17 year old Katie Laffan from Walkinstown Foróige wins Hotpress Magazine ‘Big Break’ Competition

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Foróige-Notinuse May 28, 2013

Katie Laffan, a Foróige member for 5 years has won the Hotpress ‘Big Break’ Competition, beating off serious competition from thousands of entries. The final shortlist of just five acts included Kodakid, Miracle Bell, The Scenes and Third Smoke. We caught up with Katie to a learn more about her phenomenal achievement!

About Foróige:
“I’ve been in Foróige for 5 years now, I'm the chairperson in my club. I'm on the Reference Panel this year and I'm currently working on my Level 3 project for Albert Schweitzer.”

On music:
“I’ve been playing drums since I was 11. I also play guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, pretty much anything that makes a sound ^_^ I write, record and produce all my own stuff in my room with my laptop!”

On winning the Hotpress ‘Big Break’ Competition:
“I genuinely didn't think I stood a chance against the other bands and artists, they're all so good so I'm definitely surprised. I think it was really good of Alcatel and Hotpress to pick me because not many people would give a 17 year old a chance as big as this. It’s really exciting!”

Celebrating her win:
“I got spoilt by my mam, loads of new clothes and I had a bit of a party on Saturday night too.”

Plans for the future:
“I'd love to get a few more songs under my belt, onto Soundcloud and iTunes. I’ll give the Leaving Cert a go (ha) and hopefully when the Leaving is over I’ll go study Music Production.”

The Editor of Hotpress Magazine, Niall Stokes had the following to say about Katie: “She really is a remarkable talent. There is a freshness and originality about what she does, which is really exciting, and she has a brilliant voice. Plus she has the ability to write wonderfully catchy indie pop music. It is early days for her but she really could be a huge star."

Listen to Katie’s music on Soundcloud.

Would you like to win tickets to see Katie play with the Riptide Movement on June 6th? Click here.