Liam Cagney was born in County Donegal in the north-west of Ireland. His early musical training involved clarinet lessons and membership of the Donegal Youth Orchestra. After moving to Dublin he studied for a Diploma in Popular Music, graduating with Distinction, and played guitar in a number of bands.
In 2005 he graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and English, receiving double first class honours. In 2007 he completed a Master's degree in Music at King's College London, with a dissertation on the concepts of spectral music. After some time spent living in France and Germany, he is currently based in London, where he is a doctoral research candidate at City University of London, studying under the supervision of Ian Pace. His research is concerned with the music theory and philosophy of music of Gérard Grisey, and the research is funded by a City University Doctoral Studentship.
Liam's musical interests are wide-ranging, spanning from classical music to techno. He has contributed to a number of publications and in 2010-2011 was editor of the student academic journal The Musicology Review. As a performer and composer Liam is active in experimental, noise and electronic music. Liam is former editor of Musical Criticism.