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Emmet Cahill answers the final three questions put to him by Irish Music Daily.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to break into music?
I would say have a very definite idea of what sort of an artist and performer you want to be. Look first of all at your strengths as a performer and really focus on them.
It’s also about identifying your weaknesses and look to see how you can improve them to become a more rounded and versatile performer. I am never afraid of being self-critical. I think it’s very important to do that and always seek to improve, whilst being fair to yourself at the same time. Nothing worthwhile happens overnight so patience with yourself and others too is very important.
I think you have to always be willing to learn from others every single day. There is no one in the music business who knows it all and there is certainly no definite recipe for success. Luck can be a factor sometimes, but I will always believe that hard work and determination, above everything, is most important and will get you there in the end.
Make opportunities happen for yourself, and when you stumble on the one you feel strongest about, grab it with both hands.
What was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
I haven’t had too many embarrassing moments on or off stage just yet. One night on tour my violin bow slipped out of my hand during a song and flew into the crowd, luckily no one was injured! Funny stuff happens on stage every night, sometimes it’s obvious to the audience and sometimes it’s not, but I inevitably laugh regardless. I think I would have an encyclopaedia written if I were to go in to this topic too much. I find it’s very important to be able to laugh at yourself, in every aspect of life and I can tell you I tend to spend a lot of time doing that!
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you?
That is an impossible question to answer. I have been very blessed in my life, most of all to have a wonderful family who support me in whatever I do. Regarding my music career I feel very lucky to be able to live my dream every single day.
That is very much down to people who support and encourage me, in particular the dedicated fans. I am very blessed to have all these wonderful people in my life and I can’t wait to have them with me on the next stage of my career.