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At home with The Mighty Stef
Now a provocative solo artist following a spell with the Subtonics, The Mighty Stef (alias Stefan Murphy) invites Jackie Hayden round for some pasta a la Murphy.
Jackie Hayden, 30 Jun 2008
Having lived for a while in Chicago before transferring to his open-plan apartment in North King Street in the centre of Dublin, the Mighty Stef obviously has a penchant for inner-city life.
“Yeah, I suppose that’s true”, he admits. “I like the hustle and bustle, being in the thick of things. It’s the kind of environment I grew up in and feel most comfortable with.”
His abode, which he shares with his girlfriend, is a modern apartment about 10 years old. He moved here about a year ago.
“When I moved back to Dublin there weren’t a lot of options, so there’s really no specific reason why I live where I live,” he admits. “Much as I enjoyed the Chicago experience, Dublin is Dublin. I’m originally from Kevin Street, so I’m not very far from the patch where I grew up. Living in the centre of town is second nature to me.”
So how is he on the noise front?
“There are families with young kids on either side of us, but nobody has complained about me playing music too loud,” he says. “During the daytime I write music here, so it’s great to have such sympathetic neighbours. No matter where I’ve lived, I’ve done my songwriting at home rather than a studio or wherever. I wouldn’t bring a band in. That would be unfair. I’d love to have a separate room to work in, but that’d probably add another €700 to the rent.”
Although he does a bit of cooking, it’s not quite to a level that should worry Kevin Dundon. “I’m not very good, but I enjoy it,” Stefan laughs. “I have this mongrel dish which I call Pasta a la Murphy, made from pasta, tuna and a few vegetables.”
Stef likes having a range of nice boozers to hand.
“It’s great to have them on your doorstep, instead of having to walk into Temple Bar or up to Wexford Street. My favourite is Frank Ryan’s in Smithfield. A lot of people like The Cobblestones, but I think Frank Ryan’s shades it for me. The staff are great, and they always play good music.”
Because of a lack of space, Stef gave his vinyl record collection to a friend to mind.