Babybeef is the name of the electro pop solo project of multi instrumentalist Sarah Carroll Kelly. Her music combines pure hyper-coloured unashamed 1980’s influenced FM plastic pop with darker driven sounds & undercurrents that references A-ha, New Order, Devo and the more contemporary, fresher sounds of LCD Soundsystem, The Juan MacLean, Daft Punk & Yeasayer. In 2009 she was invited by Sligo’s The Model Niland Gallery to perform as part of their New Spaces For Music programme and this year, she played a special show at The Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin as part of their BIORHYTHM exhibition. This month, she releases her debut album on After The Quake Records. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/babybeefmusic
What’s the first record you ever bought?
Technotronic’s Pump up the Jam single on cassette.
What’s your favourite smell? Fresh cut grass (makes it seem like there’s an endless teenage summer ahead, and I’m about to drink some mi-wadi and try to ready a comic without the glare of the sun bouncing back in your eyes, on a tartan blanket).
Have you ever had a nickname? Jackie (after Jackie Stallone).
What is your favourite room in your house? The sitting room. It’s full of Flea Market and vintage finds and has a gorgeous painting over the mantelpiece by Chris Jones.
What are your guilty pleasures? eBay, vintage furniture, sad stories (with happy endings), Judge Judy and Tayto.
What would people be surprised to know about you? Four songs from the album were written in two weeks. Stephen Shannon, my producer, convinced me to turn my then EP into an album.
Who is your closest female friend? My sister, Joyce.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Yes, several.
Where would you most like to live? Am happy where I am on my street in Kilmainham (but in another life, I’d live in New York or Berlin).
Who was your first kiss and where did it happen? With DG in the French classroom after school.
What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked? “What’s your favourite smell?”
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received? An electric guitar from my parents when I was 15. I nearly lost the plot. Still have it and it has a great sound.
What is your favourite word? ‘Pucleimnach’ (only the Irish language could come up with a word that describes perfectly the crazy jumping and frolicking of lambs).
Who was your first love? Had a huge crush on Macgyver. I tried to watch him when he started on Stargate but he wasn’t half as hot… must’ve been the bombs made out of apples and chewing gum that impressed me.
If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become? I’ve been lucky enough to have worked as an artist and designer, a tutor and a musician. As long as I’m doing something creative, I’m happy.
Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone? ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything. It’s an amazing book I got in the IMMA bookshop. It’s full of things to make out of rubbish like a recliner out of water bottles, mats out of clothes pegs and clocks out of chopsticks. It sounds lame, but it really makes you want to start a make-and-do session.
What happens after we die? Hopefully your mates and family have a good cry and chat about how great you were!
What female historical figure do you admire most? (Not sure if this counts: This person is relevant to me in my history) Cindy Sherman had me in a spin in art college. The constant invention and portrayal of characters and scenarios broadened what a female artist could do in my eyes. Her work helped me find my ways of working and thinking and pushed me towards performance and video. That in turn got me started on Multimedia and digital sound so without it, Babybeef wouldn’t exist.
Sum yourself up in three words: Creative, quirky and hard-working.
And finally… what are you anti? Getting unprovoked hassle from chavs. Makes me want to turn into Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. What are you pro? Using empty spaces and units for pop up exhibitions and gigs. Dublin has reverted to its creative roots out of necessity. It’s the best thing to come out of recession.