rohanPublic Speaking & Seminars

Welcome to the public speaking section of the site. As a music industry professional of over 15 years I have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can inspire, motivate, educate and entertain everyone from young musicians beginning their careers, music managers, songwriters and music startups, to non-music audiences working in the like of the IT or corporate sectors.

As a radio DJ, successful songwriter, music producer, record label owner and live performer I’ve worked in every nook and cranny of the industry, and have the scars and stories to prove it.

From playing live to a TV audience of 7 million, and embassies and presidential palaces. To rocking out shirtless in sweaty biker bars. From booking over 1,000 live shows across the world and getting international radio play to printing posters, managing social media, getting press, rehearsal, stagecraft, sound engineering and production, music copyright courses, session playing, studio and guitar tuition, claiming royalties and sync licence negotiation and writing and broadcasting on the music industry.

All of this has culminated in an ability to engage an audience, understand their needs and encourage and inspire them to reach the next level whatever their status or situation. Whether it’s any aspect of the music business, or entrepreneurship, business and motivation in general, my message is clear; confidence, persistence, clarity, humour, success and ultimately happiness.

Make an enquiry or booking today –

E: beardfirepublishing@hotmail.com PH: 087 334 9633

Topics Covered:

  • Music Copyright

Having completed the CISAC University course “Exploring Copyright” in 2017, along with my first-hand experience of running record label and publisher Beardfire Music, I have an excellent understanding of songwriters, performers and master recording rights holders’ rights. It comes down to maximising your income through royalties by knowing how to protect your music, how royalties are generated, and how to claim any payments owed. This also covers how to avoid being taken advantage of by other industry players.

  • Songwriting & Music Production

As an IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) Associate Member and songwriter and arranger of over 400 registered songs, many of which have received national and international airplay, “Song of the Week” awards (Irish Times), been performed on national TV, used for advertising campaigns and in film & television soundtracks, I can speak with some authority on the craft of songwriting to help evolve the work of budding and experienced writers alike. As well as my own music I’ve worked with dozens of acts producing their music including award-winning artists David Virgin, Gypsies on the Autobahn, Kate Dineen and Leila Jane.

  • High Level Performance

Having not only played over 1,000 live shows including performances to audiences of over 10,000 people, festivals, pubs, corporate events, embassies and presidential residences in Ireland, The UK, Europe and Australia, I have extensive experience performing on TV, live radio and speaking events. Privately I’ve coached performers sitting music exams, recitations and plays, giving them the tools to perform at peak levels and deal successfully with anxiety and nerves.

  • Music Career, Music Management & Industry Success

As the primary music booker at Beardfire Music I’ve made 10’s of thousands of calls and who knows how many emails! I’ve tasted every kind of rejection and success, at a wide variety of levels from local cafes to top venues, festivals, embassies and Presidential Residences. I know what works and what doesn’t, and I know how to get paid to play your music full time. I’ve organised national song contests and events, dealing with sponsors, press and promotion. I’ve struck sponsorship deals with clothing and alcohol brands and dealt with local and national businesses on events and promotions.

  • Music Media, Radio & Press

Radio airplay can be a great source of income through royalties, but it’s a tough nut to crack. Getting your music into the music press and mainstream press is not easy either. Having had significant radio airplay and articles, awards and press releases published in the major papers including The Irish Times, Irish Daily Star and The Independent I understand the process required to get the attention of journalists and tastemakers in the scene. I will talk about the importance of developing relationships, working on your angles and being persistent without being a pest.

  • Business Success, Entrepreneurship & Career Motivation

The core attributes that I’ve learned, developed and employed in order to succeed in the music business can be universally applied to success in any industry that requires skill, tenacity, networking abilities and a sense of humour. Through my many, often hilariously absurd, rock n roll anecdotes and experiences I convey the lessons learned from a life on the stage, off it and behind the scenes. Lessons that can inspire, educate, motivate regardless of career path or level.

Venues Catered For:

  • Colleges, Music Colleges & High Schools

I offer an inspirational and humorous talk for high schools and non-music colleges on the values of persistence, temperance, professionalism and integrity in business. As well as life lessons learned from a life in show business. From behind the scenes of being on shows like The Voice UK and Busker Abu, to meeting and performing for the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, music and good business sense has taken me all over the world.

For music colleges see the topics above, I can tailor talks and masterclasses on any of the subjects described, or a general talk on all of the above.

  • Conventions, Seminars & Conferences

Whether it’s making up a panel of experts on songwriting, performing, publishing, music management or music media, or keynote and guest speaker roles at conventions and conferences I have a wealth of experience and knowledge to contribute to any discussion on the music industry, or business and entrepreneurship in general.

  • Businesses, Corporate & Non-Profit

Similar to non-music colleges and high schools I offer an inspirational and humorous talk for business, sports clubs, non-profits and corporate event on the values of persistence, temperance, professionalism and integrity in business and life in general designed to inspire, motivate, educate and entertain. The core attributes that I’ve learned, developed and employed in order to succeed in the music business can be universally applied to success in any industry that requires skill, tenacity, networking abilities and a sense of humour.

Make an enquiry or booking today –

E: beardfirepublishing@hotmail.com PH: 087 334 9633