Singer-songwriter is coming to Fiddler's Green in March
Time Out Bahrain staff
Modern day one man band, Joe Driscoll has been busy creating waves on both sides of the Atlantic effortlessly fusing hip-hop, reggae, soul, folk and roots rock to create a completely original and unique sound. He’s been called ‘an innovator not only for the genre-defying music he creates, but for the groundbreaking way in which he performs it’.
He’s back on the island in March performing at Fiddler’s Green on Thursday 29 (entry BD5) and at the Diplomat brunch the following day. We had a five-minute chat with him to find out what’s in store.
How many times have you visited Bahrain now? This will be my second trip to Bahrain now. I performed here the first time last October.
How does playing here differ from other places? The most noticeable differences for me were the landscape and the weather. New York and London are the two cities I spend the most time in, so to be sitting on a gorgeous beach soaking up sunshine in October was a lovely change of pace. Bahrain is truly beautiful.
What sort of set can we expect from you at Fiddler’s? My set is a take on the modern day one man band, so I record and loop my own beatbox, basslines, harmonies and loads of other instruments live on the spot. The sound is a mix of genres, so it’s a fusion of folk, reggae, rock and hip-hop. It’s a diverse and funky sound.
What have you been up to since you were last here, your latest release garnered a lot of attention, have you been working with other people? Yes, I’ve recently finished an album with West African Kora virtuoso Sekou Kouyate. The album was described by a friend as sounding like a hip-hop influenced Paul Simon. I like that. It’s my hip-hop folk fusion mixed with a lot of African rhythms and instruments. It’s my favorite work to date, hopefully we’ll return to Bahrain on our upcoming world tour.
What’s your favourite track to play? My favourite track to play is still my song ‘Origin Myth’. It’s a very auto biographical piece I wrote a few years back about dancing in your room all alone.Luckily it seems to be the fan favourite as well, so I’m glad they don’t mind me playing it at almost every show.
And fave track to listen to? That changes so often it’s hard to say. Lately I’ve been digging back into A Tribe Called Quest, tracks like ‘Push it along’ have been on repeat for the last few months.
Tell us a secret about you that might surprise our readers? I sometimes rock out to the Hall and Oates greatest hits album. Those guys had a couple of winners in there.