Bass Odyssey were formed in 1996 by Graham Finn and Alan O’Keeffe deciding that they had a shared interest in breakbeats, drum and bass, and various other leftfield musical forms. What started off as an ambitious DJ project, quickly turned into a proper band of merit. Because of Graham’s earlier achievements with ‘Emperor of Ice Cream’, a passion to write and perform their own music soon became apparent.
Two years of hard work paid off and the groups first single, ‘Twilight’ became a success and went on to become the theme tune to RTE’s flagship alternative music show ‘No Disco’ for over two years. This single went on to win an award for best Irish single at the inaugural Irish Dance Music Awards. After over a year of intensive touring and dj-ing everywhere from Cork to Texas, the band settled down to record their second E.P. ‘Remote Control Soul’ in Cork with new member MC Strict. The second record turned to be more of a vocal affair and proved to be an even bigger success than it’s predecessor.
Whilst recording music for the film ‘Deep Blue Sea’ in New York, LL Cool J happened to hear ‘Remote Control Soul’ through a mutual acquaintance and invited the band to re-record the track for inclusion in the movie. Whilst recording in NYC, Graham was asked to do some remix work for LL as well as write some tunes with the great man himself. Again the band toured the record intensely for a long eighteen months.
By now the band had become really tired and worn-out by it all and a break was well and truly deserved (and needed!!). In the Autumn of 2000 the band regrouped to write music for the first album. Most of the music for this album has now been written and this Autumn the band will be releasing the first taste of things to come. ‘Serpico’s Lament’ is the first offering and, thanks to an amazing multimedia package created by Aardvark Multimedia and an imminent national tour, the group are now looking forward to bringing their new and improved sound to the masses.
In 2003 Bass Odyssey split up, Chris O'Driscoll went on to sing with Arm The Elderly while Graham Finn and Alan O’Keeffe played with rock band Sylvia Saint.