Selective Memory proudly presents
Whelan’s Main Venue • Sat 21st October 2023
JAPE, the musical moniker of the multi-talented Irish artist Richie Egan. His journey into the realm of music was a fusion of diverse influences and innate creativity that culminated in the birth of the JAPE project.
With a background in visual arts, Richie Egan’s artistic prowess shines through in his music, where he masterfully blends intricate melodies, soul-stirring lyrics, and an innovative approach to production. His soundscapes, often characterized by a seamless fusion of electronic beats, indie rock elements, and ambient textures, have earned him widespread acclaim for their captivating and genre-defying nature.
JAPE’s musical exploration began in the late ’90s when he co-founded the band The Redneck Manifesto, where he honed his skills as a musician and gained recognition within the Irish music scene. As he delved deeper into his solo career under the name JAPE, Egan’s sonic identity evolved, embracing experimentation and pushing creative boundaries.
In 2003, JAPE released his debut album “Cosmosphere,” marking a significant step forward in his musical journey. The record garnered critical acclaim for its emotive and introspective lyrics, paired with richly layered compositions that showcased Egan’s distinctive vocal style.
It was JAPE’s groundbreaking album “Ritual” (2008) that catapulted him into the international spotlight. The album’s lead single, “Floating,” became a massive hit, earning widespread radio play and propelling JAPE’s reputation beyond Ireland’s borders. The success of “Ritual” opened doors to international tours, allowing audiences worldwide to experience JAPE’s electrifying live performances.
Throughout his career, JAPE has continued to evolve and experiment, defying categorization and resisting the limitations of any one genre. He has released a string of critically acclaimed albums, each showcasing his boundless creativity and commitment to artistic growth. From the hauntingly beautiful “Ocean of Frequency” (2011) to the synth-driven and dance-infused “This Chemical Sea” (2015), JAPE’s discography is a testament to his versatility as an artist.
Beyond his solo work, Richie Egan remains an influential figure within the Irish music community, collaborating with various artists and contributing his talents to numerous projects. His willingness to push artistic boundaries and explore new sonic territories has cemented his status as a true innovator in the world of indie electronic music.
In a musical landscape filled with imitation, JAPE stands as an original and daring artist, fearlessly charting his own path and crafting music that resonates with both the heart and the mind. With each release and every live performance, JAPE continues to captivate audiences, leaving an indelible mark on the music world and inspiring fellow artists to embrace their creative instincts and embrace the unknown. As he continues to evolve, JAPE’s journey promises to be an enduring odyssey of artistic discovery and musical brilliance.
€27 available online from Whelan’s – 50c per ticket service charge applies.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos