Special Interview: Eamonn Conor

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Eamonn Conor.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

It all started when I was just a young boy, singing and performing with my brother and sister in the loungeroom/dining room. Music was always a part of my life, and I was drawn to its power to bring people together, to heal, and to inspire. The love and support from my family and friends encouraged me to keep trying to pursue a career in the music industry. 

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

The biggest motivation for me is the desire to touch people’s hearts and make a positive impact through my music. I’m constantly inspired by life experiences, emotions, and the world around me. I strive to create music that resonates with people, that makes them feel something deep inside. I also am highly motivated by wanting to leave a legacy be something out of the ordinary that most people are comfortable living with. I don’t want to ever be comfortable; I want to be different and something special through creating.  

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

My ultimate goal is to create timeless music that will continue to be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come. I also aspire to use my platform to spread love, unity, and positive change in the world. I want to inspire others to follow their dreams and to believe in the power of music. My biggest goal is to one day win a grammy.  

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

Well, I’m always working on new music and exploring different creative avenues. While I can’t reveal to much yet, I can say that there are exciting projects in the works. As for touring, it’s something I absolutely love, and I’m always considering opportunities to connect with people on stage. We have current gigs at the Tote in Melbourne on the 29th of July, and the Gasometer on the 7th of September.  

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

My latest release, “If You Were Mine,” is a feel-good song that invites everyone to let loose and enjoy the power of music and dance. It’s fusion of disco, R&B, and pop, with a catchy melody and an infectious groove. I would describe my music as a reflection of my passion for storytelling, rhythmic innovation, and creating melodies that stay with you long after the song ends.  

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

Inspiration can come from anywhere and at any time. Sometimes it’s a melody that pops into my head, other times it’s a concept or a feeling I want to express. I’m always observing and absorbing the world around me, whether it’s nature, personal experiences, or social issues. Once an idea takes hold, I collaborate with talented musicians and producers to bring it to life. I normally will come up with melodies through my mouth and record that into my phone recording. I then take it to my Keyboardist who creates harmonisations and transcribes into chords. 

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

Music is a powerful medium, and it often carries deeper meanings. Some of my songs contain personal messages, while others tackle societal issues or convey universal emotions. I believe that music has the ability to transcend boundaries and touch people’s souls, so listeners may interpret my songs in their own unique way. I also don’t like to give to much away in regards to what the song is about as I do love letting the listener interpret the song in their own way.  

Success, what is the secret to it?

The secret to success, in my opinion, lies in staying true to yourself, following your passion, and never giving up. Hard work, dedication, and constantly pushing the boundaries of your creativity are key. It’s also important to surround yourself with a supportive team and, most importantly, to always remember why you started in the first place. Although success if measured subjectively and is up to the individual, I am not successfully yet, so I really don’t know the answer. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

There have been so many incredible moments throughout my career, but if I had to choose one, I would say the release of my first E.P “Thoughts.” It because the start of my musical journey, and although I had no idea about anything in the music industry and still to this day do not, I am glad it had even just one person listen to it, as I am just happy that I get to create it but also have somebody appreciate it is something very special to me. The process of that first E.P “Thoughts” was a testament to the power of music to unite myself with other creative people and to creating lasting friendships. 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

There are countless artists who have inspired me throughout my journey. Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Phil Collins are just a few names that come to mind. Their talent, creativity, and dedication to their craft have left a lasting impression on me. I’m always inspired by those who push boundaries, break barriers, and use their art to make positive differences. 

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

Yes, there are always new projects in the works. As an artist, I’m constantly exploring new avenues of creativity and collaborating with talented individuals. While I can’t reveal specific details at the moment, I can assure you that there are exciting things on the horizon. I can however say that my music video for “Table 17” the first single will be finally coming out late August. 

