Hi CONNR, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been very well – thank you for taking the time for this interview!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cynical Love”?
Cynical Love is my first single as a solo artist. Musically, I would describe the song as a mix of The Chainsmokers, The 1975 and Busted; foundationally built with hip-hop elements, but layered with guitars to give it more of a live, alt rock feel in a pop landscape. Lyrically, it’s a bit darker themed – centered around a toxic relationship. I feel that the lyrical content is offset by the “happy” nature of the music.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There wasn’t necessarily a specific event that took place to inspire the song, but I will say this: I come from a background of very traditional rock style writing and playing; When I was first writing the song (about 3 years ago), I was just getting into producing and recording, so I wanted to challenge myself by creating something mostly electronic based. This song was what came out, and it was a really great learning experience. I combined the hip hop production with a rock/pop style approach to create something that was unique and fulfilling for me, genre-wise.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
There is a lyric video that should drop shortly after the single is released!
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote this song pretty quick actually – The music I came up with within about 20 minutes and the lyrics were written within about an hour. The foundational elements such as drums, bass synth, pads etc. were recorded at my studio, 137 Productions LLC. Once the song was in at least a “demo” like state, I recruited Will Pugh of Cartel/Taurids to produce the rest – I flew to Nashville with a buddy of mine and finished the recording process at Will’s studio. I chose to seek out a producer rather than self-produce so that I could have objective feedback at any given time. Will also mixed the track!
What role does LA play in your music?
I think it plays a big role. I’ve lived here since I was 17; many of the experiences I’ve had that have inspired my music took place in an LA setting.
How has Chainsmokers and The 1975 influenced your writing?
The 1975 is one of my favorite bands and have been highly influential on most of my music since I first heard them. Across the board, I feel like they’ve influenced everything from my lyrics, to genre to guitar playing. I think The Chainsmokers influence is mostly centered around this song’s production specifically with the heavy EDM like drums and bass synth.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Certainly! There are a few other solo songs in the works as well as a new alt rock band – the latter will likely be my main focus musically starting in 2021 when we officially launch, with my solo singles dropping intermittently between the band schedule and/or based on demand. In addition to this, I also produce a number of artists and therefore have music I’ve worked on being released regularly.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Cynical Love drops on November 20th, 2020 – there’s more music ready to go but those release dates are TBD!
What else is happening next in CONNR’s world?
Releasing solo material and music from my new band are very exciting things that I’m very much looking forward to! I produce artists full time with my company, 137 Productions LLC, so I look forward to working with as many artists as possible in the coming year. Aside from all of this, I’m also currently developing an app, but that’s about as much as I can share at this time regarding that!