Noel Anthony Hogan, Irish musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist and co-songwriter of the Irish alt-rock band the Cranberries, is born in Moyross, Limerick, County Limerick, on December 25, 1971.
Hogan forms the Cranberries with his brother Mike and drummer Fergal Lawler in 1989. The group recruits Dolores O’Riordan as lead singer soon after forming. The band goes on to sell in excess of 40 million records worldwide. In total, Hogan has released eight albums with the Cranberries.
The Cranberries go on a six-year hiatus from 2003 to 2009. During this time Hogan turns his focus to his own music. He begins working with programmer Matt Vaughan, who had already done work on unreleased Cranberries songs and Dolores O’Riordan’s solo material. Mono Band is born with Hogan as the sole band member. With vocals being supplied by Richard Walters, Alexandra Hamnede, Kate Havnevik, and other guest artists, he works with Cranberries’ veteran producer Stephen Street to compile a mix of 12 tracks. Working on his side project at the same time, sees their resulting debut album, Mono Band, released on May 20, 2005. He and Mono Band vocalist Richard Walters go on to form Arkitekt. Arkitekt releases two EPs at that time in 2009, working on new material.
After O’Riordan’s untimely death on January 15, 2018, Hogan confirms disbandment of the Cranberries, which occurs after the release of the posthumous album In the End in 2019, saying, “The Cranberries without Dolores just isn’t The Cranberries… we won’t replace our friend and lead singer.”
Hogan’s work independent of the Cranberries has been released on his own label, Gohan Records, and is published through Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the world.
Hogan also produces bands on the local music scene in Limerick. On July 10, 2009, Gohan Records releases Tonelist in collaboration with Limerick Live 95FM‘s Green and Live show. It is a collection featuring musicians in the Limerick music scene.
In 2022, Hogan debuts The Puro, a new duo alongside Brazilian singer Mell Peck.