Irish songwriter’s tune picked up by Netflix drama Firefly Lane
WHEN the Netflix TV drama Firefly Lane premiered in January last year, it featured a track called Time In A Bottle by Irish singer-songwriter Megan O’Neill.
With the world on lockdown, rising star Megan was holed up in her family home in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare at the time.
However, having your song on a global TV show was a moment to celebrate…and so the red carpet was rolled out.
“We couldn’t go anywhere to celebrate, so we did a little red carpet at home, which was basically a red bath mat,” she laughs. “Oh, we had crazy!
“There was an open bottle of champagne – of course you have to make the most of it. My parents saw the struggle I had along the way and they are thrilled with how it has now turned out for me.”
Megan also had another song of hers, Don’t You, featured on the hit American TV show Nashville.
“Hearing your song on TV shows like Nashville and Firefly Lane is an amazing thing,” she told Shuffle. “I am well aware that not many people in the world have the opportunity to experience this. It is truly surreal.”
The singer, who just released a new EP called Time (Though You Were On My Side), spent a few years in Nashville after earning a degree in psychology at UCD.
“I was very naive and green and it was an incredible period of growth for me. It’s like an education in itself,” Megan says.
“I spent a lot of time writing and performing shows and finding my style as a writer, musician and artist. It was a real education. I was a sponge during the time I was over there. It’s a good place to be a sponge.”
Nashville has some of the best songwriters in the world and is literally a hit factory. “It’s a song factory there, which in a way can feel a bit soulless,” she acknowledges.
“It can also sometimes feel a bit deflating because there are so many people doing the same thing as you and trying to get to where you want to be.
“But in another way, it’s an incredibly creative hub and everyone’s like one big family there. I think it’s still one of the only places in the world that’s like that. New York , London and LA are all super creative places, but they’re so big.
“Nashville still has that big city feel for musicians and everyone knows and sees each other at night. It still has that community feel.”
Do you learn a few things from working with songwriters there? “Oh my God, yes,” Megan said. “When I first went there, I had written a bunch of songs as a teenager, but I had never really co-written, and Nashville is all about collaboration.
“What I like about the mentality there is that you show up and you do it. You don’t wait for inspiration to hit you, you show up every day at 10 a.m. and then if you have another session on the same day, you get and you write a song and most of the time you write two songs.
“It’s a nine-to-five job. There’s definitely a lot of artists and songwriters who would look at this and say, ‘Oh my God, I would never do that! It doesn’t sound creative.
“But you show up and you do it, and a lot of times, even when you don’t feel like it, you can write and release something amazing. It’s a craft and they work very hard in this craft. is something I learned while I was there.
“When I came back, I continued with that mentality. I really show up every day and it works for me.”
MEGAN O’Neill’s new EP Time (Thought You Were On My Side) is out now.
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