Multi-talented O’Shea strikes a chord with his music in Japan

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They say that men can’t multi-task, but there is one man who can dispel that belief in one fell swoop.

Enter ‘Lo Shea’ – aka Liam O’Shea. O’Shea is producer, artist, musician, event curator – you name it, he does it. And next week the artist releases his latest album, Seaghdha, which is Gaelic for O’Shea.

O’Shea has been writing music for almost two decades.

His latest foray into writing, recording and performing was as UMSD – a solo act in which he played heavy rock guitar with electronic loops, fast beats and crazed vocals. It was frenzied, hectic and attention grabbing.

But since 2012, O’Shea has changed musical direction and, under his new moniker, has released a more minimalist record. And next week he takes his music to Japan.

“I am very very excited about that and no idea how or why but my music has really struck a chord in Japan. I’ll be playing at one of the best known nightclubs there and it will be a live show.”

On the back of his Japanese following, Lo Shea 
was picked up by an agency operating in Japan 
which specialises in secret gigs.

“They just contacted me and it’s all taken off since then,” he says.

But Seaghdha isn’t being released in a conventional manner.

“It’s a limited release and it will be track by track for a while, with all the numbers in Gaelic.”

There are 10 tracks in total and they will only be released digitally. But Lo Shea’s happy with that.

He says: “I’ve been working on the tracks since 2012 so I am very excited about 
releasing them in this way.”

In terms of subject matter, the songs are about Lo Shea’s experience of music.

“It’s about being around and soaking up electronic music over the past 20 years.

“It’s my own interpretation of house and techno from all over the UK but looking at it from a Sheffield perspective.”

But it’s a low-key affair.

“As you can tell by the ‘lo’ in the name, it’s downbeat, it’s not frantic like the stuff I did under the UMSD name.”

“But I’m enjoying the change of direction and really looking forward to playing in Japan.”

Lo Shea travels to Japan next week.

l For details about Seaghdha visit https://www.facebook.com/LoSheaSheffield