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

The music industry is indeed ever-evolving, and it’s important to adapt and embrace new technologies and trends. As an artist, my focus will always be on creating music that connects with people on a deep level. I see myself continuing to explore different genres, collaborating with other talented artists, and finding innovative ways to reach my audience. I think one thing will be to incorporate backing tracks into the live shows and add an electronic feel to it which is more pop/synth driven with still having the live musical instrument aspect as well. 

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

My favourite part is undoubtedly the connection I get to make with people/audience through my music. Seeing how my songs which they have never heard of before, make them feel amazing in the moment and bring them joy is incredibly rewarding. As for the least favourite part, it would have to be the management side of things. But ultimately, the love and support I receive from people outweigh any challenges. I love performing, but I really do not like the managing/organising gigs/logistics side of things and believe it or not I dislike social media….. but for my line of work I must use it to get the best results I can. 

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Australia has produced some truly exceptional talent. Some of my favourite Australian Artists include INXS, Troy Sivan and ICEHOUSE. Their music has had a global impact and continues to inspire artists and music lovers around the world.

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?

The evolution of the music industry has brought both exciting opportunities and new challenges. Social media has become a powerful tool for artists to connect directly with their fans and share their music on a global scale. It allows for a more intimate and immediate connection, which is something I value deeply. It’s a way to express myself, share my art, and engage with my fans in a meaningful way. In saying this I do however think social media has a very dark side to it as well which I won’t get into, which is the part I dislike about it. As mentioned earlier if it wasn’t for music, I don’t believe I would be using it. I think Cillian Murphy does alright and he doesn’t use any. 

How will you continue appealing to the international market?

International appeal has always been important to me. I believe that music is a universal language that transcends borders and cultures. To continue appealing to the international market, I will continue to explore diverse musical styles, collaborate with artists from different backgrounds, and create music that resonates with a wide range of listeners. The key is to stay authentic and true to myself while embracing the beauty of global influences. I would however like to build a good fan base here in Australia first. 

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

Collaboration is something I truly enjoy. It’s a chance to bring together different creative energies and create something unique. Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with many talented creators, not so much artists. As for my wish-list, there are so many incredible musicians I would have loved to collaborate with. Some names that come to mind are Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, and Kool & The Gang. Their artistry and musical genius are truly inspiring. 

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

My advice would to always believe in yourself and your talent. Stay true to who you are and work tirelessly to perfect your craft. Surround yourself with a supportive team, and never be afraid to take risks and push boundaries. And most importantly, let your passion and love for music guide you. It’s the fuel that will sustain you through the ups and downs of this industry. I also think some good advice would be to not follow trends just because their popular. I feel people and us as a society try and to what’s hip or cool, but that isn’t being true to you or showing any level of individualism. I think some artists are trying to follow a trend that is driven politically to fit in, but I think you need to be OK with who you are and not feel the need to follow what is accepted at the time.

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

I don’t have fans yet as far as I know, but to the people who take time to listen to my content, follow me on socially media and see any good in me as a human being and respect which is all I ask for. For the people who respect me, and all listed above, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and love throughout the years. You have been my inspiration and the friendships I have made along the way, you are my driving force. I interact with people through various platforms, including social media, where I share updates, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and personal messages. Your messages and kind words throughout this process to me mean the world to me, and I always strive to respond and show my appreciation as much as I can. My promise to you is I will never ever give up on my dream and I will never stop until the day I die. 

Any last words?

I want to thank everyone who has supported me and my music. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to share my art with the world. Remember, love and music have the power to heal, to bring people together, and to make the world a better place. Keep spreading love and positivity, and never stop believing in the magic of music. Most importantly I want to thank my mother and father who have supported me throughout my life. They have been through everything with me, and through my trials and tribulations. I am very fortunate that I had the ability and was graced with amazing parents who to this day still support me no matter what I do. They come to gigs, help me out when needed and instilled valuable life lessons and teachings that I always try and make them proud by the person I am and continue to become. Love you both Mark and Debbie.  

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