[GIVEAWAY AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] WITH CONOR MAYNARD
Back in April I introduced you to 19 year old British hip pop sensation, Conor Maynard, as SugarBang's Monday Music Earworm artist. His super catchy single "Can't Say No" caught my ear and I've been hooked ever since. A few weeks ago, Conor premiered his new music video for "Animal" featuring UK rapper Wiley. The song is off his debut album Contrast which will be released in the U.S. on January 8th. In the midst of all this craziness, we got a chance to briefly chat with this young and talented lad about his upcoming album, his music collaborations and what songs he listens to that no one would expect. As a special thanks, we are giving away some cool Conor Maynard swag. Head to SugarBang's Facebook page to find out how you can win your very own Conor Maynard "Vegas Girl" tee and pimped out hat. Ok, onto the interview!
You got your start doing covers of popular songs on YouTube. Which was your favorite cover? Which cover got you the most fan attention?
As i grew up, my love for music grew as well. People started to notice i could sing and it urged me to start recording covers so i could send them out to my friends (mainly so i could eat lunch at school rather than being asked to sing haha) My cover of Marvins Room was one of my favourite covers to do, although my cover of Only Girl (In The World) was the fastest growing in views.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Eminem
What was the first album you remembered listening to on repeat?
Probably Justin Timberlake - Justified!
What was the first concert you went to?
Tinie Tempah, he’s a british rapper. I didn’t really go to any shows growing up, my first one was when i was already 18!
Being compared to Justin Bieber or even Justin Timberlake will be inevitable. What makes you different from them?
Whilst recording my album i always had the motto in my head “it’s better to fail in originality than it is to succeed in imitation” so with everything i did i tried to make it different and original. I could never help that i was young and white when discovered (leading to the obvious comparisons) However i feel the music is what created the difference between us, as i was inspired by the various musical influences i had growing up (rnb, rock, hip hop)... plus im british!
What was your experience like at the iTunes Festival. Were there any particular artists or bands you were excited about?
Performing at the iTunes festival was a big highlight for me! It’s always hard doing those kind of shows as the people there arent all necessarily fans of you so you have to prove your place! A challenge is always fun.
While we wait in anticipation for the release of your upcoming album, Contrast, dropping on January 8, 2013, what song(s) did you have the most fun recording and why?
"Animal" is definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album, it’s just dirty and crazy! I recently recorded the video for it so im excited for people to see that also.
You worked with a lot of different big name producers and collaborators on Contrast. Were there any new sounds that came out from it?
I definitely think so, and i would love to tell you about those sounds, however it’s probably better if i just allow you to hear it for yourself ;)
You are planning on performing in 5 free concerts across the US based on fans' feedback! How do fans participate, and is there a city so far you're excited or surprised about visiting?
All the fans have to do is go to mayniacmap.com and vote for the city they want me to perform in! It’s amazing that tampa at the moment is so far ahead, so i’m excited to perform there!
Do you have any funny/crazy fan stories?
I once did a show in a town in the UK called Falmouth, and after the show the fans tried creating a human ladder up the wall so they could climb through the window of the dressing room, we had to shut the window as they actually almost got in!
And lastly the most important question for you. What songs do you listen to on your iPod that no one would expect?
High School Musical. wooooooooo
Conor, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. We are so excited for your new album that's coming out in a few weeks. In the mean time, we will be playing "Animal" on repeat here at the SugarBang office. Here's to a great 2013. Cheer mate!
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