ‘must-see’.
Dunmore East. It’s just gorgeous.

6. Where is the most memorable place you have travelled to in the world and why?
Experiencing 24 hour daylight in Lulea, Northern Sweden was pretty impressive. The landscape was spectacular, but the constant brightness really screwed with my head. It was like something out of a dream.

7. Tell us one thing that might surprise us about you.
I can do a brilliant impression of Donald Duck.

8. If you were a superhero, what special powers would you have?
Chronoman, with the ability to manipulate time so I can get more stuff done. I’d also like a cool cape, thank you.

9. Who is your favourite music artist (band or solo) and why?
No such thing. I change my mind constantly on “favourites”. Same goes for films, tv shows, etc. It depends on the mood.

10. Name that one track everyone should listen to……
Serotonin – Simple Kid. Everything you need to know about life is expressed in that song.