Interview with a Rockstar | Ciaran Gribbin

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Welcome to 'interview with a rockstar'!  This is a little initiative from us here at Rock and Roll Team Building to provide you with an insight into our team, and the people we admire in the music industry.  Our first interview is of course with none other than, Ciaran Gribbin.  Enjoy!

What was your most memorable ‘rockstar’ moment?

It was my second gig with INXS when we headlined a festival in Buenos Aires. There was 30,000 people at the gig. I'd never seen so many people and, as the band kicked into the opening bars of Suicide Blonde, it was a very special moment watching all those people go crazy. The adrenaline was rushing in my veins and I remember screaming with pure joy feeling like I have arrived . . . it really was living a lifelong dream. 

Why do you think music is such a powerful driver of emotion?

Music is the universal language that everyone understands. There is a mystery and spiritual element to music that's hard to pin down but we all have a special connection to it.   Music is primal . . . it's part of our DNA and I've never met a person yet that hasn't been moved emotionally by music. 

What have you been able to translate from the music industry into being successful in business? 

The music industry has changed so much over the past 25 years. The internet changed everything and the business models that we knew in the 'good old days' are no longer there. So, as a musician I had to learn to constantly change and get used to disruption. I think many people are struggling today with how things are changing in the business world, but I still feel excited about the many opportunities. I think a key to survival is being able to be flexible with your business, so you can move with the changes and always be creative.

A band has multiple members and, as in the corporate world, it’s important to work as a team. What do you believe is the ingredient for having a successful team?

A great band is exactly like a great team in sport or in business. I learnt that I'm only as good as my band members a long time ago. Today I'm still surrounded by great musicians in my bands and I'm surrounded by a great team in my business. Everyone in my team are experts in their fields and bring something to the table that I can't. I learnt that you can't do everything yourself, no matter how good you think you are, so I value my team more than anything in my business.

You are no doubt very passionate about music and having passion for your work is one contributing factor to being successful. What other ingredients do you believe are key to being successful in your chosen career?

I think it's really important to work at something you are really interested in or are passionate about. It shouldn't be about the money. Getting paid for doing something you love is a privileged position and I regularly remind myself of this, especially when I'm having bad days.  If you are passionate about your work eventually the money and the recognition will come and it will be all the sweeter as it's come from doing something you love.

Other ingredients for success are simple. There is no substitute for hard work. Perseverance is key especially when things aren't going great and, possibly the most important thing, is surrounding yourself with great people!