Since the age of 13, Trey Connor has been captivating people with his skilful guitar work and clear, melodic voice. Now, gone is the child and before you stands a man ready to dominate the pop-rock scene. Heading off to Austin, Texas - a city known for its live music - from his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, Trey is ready to start over. Talking about his musical background, inspirations and reasons for the move, here is my interview with the outstanding Trey Connor.
Trey, your journey into music began at a relatively young age performing since 13, and even playing in a band during your mid-teens. Why did you choose to be a musician?
It’s a funny story actually. I picked up the guitar when I was 11 after an obsession with Guitar Hero and that pushed me to learn the real thing. A few years later, I started singing and just knew that music was what I wanted to do with my life.
Is your family musical in any way?
My grandma was a self-taught keyboard player and singer, but she was the only other musician in the family.
In 2015, you won the Detroit Music 'People's Choice Award', and started producing albums from 2016 onwards. However, you now moved away from Detroit to Texas - why the relocation and essential 'starting over'?
The Detroit music scene will always have a special place in my heart, but I was just ready for my next adventure. It has definitely been tough 'starting over', but I have met some really cool people here, and the city is all about everything music. The scene is much larger and diverse here, and I believe it’s worth starting fresh if it’s in a place with more opportunities.
Why did you choose Austin?
I know Austin might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of relocating for music. I chose Austin over places like LA or Nashville for a few different reasons, but mainly because I like the vibe here a lot. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody here, and it really is a beautiful and inspirational city. It’s also the live music capital of the country!
Relocation is a massive responsibility, regardless of the purpose of your move. What advice would you give to performers who are moving to a new area and scene?
My advice is that, if you really feel that relocating is the best move for your career don’t second-guess yourself and just do it while you still can. My only regret is that it took me so long to find the courage to actually do it. Also, don’t be too selective with opportunities. Take every one you can get and play out as much as you can because that’s how you’ll meet people and really get to know the scene.
Who are your inspirations from a musical and personal perspective?
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has and always will be one of my huge inspirations. Not only is he an incredibly talented musician, but you can tell he’s a great, humble guy. As far as artist influences go, I love James Bay, Imagine Dragons, NEEDTOBREATHE, Goo Goo Dolls, Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay – to name a few.
You have an upcoming single in the works. What can you tell me about it?
If all goes well, I’m planning the release of a new single sometime in the spring. I’m spending a lot of time on this one because I really want it to be its own thing, so it doesn’t blend in with my last EP.
Have you experienced any challenges when recording the single?
Just delays so far with the move and everything, but the springtime is what I’m shooting for!
What is your songwriting process?
I usually start off with a melody first, then structure it, then add lyrics and clean everything up. I have done it differently though; it just depends on what hits me first.
You played in bands when you were younger. Do you prefer performing as part of a band or as a solo artist?
Even as a solo artist, I definitely prefer performing when backed with a band!
You're only 22, so do you think your youth is a benefit or a disadvantage when embarking on a new musical project?
I think it is a little bit of both. I like to think I still have a lot of time to achieve my goals, but also realise there is still a lot of learning and experiences ahead for me.
If you could perform with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
This is a tough question. I would kill for the opportunity to perform with a band like U2 or NEEDTOBREATHE. They are both incredible performers in different ways, and I’m all about putting on a great show. There’s a lot to learn from these guys.
That's it! Thanks so much for speaking with me, Trey. I hope you enjoy Austin, and I look forward to your new single.
If you want to find out more about Trey Connor, then check him out on his Facebook, Twitter or official website. As a special something extra, we have his new video 'My Ghosts' available!
*embed the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_oUStgSMRw
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Written by Nicole Mendes / Germany - Norden
My name is Nicole and I am a South African-born music writer currently based in Norden, Germany. For several years I have worked with award-winning indie music blogs conducting reviews, reported on breaking festival news, but my specialism is interviewing. I currently work as editor-in-chief for an indie music blog I founded where I specialise in interviews with independent artists.
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