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Johnny Logan’s 1980s Eurovision Winner Gets a Synth-Pop Makeover by Keelan X

March 9, 2023

Keelan X is the project of transient Irish artist, Keelan Cunningham. Having cut his teeth as a musician in bands during the indie music height of the 90s, Keelan has transformed his creative output by tapping into his fascination of synth, electro and pop music.

2022 saw Keelan X at his most prolific with the release of singles ‘These Days’, ‘Fever’ and ‘The Other Side’. His love of classic 80s synth soundscapes ranging from Moroder to Tears For Fears, combined with a growing admiration for a modern take on the genre developed by the likes of The Weeknd, is laid bare in the woozy sonics Keelan X produces.

His latest single, What’s Another Year, perfectly combines these two influences into one expertly crafted synth-pop song. Profoundly affected by fellow countryman Johnny Logan’s 1980 Eurovision Song Contest winning entry, Keelan X was inspired to recreate the track in his own image. Commenting on the single Keelan says:

“This is a bit of a departure for me; adapting a Eurovision winning ballad into a slightly more up-tempo, modern pop track. I always loved the song (by Shay Healy) and thought it would be interesting to give it a synth-pop makeover. It’s my favourite song ever put forward by Ireland to the Eurovision. It’s very musical and I just love the wistful melody line and vocal delivery by Johnny as well as the instrumental sections, beautifully crafted by Bill Whelan (of Riverdance fame).”

Working with London-based pop producer Imad Salhi, Keelan X has honoured the original incarnation of the song, whilst injecting a hazy, shimmering electro-pop veneer. The track is accompanied by a sumptuous cyber-punk/anime inspired animated video charting the journey of a young lad travelling back in time to The Hague, 1980 to meet Johnny Logan just prior to his iconic Eurovision performance.

The single will kickstart Keelan X’s 2023, which will see him release further singles throughout the year. With a multitude of press support including RTE 2Amazing RadioToday FMThe Vinyl DistrictSynthpoplover, Hot PressSunday Times, Side-Line Magazine and Electricity Club, Keelan is aiming to continue his rise at both home and abroad.

What’s Another Year is out on 10th March 2023 on all your usual streaming platforms. 

Video Concept and Editing – Keelan X @KeelanXmusic 

Creative Director – Bella B Bernard @bug_draws 

Lead Animator – Leo Meares @egglebreg

Creative Producer – Matthew Willemse @matthew.willemse


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