My life in music

The Script

Interview with The Script’s Danny O’ Donoghue

Since bursting onto the music scene with their self-titled debut album back in 2008 The Script have gone from strength to strength, racking up three number one albums and numerous hit singles. After a year long hiatus to concentrate on new music and take a well deserved break from the limelight the band are now gearing up to release their fifth album, Freedom Child in September. Before that we catch up with lead singer Danny O’ Donoghue to talk through his life in music.

What was the first song you fell in love with, and how does it make you feel when you hear it now?

The first song I fell in love with was 'Starry Starry Night' by Don McLean. It's an amazing song where the lyrics just keep getting better and better the more the song goes on.

What was the first and last album you bought?

The first album I bought was The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band'. What an album, from the second you put it on the whole album is a journey with classic songs interwoven amongst amazing sonic tapestries.

The last album I bought was a London Grammar vinyl. I love listening to music at different speeds and London Grammar are a great band to try it with slowed down.

What was the first gig you went to?

All my family were in bands so it would of been one of theirs’ probably. I think it was a battle of the bands that my brother’s metal band were part of. They were called Panic and were quite good. I remember there being pyrotechnics - one single mushroom cloud of smoke. All the kids were very impressed!

If you could have written any song, which one would you choose and why?

“The Times They Are A-Changin” by Bob Dylan. This song is lyrically perfect; you won't find a better song in any genre to compare to this masterpiece. It's honest, poignant, reflective, introspective, funny, smart and heart breaking all in the one song. Some people tell me they don't like Dylan's voice but it was never his voice I was listening to - I was to spellbound by the words.

Which song makes you cry?

A song we wrote called 'If You Could See Me Now' about the passing of a parent and what they would think of you now.

And which song makes you want to get up and dance?

Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk’. This song just make me jump out of my seat no matter where I am or what I'm doing. If it comes on and I'm near you get prepared!

Which three albums would you take to a desert island?

James Taylor’s 'New Moon Shine', Bob Dylan’s ‘The Best Of' and Lauryn Hill’s iconic ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'.