Dermot Kennedy has had a meteoric rise to notoriety. The twenty-five year old Dubliner has amassed over two million monthly listeners on Spotify, played several sold-out shows across the United States and Europe, and all without even releasing a full length album. His debut EP Doves & Ravens has gained him hefty critical acclaim for his unique combination of revelatory songwriting and expert musicianship with a driving, hip hop influenced beat. Dermot and I have both come to Dublin via Other Voices—a prominent Irish music festival that has seen the likes of Lisa Hannigan and Amy Winehouse perform—although he performed at the festival and has spent a week in Los Angeles writing and I am effectively on holiday, wandering happily and lazily about Ireland. When we sit down in the busy bar, he remarks that until the day prior to our meeting he had been awake for over twenty-four hours. "I can't sleep on planes," he says. Despite the lack of sleep, he is friendly, patient and warm, and we fall into easy chatter about Dublin traffic, musicians we love, his inspirations and his work. His songs are immensely catchy and should definitely be on our listeners radar.