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ARTIST INTERVIEW: JOHN CONLIN


Cru cru John Conlin, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. First and foremost what got you into music?


As long as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of music. One of my first core memories was dancing to Bob Marley’s Exodus album in my parents living room. My dad had a 6 stack CD player and that was the first album in it and I was too young to figure out how to skip to the next record, so I’d always be listening to that. I learned to play piano at a very young and when I was 11, I developed my own music tastes and completely fell in love with the pop music that was on the radio at the time. As time went on, I took my love of music and my piano skills and starting writing my own melodies and everything just expanded from there. I downloaded garageband and taught myself how to arrange my ideas and have been going strong ever since.


What’s your favorite album to dance to?


Without a doubt it’s The Fame Monster by Lady GaGa. There’s something so infectious about songs like “Bad Romance” and “Telephone”, that I just can’t help but to get up and move.


Are you a fan of music playing on the radio? Are you still listenning to music in your car?


I’m always listening in my car; it’s actually my favourite place to listen to music. Nothing’s better than driving down the freeway listening to a massive pop song.


How did you manage to come up with this electronic banger: "Months and Months"?


I was in a really vulnerable place when I made this. I finally made the decision to stop talking to my ex. Sometimes it’s best to just realize that things didn’t work out and that there’s no relationship, or friendship, to try and salvage. I sat down at my piano and wrote the song with a really big “F you, you hurt me and deserve bad things in life” meaning. But then I went back and rewrote the lyrics to reflect how I was feeling…why I’m scared of talking to them. It challenged me to be more introspective. When it came time for production, I knew I wanted it to sound really big. My favourite kind of songs are those with sad lyrics but massive, electronic beats. I was channeling Robyn’s “Dancing on my Own”, which is one of the best songs ever made.


How is your experience as an indie artist going?


It has its ups and downs. I definitely love the time I’ve had to personally develop and find my image/sound. I’ve been playing a lot of shows and perfecting my stage craft. I’m still waiting for my “there can be 100 people in a room and 99 of them don’t believe in you, but you just need that one person to believe in you to change your life” moment. I’m excited for what the future holds and hopefully can land a distribution or small record deal in the not too distant future.



What’s your favorite artist?


My favourite artist of all time is Freddy Mercury. When I think rockstar, I think him. His vocals, his writing abilities, the way he sings with such passion, his stage persona, his fashion, his “I don’t care what everyone else is doing, I’m never going to conform to societal standards” attitude…he’s just the absolute best and the most inspiring artist.


Is music constantly playing in your head?


Always, like elevator music! If there isn’t a song stuck in my head, it’s probably cause I’m thinking up a new melody.


Do you consider yourself a music - nerd?


1000%. I come from a classical and music theory background, so I always analyze chords structures and rhythms. I’m also a big music history nerd. If said any popular song from the past 40-50 years, I’d probably be able to tell you what position it peaked at on the Billboard Hot 100. 9. What’s your favorite movie of all time? This is super random, but it’s the film called Knight and Day. It’s this 2010 action/comedy spy movie with Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise and it’s basically a parody of the Mission Impossible movies. There’s one scene where Cruise’s character accidentally frightens Diaz and she starts spraying bullets everywhere while screaming/crying and it makes me burst into a hysterical laughter everytime I see it.


Do you agree with the Pigeon?


Usually I’m not a huge fan of birds cause I think they’re robots that work for the government, but I’ll agree with the Pigeon this one time.



Review

"Months and Months" is gently introduced by synthesizers that promise to become bombastic. John Conlin deals with an awkward heartbreak on a dance floor surrounded by colorful melodies and psychedelics. The dance moves match the euphoric production perfectly, but there's always room for emotion. After a heartfelt kaleidoscopic bridge, John Conlin still feels pathetic in his Saturday night fever. Laugh and get out of here so you don't cry!




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