Recently regarded as one of Europes leading drummers, R.S.A.G. aka Jeremy Hickey is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Ireland.

Based between Dublin and Paris, Jeremy records, performs and produces his own material in studio. Live he experiments with a virtual band collaborating with visual artist Geppetto. They have created silhouettes of himself projected on screen- backing his live drums, percussion and vocals, mixed with an array of hypnotic imagery.

Since 2008, R.S.A.G. has been making waves with a seriously explosive live set and a double album release, ‘Organic Sampler’ the debut which received a 5 star review from the Irish Times as well as gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination in the same year.

In 2010 Jeremy worked with leading producer Leo Pearson (U2 & Elvis Costello) who produced the follow-up album ‘Be It Right Or Wrong’ giving him a new and interesting approach to fine tuning a more vocally driven album. R.S.A.G. made numerous TV appearances at home and abroad around this time including locally The Raw Sessions, Other Voices, The Late, Late Show and The Saturday Night Show. One of his personal highlights that year was supporting The Pixies for 2 sold out shows at The Olympia, Dublin.

His talents have brought him around the globe, in 2011 he made a number of performances in The States including SXSW and well known New York venues. Over the next 2 years Hickey played an extensive Irish tour and UK dates whilest splitting his time with his Parisian Electronic outfit Bot'Ox which he has been part of for almost 5 years. Major gigs included The Montreaux Jazz Festival -Switzerland, Calvi On The Rocks – Corsica and The Electron Festival –Geneva. He also played the length and breadth of France including the Tsugi festival and the renowned L’Olympia theatre, Paris.

In 2013, Hickey released his most successful material to date in the form of his Rotate EP and left a blazing trail on the Irish Festival circuit. He continued to perform part-time in France and on his return began collaborating with Jerry Fish and other well known Irish artists.

Last year, his most accomplished yet, saw Hickey's two new tracks recieve an enormous response ending up in the various major 'Best Track Polls' of 2014. He recieved a personal invitation from Grammy Award wining artist Xavier de Rosnay (Justice) to collaborate on a project in France accompanied by Mehdi Pinson (DVNO).

Hickey is currently co-producing his new sounds with leading producer James Darkin (Kanye West, Rihanna, Hozier). All in all a diverse mix that reflects this one-man-band phenominals versatility, evolving style and rapid progression.

R.S.A.G.'s 3rd album is currently in it's final stages of completion. He will be touring later this year at home and abroad showcasing his new material and hypnotic visual show.

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MEDIA / REVIEWS:

R.S.A.G. is rumoured to be "one of the most innovative and astonishing Irish musicians around". He came 13th in a list of "The 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now" published by The Irish Times.

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However, the highlight of Saturday, and the weekend for this reporter, was RSAG, whose quirky explosive sounds filled the tent and whipped the crowd up into one of the weekends more frenzied moments. Review from Castlepalooza 2013 - Entertainment.ie

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One of the most talented mavericks on the independant scene, winning considerable praise and building up a devoted following - Hot Press Magazine

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His grooves are extraordinary, a heavyweight percussive storm conducted by the lightest and finest of touches. Hickey's David Byrne-like yelp gives the album a touch of the Talking Heads, but there's nothing wrong with that. Out all this together and you have tunes that are compelling, dramatic and exciting - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times.

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Among all of the musical treats we witnessed yesterday, we saved the best for last. Kilkenny's R.S.A.G. (or Jeremy Hickey to his mother) played an absolute blinder to a packed Body & Soul crowd. R.S.A.G. (Rarely Seen Above Ground), for the unaware, is a drummer/vocalist who sits solo on the stage and plays along with a musical backing track - and dear lord, was it ever amazing. Simply put, Hickey is one of the best drummers we've ever seen, perfectly blending awe-inspiring power and delicate, intricate touches behind his kit. Magic. -Entertainment.ie

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If one thing was notable at Body & Soul it was how just one person on a stage can often bring SO much more than a band noodling their way through endless tune-ups and internal discussions. Jeremy Hickey is a man, a drumkit and a laptop live, but so much more. The instruments he plays (and they are manifold) are cleverly videoed and projected behind him as a live backing-track and he has the same magnetic performance gene as Toby Kaar, and is riveting to behold. His David Byrne-esque voice and sweaty precision drumming pumps the heart faster and sunglasses are falling off heads with the intense nodding going on. Early evening magic in the Midnight Circus tent - State Magazine

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Influences and comparisons have included Talking Heads & Joy Division (post punk) and Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin with a new flavour of Dub Step rhythms (electronica).

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ADDITIONAL LINKS:

https://soundcloud.com/rarelyseenaboveground

https://rsag.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/RarelySeenAboveGround

http://www.rarelyseenaboveground.com

https://twitter.com/rsagmusic

http://www.breakingtunes.com/rarelyseenaboveground

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