Joe Connor Little
Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London based singer Joe Connor Little to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I grew up in suburban Leicester but moved to London six years ago. I (reluctantly) undertook classical guitar lessons as a child, but it was the discovery of OK Computer that directed my life towards popular music.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Significant artists in my musical journey have been Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Bjork, John Martyn and Sonic Youth. Recently I think the 1975 and Billie Eilish have done a great job challenging creativity in mainstream pop music.
How would you describe your sound?
As my sound. In the past I’ve adopted stage names, a look or a style… not here; what you’re getting is 100% me.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
It’s called Ordinary, and as of yet it’s my only release. I wrote the song when I was at a low point four years ago - I sat down with my guitar and it just came out.
I had no intention of ever releasing it - I wrote it for myself, as a way of coping with the emotional distress, so it’s highly personal. It’s only recently I came across it on my hard drive and learnt to play it again. I thought I might record it and one thing led to another.
I’ve released it with a video directed for the song by my friend, Isaac Crutchley. The video is made from roughly 1,500 individual collages and hand animated frames, it was an extremely long and tedious process (credits to Isaac) but we’re extremely proud of the end result and feel the visuals and music match perfectly.
The song was mixed and mastered by Jake Day at North Acre Recording Studio in Cambridgeshire. He’s a highly talented producer and I highly recommend his services to any other artists looking to record their music.
What’s your local music scene like?
Over-crowded, expensive and confusing. There’s no central community supportive of new music like there is in smaller cities, and it’s one hell of a challenge to elevate yourself above the noise - though I do quite enjoy some aspects of this; you have to get creative with the release and existence of your music, as well as the creation of it.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
May 13th I played my first ever set alongside a great band called King Nun at the Monarch in Camden (London). It was an event raising awareness of mental health so I’m really happy to have played my first show for such an important cause, and alongside such a great band.
I’m playing the Ritzy in Brixton (London) on the 29th of this month, and next month I’m playing at a festival in Piedmonte, Italy called Fans Out Festival which I’m really looking forward to.
I’m making preparations for an EP which I hope to release in the Autumn, but at the moment most of my focus is on promoting my new single and establishing my presence.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Not at the moment - I’m too busy establishing myself - but in the future, certainly.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I’ve only played the one and it was more-or-less as you’d expect! Before now I’d never performed solo; it can be an unnervingly intimate experience and very different to what I’ve experienced before but incredibly rewarding.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
It’s taken me a long time to get here and doing this feels really significant. I write and arrange all my own music, am unsigned and don’t have any form of management, so I truly appreciate the support.