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CONNOR

ADAMS

EXCLUSIVE

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

 

I've always loved music for as long as I can remember. I started playing guitar at the age of 8 and then started writing songs when I was around 10 years old (not very good ones). I guess I decided to take music as a serious career around the age of 17/18 after sixth form. I played Rugby at a high level for a very long time and if I was going to choose a career out of the two I'd have to drop one to take it seriously and really make it happen - so I chose music. 

 

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

 

My inspirations come from the music that was playing at home as a child. Mum and Dad would always be playing music around the house, or on long car journeys to see the family. We'd all have our turn to pick what CD to play, most commonly played were: Foo Fighters, Shania Twain, Fleetwood Mac, Bryan Adams. 

 

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

 

Hmmm three things. Well, I love to cook - I don't know if a lot of people know that. I absolutely adore film, I go to the cinema at least once a week - obsessed! And i'm related to The Darkness, so that's pretty darn cool. 

 

What song of yours best describes you and why?

 

I have a song called Issues. It doesn't describe me specifically, but it describes the feeling of how I struggle with the industry. I feel like that a lot, and Issues really helped chill me out about it all. Calm in the Madness is a close second!

 

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

 

Has to be playing the Isle of Wight last year. The sound was amazing, such a massive stage for a massive occasion. I really thought that I'd be nervous and that might have a play on the performance but it was probably the most relaxed i've been on stage - weird right! The atmosphere was electric. 

 

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

 

I saw Sam Fender play at Wembley Arena in 2022, and it was the best sound/stage production I'd seen in a long time. I remember thinking to myself that it would be an absolute dream to play this place. 

 

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

 

Ermmm, I mean I'm proud of a bunch of stuff i've achieved over the years but I guess the thing i'm always most proud of is the music itself. That's what I love and that's why i'm in this industry, for the music. 

 

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

 

After my gig at the Isle of Wight the band and I grabbed a load of beers and got to watch Robbie Williams serenade us, that was pretty wild/so much fun. Forgot how many bangers he had, was bangers and mash. 

 

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

 

The creativity and freedom, there's no rules and I think that creates such a fun environment. 

 

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

 

No idea, I'd hope for maybe something creative in film. But most likely plumbing for my dads company. 

 

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

 

Foo Fighters, Milton Keynes bowl. Royal Blood and Iggy Pop as support, just an absolute savage night. Dave Grohl had broken his leg so he was on his throne rocking out. We were standing in the pit and it was just amazing. 

 

What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

 

I'm into so many different genres it'd be impossible to choose. I do think it'd be cool however to see a 'All the Classics' festival involving people like: Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Blondie etc. 

 

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

 

Take things professionally, not personally. 

 

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

 

Friends and family make me happy. I have no time for Rudeness. 

 

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

 

I feel like my job oddly involves a lot of screens, phone, laptop etc - so I really love taking breaks and going on long walks when I can. 

 

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

 

I think there's good and bad in most things. The internet can be a great tool for your music to get heard, it's just important that you find a comfortable usage balance. 

 

How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

 

I think it should only be important to you. The only other person that should comment on your appearance is an expert that you may have hired. 

 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

 

It's been such an amazing few years growing as an artist and growing the fanbase. I have so much to thank you all for as we continue to grow, it's great having you grow with me. 

 

How would you answer the question Who is Connor Adams and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?

 

I'm a songwriter that loves performing live. I don't see much difference between the two as I'm never really away from music. Of course on stage it does seem like an enhanced version of yourself, but that's not a conscious thing it just happens naturally - you feed off of the crowd and the moment. 

 

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

 

Nickleback - Hero from the Spider-Man soundtrack. Because it's an absolute banger!

 

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

 

Do what you love, if that's music - go for it! You're never going to get everything right straight away, it takes time and perseverance. But if you love it enough, it won't feel like a job.  

 

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

 

Mmm, probably Kelly Jones from Stereophonics. I just love his voice and his songs, I connect with most of the records he releases. It'd be fun!

 

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

 

The Chain by Fleetwood Mac is always my answer for this. We play this in the live set every now'n then and it works perfectly, love it. 

 

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

 

New single "Better Days" coming out on March 8th. Which is actually my birthday too wahoo! We then have a couple of dates in April which I'd love to see you at. April 6th at The Water Rats London and April 20th at Off The Square in Manchester. 

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