An Interview with Andy “Dirt” McGurk of Vulgarithm

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Recently, I sat down with Andy McGurk of Vulgarithm to discuss, among other things, what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his newest music, his thoughts on the music scene going forward, and what he’s looking forward to the most once COVID-19 breaks.

If you would like to learn more about Vulgarithm, head over to Andy’s website here, and dig in. Once you’ve done that, check out this interview with Andy McGurk. Cheers.

Andrew:
Andy, I appreciate you taking the time today. How have you been holding up over the last year or so? What have you been up to?

Andy:
Considering what has happened to millions of people across the globe, I can count myself lucky I am out the other side, mostly unscathed. Sporadically I have been teaching guitar over zoom and schools, but more importantly, Vulgarithm came into existence. 3 EPs later, and here we are.

Andrew:
Before we dive into your professional career, let’s go back a bit. What first got you hooked on music?

Andy:
I always had a keen ear for music as a child, but it wasn’t until listening to Oasis and the height of Britpop that brought me to the guitar around the age of 10. From there all I wanted to do was write music, the style changes the more I discover.

Andrew:
Who were some of your early influences?

Andy:
As mentioned Oasis and Britpop to start with, from there, I got into rockier than heavier music. NIN and Tool have stuck around the longest as an influence, but every band I’ve listened to has played a part.

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Andrew:
Let’s talk about recent events first. Tell us about your new album Share in the 3rd Degree.

Andy:
It’s the 3rd installment in my sharing trilogy of EPs; the first being Share if You Agree and the second Share if You Disagree. All three are a way of discovering what Vulgarithm will finally become. A couple of staple tracks with some curveballs to test the waters.

Andrew:
What lyrical themes are you exploring with your new music?

Andy:
Things have taken a darker turn with this EP, far more sarcastic and playing with characters living in 2021. Whether that is confusion about self-sabotage, not caring, being a 3 legged dog, or pretending to be a Karen. Nothing is off-limits.

Andrew:
How about the production side of things? Do you self-produce, or do you bring in outside voices?

Andy:
All home production. I’ve had a previous solo project where I did all recording and producing at home, so that gave me an advantage at that. It was probably why my other 2 EPs were released so quickly.

Andrew:
Are you into vinyl? Cassettes? CDs? Or are you all digital now? What are a few of your favorite albums, and why?

Andy:
I get the occasional vinyl; I don’t always have time to listen to them, though, so the CD is my go-to for the full album experience, especially as I’m driving most of the time when out of lockdown. I still listen on streaming platforms, but once I like an album, I do buy a physical copy. 

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Andrew:
What other passions do you have? How do those passions inform your music, if at all?

Andy:
I work in music and relax with music so my life does resolve around that. Other than music it’s fairly mundane, watching TV, cooking food and playing casual football.

Andrew:
In your opinion, what is the state of the music business these days? Should artists be hopeful? Scared? Both?

Andy:
My hope is that with the combination of lack of payment from streaming, COVID, and Brexit restrictions, people will eventually appreciate how important music is to their lives. Maybe taking the music business to the brink of destruction might see it reborn.

Andrew:
Last one. We seem to be nearing a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of COVID-19 restrictions. That said, what’s next on your docket? What are you looking forward to most in the post-COVID world?

Andy:
One thing I haven’t done with Vulgarithm is perform live! I need it! You need it! The public doesn’t know it, but they need it! Hopefully, that day will arrive sooner rather than later.

Images courtesy of Rouge PR

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Andrew Daly

Andrew has always felt himself to be a "jack of all trades, master of none" type of person. With an immense passion for music, a disposition for writing, and an eagerness to teach and share both, Andrew decided to found Vinyl Writer in 2019 as a freelance column under the column Stories from the Stacks. Over time, the column grew into a website which now features contributors who further the cause of sharing both a love of music and the art of journalism with the world through articles and interviews. While Andrew enjoys running the website, his real passion lies in teaching and facilitating others to do what they do best, and giving them the opportunity to explore their passions in the process.
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