Special Interview: Will Conn

Will Conn stops by THEAUSSIEWORD.COM for a one on one interview.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

I absolutely love writing songs, and the idea of living a life doing what I love every day is my dream, and it motivates me to keep pushing. My motivation is also derived from the opportunity to share my music with the world and follow in the footsteps of my idols, such as Ed Sheeran. Inspiring people all over the world with something I make it something that I dream about.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?

A huge goal of mine is to sell out a world tour, to reach and inspire as many people as I can through my own music. I guess that’s the ultimate for any artist and something that I am reaching for in the future. 

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

I am releasing my next single in November this year. Next year I will be writing, producing, and releasing as many songs as physically possible. At this early stage in my career, I have no plans to tour but it is for sure something on the radar for the future.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

I wrote ‘Far Apart’ while Australia, my home country, was under COVID 19 lockdown. It tells the story of missing the person you love most all because of the stringent laws. Even though she was physically close to me, it may as well have been miles and miles because it was illegal to see each other under the conditions.  I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to lyrics, I go back and rewrite a lot of my songs. However, I think because the pandemic was such a time of intense emotion for everyone (not just me), Far Apart was written in a total of about 2 hours, which is quick for me. I think my music is actually very versatile, so it is hard to describe my music as a whole. I love song writing so I try to explore as many avenues as possible when writing a song. You guys will understand more when my next single drops – I can’t wait to see what you all think of it.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

 I love it. I love writing about stuff that has happened in my life and to have these songs as memories to look back on is something that I will cherish forever. I also love being able to connect to people all over the world through my music.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

As a songwriter, I believe that nothing should be kept hidden. When it comes to my writing, I want to be an open book. It is, in my opinion, the best way to get the most out of your music and to reach as many people as possible. 

Success, what is the secret to it?

I’m not there yet, but I believe that success is different for everyone on the planet. I, on the other hand, am very hungry and thrive to be where I want to be every single day, and I’m not going to stop until I’ve achieved what I consider to be my version of success.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

Staying awake until midnight to hear my first release on Spotify. It felt like staying up for Santa on Christmas. Best feeling ever.  

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

 My biggest inspiration comes from Ed Sheeran. His talent is incomparable, he is the type of artist I want to be like. He’s a family guy and I like that most about him.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

November 2022 will see my second release ‘Not Mad’.

2023 will be full of writing, producing, and releasing the songs I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. They are currently all pinned to a wall in my makeshift studio at home. 

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years?

 In the coming years, I hope to have a few albums out and to be constantly working on new music, with fans eagerly anticipating it. I think that is perhaps my biggest dream of all.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

There are so many aspects of writing, recording, and sharing my music with the world that I could go on and on. However, the thing I dislike most about making music at this point is the cost of achieving the level of quality that I believe my music deserves. I’d live in the studio if it weren’t for the costs.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

At the moment, I’d have to go with The Kid Laroi. It takes a lot of courage and perseverance to get from where he was to where he is now, especially at such a young age. He’s a serious inspiration and I hope that one day I can be that inspirational.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? 

This is a difficult question to answer. I think that social media and websites where you can submit your music to people all over the world may make it easier for an artist nowadays. However, I don’t believe my career as an artist has been long enough for me to comment on a question as big as that.

How will you continue appealing to the international market?

Every day, I continue to promote my music through submission websites and social media. I think that’s the best way to continue to appeal to that market – I hope it is anyway.

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list? 

I haven’t had the opportunity to collaborate with anyone else yet, but I would love to. I have a good friend who is an emerging rapper from here in Sydney, and I’d love to collaborate with him. However, internationally, Ed Sheeran is and always will be at the top of my wish list. I believe we have similar style of music, and I would learn a lot from him, and I am all about the learning process.

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?

My number one word of advice would be not to worry about the outcome and to just take that first step, start walking, then run.

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?

I always respond to messages from fans and will continue to do so for as long as I am able. I am eternally grateful to them. If anyone is reading this, please reach out to me.

Any last words?

Just a big thank you to you Brian, for allowing me to do this write up and share my music with anyone who will listen.

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