Thanks to his dad’s record collection, John O’Regan, aka [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Diamond Rings[/lastfm], gravitated to music at an early age. As he recalled, at the age of 5 or 6, it was [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm]’s Born To Run that initially sparked him.

Years later he rediscovered his dad’s collection and got turned on to a whole new group of artists, including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Smiths[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Echo & The Bunnymen [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joy Division[/lastfm]. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Devo[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kraftwerk[/lastfm] also became favorites.

Check out how O’Regan’s own music took shape based on what inspired him, and watch him perform four songs from his debut album Special Affections.

“Something Else” live at Discover

The video for “Something Else”

Watch the rest of the performances:

“It’s Not My Party”

“Wait & See”

“All Yr Songs”


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