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 singer Conor Cassidy to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from London, England. I spent most of my childhood there until my parents moved to Canada in my teenage years. These days I split my time between England, the U.S. and Canada. My Dad was a musician, there were always guitars lying around the house. Instead of watching Teletubbies I would watch Neil Young or the Rolling Stones and imitate their every move with a tennis racket - this was at four years old. So it's always been a significant part of my life.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up my musical influences stemmed from my parents record collection. Neil Young, The Stones, Springsteen, Dylan, Tom Petty. All those guys. These days my taste hasn't changed so much. Those guys are still my main heroes. I guess it's just expanded. I find myself listening to Springsteen, then Ray Charles, then Louis Armstrong, then Tom Waits.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as lyric driven acoustic music. I touch on a lot of genres. Country, Blues, Jazz. I try to paint with as many different brushes as possible.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Tell Me How It Feels / The Affair are two songs that I just released. Tell Me How It Feels was written a couple of years ago after a long conversation with a friend about not knowing where my home is. I bounce between continents and have friends and family all over the world. It can mess with your mind sometimes. About three months later, I found myself sitting at the piano and the first few lines fell out the sky. It was smooth sailing from there. The Affair is an even older song I've had tucked away since I was about 19. It's a fictional song about a relationship gone wrong in New York.
What’s your local music scene like?
Well, since I don't live in one location for long periods it's hard to answer that question. My hometown, London, has a great music scene. Probably one of the best in the world. Great clubs and cafes to play.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I'm spending most of this year in Nashville writing and playing. I'm looking forward to it!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Truthfully, not really. Most of the people I'd like to collaborate with have passed on. Oh! I just remembered.., I have a song that I hear as a male and female duet. It's pretty Americana. I think someone like Kacey Musgraves would be great on that one.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Sure. When I was about 14, I was in a band. I used to get very excited before going on stage and would run around the stage like some kind of maniac trying to put on a good show. This particular gig was a New Year's Eve party. We were playing our opening number and I was moving about and suddenly lost my footing, tripped and stumbled about a mile across the stage into one of the amps! All of my band mates were looking at me thinking "what is he doing now?!" Somehow, I managed to catch myself without hitting the ground though.