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Top o’ the morning to ya, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While not a legal holiday in the United States, today is still a widely celebrated opportunity to dye our food and beverages green, dress like leprechauns, and drink whiskey before 5pm without being judged. It’s also a ripe opportunity to listen to music made by Irish producers. There are more of them than you think, and they all have adorable accents.

Here, we visit the hometowns of Ireland’s best and bright electronic music makers.

First up, we have Simon Patterson, from the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. With his psy-trance productions, Patterson is known for hanging out on the higher, weirder end of the BPM spectrum. Relying on synth-driven buildups accented by hard-hitting drops and deep bass, he brings a unique touch to the trance community.

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John O’Callaghan


Taking a drive inward toward the Irish countryside, we arrive in the town of Naven, home of another trance producer, John O’Callaghan. He has a hella Irish name, has been active in the dance music scene since 2003. Owner of Subculture Recordings, O’Callaghan is definitely a pot of gold at the end of the electronic music rainbow, and he has two upcoming shows in the US next month at Chicago’s Sound-Bar and New York’s Best Buy Theater.

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Paul Webster

Heading back south toward the coast, we come across Paul Webster’s hometown of Balbriggan. Known for hard-hitting trance, Webster has definitely found his niche in the dance music community far beyond this village. He will be playing Trance United NYC this May at a secret location in the city.

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Onward to the capital city of Dublin, where we find techno ace Matador. Sprinkling his music with rising synths and one-of-a-kind vocals, Matador adds another dimension to the musical creations streaming out of Ireland. Check him (and his top hat) cruising around backstage at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve in our Golf Cart Confessions video.

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Bryan Kearney

Across town, we find another well-known Dubliner, Bryan Kearney, known for his psy and tech-trance productions. Kearney has been DJing for 15 years, since the ripe age of 19. He has performed at major festivals around the globe and boasts a unique sound that has furthered the popularity of the trance genre worldwide.

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John Gibbons


The last stop on our St. Patrick’s Day tour is the town of Carlo, where we find producer John Gibbons. He’s performed globally with some of the biggest names in trance and techno, including Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk and Richie Hawtin. Gibbons also produces and presents Ireland’s biggest dance music radio show POWER and broadcasts on Dublin-based station Spin 1038.

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