Upon learning of U2’s material as a young musician, Padjo became inspired to change the world one rock song at a time. Exclaiming that ‘a catchy guitar riff or a lyrical masterpiece makes you feel you’re alive when you hear it’. It was that feeling Padjo wanted to capture in his own music and share with everyone. Having grown up in the idyllic surroundings of County Clare, in the west of Ireland, he has written songs tirelessly since he was a teenager and has formed numerous bands throughout school and college where he studied in Galway. A city known for its nurturing of musical talent.
Having honed his skillset, he decided he was going to give it everything in 2019 and began writing and recording, readying himself to share his tapestry of carefully crafted music by the means of a debut album.
The timing was not great, but he believes the end result is a testament to perseverance and the essence of this shines through on the album. Citing major influences such as legendary guitar riff bands and artists like U2, Oasis, Bon Jovi, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen and any artist who unapologetically sets out to impact the world by telling their story.”
You find yourself immersed in the moment, totally present. Almost an out of body experience.” So says Padjo Dolan of the experiences which informed his latest release, ‘Rings of Saturn’. A moving, anthemic single, it relates Dolan’s experience of buying his first car as a teenager, and cruising around his town’s backroads with a feeling of complete freedom.
“I had bought this Japanese import. Totally illegal on the road,” he confesses, smiling. “I tore up the road, day and night. My girlfriend in the car beside me - it was a moment of magic. As for the name, about Saturn – I felt so free I could have been in outer space.”
“Life is short, and those moments of magic are what make it worth living.” Dolan believes.
"When your young is hard to tell , but your parents thought you well.
Take no nonsense, go where your heart is"