Monday, 6 October 2014

Martin Guilfoyle Interview!!

He's attractive, friendly, talented, funny and entertaining what more could you look for in a man???... hmm... okay so he's from Dublin but shur we all have our crosses to carry I suppose..
For those of you who haven't heard of Martin Guilfoyle before he's a radio presenter/ Dj/ model from Dublin.
 I first heard of Martin when he replaced Dave Cronin on my local radio station Beat 102 103 located in Waterford city. Originally working with Spin, he moved to the South East when he got his own slot presenting the very popular 'Top seven at seven' - Immediately he was loved by every listener and was a huge success. As well as working the night shift at Beat, Martin is a regular DJ in venues across the South and when he's has a second to spare he also dabbles in modelling...  *and breathee..he's now leaving Beat, moving to Limerick and presenting his own show on Spin South West. Christ.

Martin is and I'll put this as simply as I can, living my life!!! and I do deeply wish I could hate him...but he's just too nice!! I couldn't wait to catch up with Martin and find out as much as I possibly could..
So, from the start Martin...
''I gained an interest for presenting when I was 18 years old! I was driving home from school listening to 98fm in Dublin when I thought 'wow that sounds fun' so I then decided to pursue it. Fortunately for me there was a local radio station near where I lived called Liffey Sound Fm. They are so good for giving young people a chance to show what talents they have got. I called them and told then I was interested and within an hour Fran Walsh has me on air!! It was crazy!''
With a job as crazy as Martins, a job I want.. I have to ask what is a typical day like for a radio presenter?
''A typical day for me varies all the time. I usually wake up at 11 , have breakfast then go to the gym. Before I know it it's time for work which is 5pm. I am on air till midnight then could find myself djing in a club straight after! It changes a bit at the weekend where I go back to Dublin to work for Spin 1038''
It's all go go and more go!!.
Martin was originally worked full time on Spin 1038 on his own show! What did it actually feel like to be given your own show on air?
'' I remember when I was told a while ago that I had been given my own show on Spin 1038. It is a feeling that is impossible to describe. It was something that I really worked hard for that took years to finally pay off. It is understandable though as the industry is so competitive making it so hard to get that break''
Leaving the big city of Dublin for a much smaller city of Waterford must of been hard for you?
''The move from Dublin was easy! Everyone looks at me at is like 'why the f**k were you happy to move'. I get to go home to Dublin every weekend so I still get my 'big shmoke' fix. I am going to find it hard leaving the south east for the south west though''
 If you're working on a top radio station surely enough you would have to have a degree in something media related, am I right??
Nope, Martin didn't and look at him now..
''Strangely enough I have a degree in Business, French and Spanish. It hasn't really helped me yet no but if I start cursing on the radio at least I have a back up! It baffles people when I tell them I don't have a media qualification. Yes in my opinion being trained in media helps but if you have serious drive and one hell of a personality then stick your head down and annoy stations for work. They have the tools to train you if they like you!
I am not saying don't go to college by the way because it was the best time of my life, just everyones different and I think experience will stand for you more!''

 Listen.. how cool is it being a radio presenter?!!!
''It is literally the dream job. I never thought talking to myself in a room would be as much fun but it really is. I play music and prank people and get paid for it!! It's crazy! One day I plan on pursuing TV but as it stands DJing is so busy as is the presenting so I am just going to enjoy this for the moment''

Like I mentioned before, Martin is a lunatic when it comes to work and is juggling so many balls right now, but Martin... what's your actual passion!! What do you love the most?
''This is such a tough question. I enjoy them all I really do. Don't make me pick please!! There are days when I have to do all three. They are busy days and yes I do be wrecked after them but they are so much fun!!''
*holding back tears here* Leaving Beat for Spin South West must be hard? Especially since you fit in so well to was it making that decision?
''This was such a hard decision. Beat is full of amazing people. It is one of the best environments I have ever worked in and every single person that works there is so nice! However I do love new challenges and hosting a breakfast show by myself is a challenge I am ready to take on!!''
Finally, for someone like myself who wants to break into this industry and follow in your footsteps what advice can you give?
'' Experience Experience Experience!! Get yourself work experience everywhere and mingle with absolutely everyone. You should also not be afraid to annoy people! Make your talent seen and annoy the hell out of bosses until they give you a shot. If you really want it be patient and keep at it!! It's a tough industry to get into and it is even tougher to stay in so put that head down and don't give up. Blogging, tweeting, youtubing etc are all way more important in my opinion the a degree. People love initiative and drive!''
If you think you might of seen Martin somewhere on TV but just can't put your finger on it, maybe this will refresh your memory...
Martin did in fact appear on the TV3 show, 'Take Me Out' - ohhh face palm!!
  Over to you Martin... 
''Take me out was a bit of fun. It was recorded long before it's air day. The production company called asking me would I be up for it. I said yes and genuinely had such a fun time!! I just felt sorry for girlfriend when they actually decided to air it. I didn't have one when we recorded but did when it went to TV, and no it's not the girl I went on a date with haha''
Apart from the whole 'take me out' and Dublin part Martin is an absolute legend and I wish him the best of luck in the world, any who knows fingers crossed that maybe I can be pestering him for work in Limerick next year ;-)


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