July’s Spotlight comes in the shape of Connor Adams, a singer-songwriter from Ipswich.
Off the back of two incredible EP’s, Connor Adams is starting to become a well-known name around the East. His first EP Locked Doors astonishingly reached No.5 in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts landing him slots at prestigious festivals around the UK and support from BBC Introducing.
We spoke to Connor about how he got into music, and his musical influences:
What got you into music?
“Growing up there would always be music playing around the house. Whether it was my dad listening to Bon Jovi or my brother blasting out Eminem, there was always something for me to listen to whether I wanted to or not. I used to steal my dad’s CD’s and Sony Walkman and listen to records in my bedroom for hours. When I was 7, I asked my Mum and Dad for a guitar, we went down to the local music shop and bought a black Squire & a Roland amp. I still have them now, I played it to death!”
Can you cite any notable influences to your music?
Again, the influences came from what my family would be playing on the road trips etc. Things such as Shania Twain, Bryan Adams (no relation unfortunately) & Foo Fighters. The Foo’s were honestly the first band I remember being obsessed with. I got to see them at Wembley when I was 11 years old, it rocked.
When I got to the age where I could go out and buy a CD or download a single of iTunes, artists such as Ed Sheeran, Stereophonics & Fleetwood Mac started to influence my music. One of my favourite things to do is to listen to new music, music i’ve never heard before. It fascinates me, in my mind I go into such depth about every aspect of the song. I get my full geek on!
His latest EP Open My Eyes is his strongest piece of work to date and easily one of our favourites of 2018. Songs like Since You Came Around and the title track Open My Eyes stand out with their modern guitar-pop sound with elements of country and R’n’B to them. Adams said to us “this EP is something I’m really proud of, hearing the good responses is an amazing feeling”.
More recently, Adams has had the opportunity to support The Darkness which he says was “pretty nuts”, as well as playing to over two thousand people at Guildford Live. Having played that gig with just his loop pedal, he said to us how he’d love to play that size of a show with this full backing band. Him and his backing band also played Homegrown Festival where his performance was one of our highlights of the weekend.
His aim for the next few years is to keep touring with this band promoting his latest EP, and to keep making ‘sweet, sweet music’. And after his last two EP’s, we can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
July 14th – Wichambrook Greyhound (Free Entry)
July 21st – Jimmys Farm
July 28th – Jerwood Dancehouse’
The track ‘Open My Eyes’ by Connor Adams will be played every Friday night of July on the Huntingdon Community Radio ‘Spotlight’ show, broadcast just after 9pm!