We here at Sunday Times HQ recently sat down and shared a bottle of Pinot Noir with two thirds of Galway institution Epoch, namely Colin Finnegan and Enda Geoghegan. In between quaffing pate and cheese and entertaining ourselves reminiscing on the boom times we decided, ‘Hey guys, maybe we should do some kind of interview type exchange?’. Given we were 3 bottles deep in the vintage at this stage our memories are a little foggy but we scratched down some notes and managed to get the butler to pull together the below.*
ST: What have you been up to lately?
CF: Lately we have just been doing a lot of residents parties and trying to focus on getting in some DJs from around the country. It was at a stage here in Galway town where there was a guest DJ being brought into the club every Saturday night by various promoters around the town including ourselves so it was a nice respite from that to just showcase homegrown talents such yerselves and Platinum Ray who we would have huge admiration for.
EG: Lately I’ve been trying to replicate Colin’s good looks. It’ll take time but I hope I’ll get there.
ST: How long have you been running Epoch?
CF: Epoch has been running almost two years now. It kind of started out of a gig myself and Lynam ran in the Bierhaus in Galway. I was in college at the time and swindled a silly amount of money out of the DJ society and got Scotty Ferguson over. That turned out to be a serious buzz so we decided to get something going and Epoch was born. At the time Factory wasn’t open so there was no designated space for clubnights in the town really and so there wasn’t all that much happening in the way of house and techno gigs. Enda came on board then a few months later as a way of attracting a larger female audience to the club and haven’t looked back since really.
EG: I’ve been involved with Epoch since Colin and Lynam took pity on me and asked me on board. Worst mistake of their lives.
ST: Do you think Epoch has any influence on modern Geology?
EG: I know nowt about geology, but Ardrahan won the County Junior B championship final last year and that “rocked.
ST: Favourite burrito?
EG: Favourite buritto ever was definitely when I got a chance to have one with Davie D and Gilbert Shteele. Pure class.
ST: You have had a litany of superb guests at Epoch, any favourites or anyone in general you feel the need to take you tops off and shout from the soggy rooftops of Salthill about?
EG: Theo Parrish is a god to me. I think the same about Marcellus Pittman. The man is an unbelievable DJ and producer. I never pack a bag without Theo or Pittman records. Also, Scott Ferguson is one of the best DJs you’re ever going to hear. Everyone needs to book the dude. He’ll blow your minds, kids Don’t know what else to go on about, but I can’t wait for the buzz in Cork. I’m seriously chuffed to play for a night that I’ve so much respect for. Also, Dean’s beard is unreal so I’d like to give that a rub.
Favourite 80′s record?
CF: Tangerine Dream- Exit (Virgin Records)
Favourite 90′s record?
CF: Galaxy 2 Galaxy- Galaxy 2 Galaxy (Underground Resistance)
Favourite 00′s record?
CF: James T. Cotton- Like No One (Spectral Sound)
Favourite naughty record?
CF: Lil’ Louis -French Kiss (Tongue and Tongue mix) (Mathematics Recordings)
Current favourite jam…….Also your current record?
CF: Probably Blacknecks 004… set your tits to rush!
You seem to have a good thing going on at Epoch down at factory, what looks like free reign that balances well with a commercial club, something difficult to perfect these days. How do you think you do it?
EG: From my point of view, the success of the venue as a whole is down to the staff and the focus on quality when it comes to every aspect of the place. Bernard, one of the managers in there is a good example. You can tell from chatting to people like him that there’s a genuine willingness to improve the place all the time. In the last few weeks they’ve set up a new cocktail room, which is the business, and is knocking out some seriously tasty lush. After an investment like that, when you get a call a few weeks later to tell you that there’s a permanent Void system being installed in time for your next gig, as a DJ, promoter or music fan, that’s something that’s going to get you excited.
These kind of improvements seem to be happening across the board all the time, with the end result that the venue can provide a quality night out for people of different tastes.
Because our feedback and opinions are taken into account, we’re going to make an effort to keep our end of the deal as well, because that’s the sound thing to do. We’re also lucky because most DJs/promoters in Galway work for rather than against each other. We’re all mates so we want to see each other doing well. Considering Galway’s a small town I think that’s really important. Not saying things are perfect either, but I think we’re doing okay out Wesht.
At this point we were going off track and Enda diverged into telling us about his fantastic art collection, his sordid tales of nights out on Dublins South Side and his sometimes flamboyant spending on merino wool suits.
Enda, Colin and Lynam play at Sunday Times in the Pavilion this Sunday the 23rd of February. Come in for a Rioja!
*None of the above really happened and this initerview was conducted through facebook messages.