Nealo is a rapper cut from a different cloth. Taking influence from Jazz Rap, Conscious Rap and R&B, his lyrics blend deeply rooted personal philosophies with classic Dublinisms in a manner that is equal parts emotive and compelling. All of this floats on a bed of smooth, jazz-infused instrumentals and vocal harmonies from a free-flowing line-up of some of Ireland’s most renowned artists. At the core of Nealo’s live show is the dynamic and love that the people on stage share, resulting in a metamorphosing experience that seeps into the fabric of any venue they happen to occupy.
Emigration, break-ups, drug and alcohol use, the loss of friends and the death of loved ones have all been an integral part of Ireland, and of the wider world, for generations. In Nealo’s hands, they are not just lyrical themes, but also catalysts on his path to becoming the man, and the artist, that he is today.
His 2020 debut album, ‘All The Leaves Are Falling’, was his way of channeling as much of his emotions as he can into a piece of music.