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Bressie scores

Niall Breslin doesn't do dance floors. Well, he doesn't write about them, anyway. "I'm pretty sure Jennifer Lopez hasn't been on the f***ing dance floor in 10 years," says Niall, aka Bressie. Indeed, the man best known as lead singer/guitarist/resident heartthrob with Mullingar pop rock five-piece The Blizzards, isn't just lashing out for the sake of it. Instead, he's simply trying to explain just what it is that makes the perfect pop song (honesty, apparently).

"The most pointless thing in the world for me to do is to go and pitch songs to JLS," says the London-based artist, who's also a writer and producer for Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment.

"Number one, it's political. They go with the big writers every time. And number two, I don't want to. I'm not that type of writer. I don't want to write about DJs, or clubs, or dance floors. I love working with people who come in and go 'well, you know what? I'm completely dry -- I'm not sure which way I wanna go' and I just facilitate it."

We could continue on the subject of why nobody will be listening to David Guetta a decade from now, but let's focus on the matter at hand. That is, that everyone's favourite former rugby jock-turned-music maker is now a solo artist. And he's got a debut album in the bag to prove it.



Control

Having spent much of the past year in the studio, writing and recording the hook-heavy Colourblind Stereo, Bressie is now anxious to return to the live stage -- the real "headquarters" for the kind of music that the amiable performer trades under. Everything is out of his control now, he says.

It isn't a surprise that Bressie has decided to go it alone for a while, and 19 Entertainment had their eye on the guy for quite some time. "Without them over in London, I'd be just lost solo," he says. "I wouldn't have a clue what I'm doing. It's too big a place."

The Blizzards may have been popular on these shores, releasing two hugely successful albums along the way. But the critics didn't always agree. I wonder if this is something that Bressie worries about as he prepares to start over again.

"I never have and I never will," he replies. "I knew firmly where The Blizzards were as

a band. We loved getting on stage and that's where our reputation was made. It's gonna be the same with this."

Record labels, he says, want artists to work. "It's a business -- they have to sell albums. So to me, what this is about is your live performances -- your ability to work. And I'll f***ing play anywhere, anytime, any day of the week. I love it. And I think, with critics, you'll never keep everybody happy. Ever."

It's nearly two years since The Blizzards went on sabbatical. Simply put, with the band not making nearly enough money to support them, it was inevitable that real life would soon take over.

He misses his bandmates, he says, but for now, Bressie and his old gang are just in different places. Besides, he is no stranger to starting over. Less than a decade ago, the former Leinster player packed in a career in rugby in order to pursue his musical interests. And he hasn't looked back since.

"You can get injured in rugby and you can get back from your injury," he says, "but if you really don't have the passion to get back from it, it's a very hard uphill slog and at that stage of my career, I was already losing the passion for playing.

"Luckily, I had something I could concentrate on."

And there's a lot more to come in this game, he insists. "I'm still not where I want to be in my career," he finishes. "I need to concentrate on what I'm doing. At 30, you should probably consider starting a family, but f*** it -- I've got plenty of time."

Colourblind Stereo is out now. Bessie plays live at the Academy tonight