Since this is your first interview, let's start at the beginning with what got you into EDM and what inspired you to start producing.
Well, I'm fifteen now and I've been producing ever since I was eleven. However I've had a strong interest in music dating back as far as when I was five years old. I started to learn guitar around that time and have kept it up for the past ten years. What got me into EDM was the crazy full and complex sounds that you can only find in electronic music. I never understood how anyone could make those types of sounds as I was still more or less a classical musician. I did what everyone else does nowadays and went on YouTube to teach myself on Cubase after my dad got me my first recording equipment. From there, I've migrated to FL Studio. I've changed my taste of music over the past couple of years, but a big inspiration for me has always been Dillon Francis, believe it or not. Back when I used to make all this moombah, I began to realise that you could use melodic influences too! Then I just started to grow in terms of composing and producing!
In a recent Facebook post, you mentioned that you were looking into making more "show-friendly" tunes. Is there anything more you could tell us about the musical direction of Conor Ross?
Yeah totally! I recently started to develop a whole new bunch of signature sounds that I'm trying out. I think right now I'm finally getting where I want to be musically. The way I want to grow is by showing everyone that I can have a signature style in more than one genre I guess. When someone thinks of "signature sound," you instantly attach it to their most favoured genre, and I really want to avoid that and push myself into all territories equally.
Tell us about your latest track on Camille van Gurp & Rob Kuiper's label, Triad!
This one is super special for me - I actually made the original idea for the drop around this time last year, but it sounded completely different. I dropped the project but then I found myself struggling with a bit of writer's block around three months ago. So I decided to reboot a couple of old projects and this one popped back up. I incorporated my electric guitar in the drop for this and experimented with a whole new arsenal of sounds I've been waiting to test out. Once the instrumental was done, I decided to look for vocals. The vocal process was actually surprisingly easy as I found an amazing singer called Jodie Knight through Instagram. I was on holiday at the time and I asked her to do vocals. Within a week of me coming back, she'd fully recorded and sent over the vocals. Her voice was so easy to work with so the mixdown was a breeze to finish. This is one of the only tracks for me that really just fell together in place and I'm so happy it did! What's even more exciting is that we have a VIP mix I've been working on in addition to some really crazy remixes. I can't wait to share all of those and I really hope everyone enjoys it!
What other responsibilities are you juggling while working on your career?
The most prominent responsibilities at the moment outside of music are definitely my school career and personal life. This year is going to be a very stressful one as I have my final GCSE exams which is basically my future, and as everyone does. For those outside of the UK, the GCSE definition is "a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 14-16, at a level below A level." In other words, they are my final exams before I go off to college.
I also have some important personal issues that can become extremely stressful and take a toll on me. Fortunately, I'm so lucky and grateful for all the good friends I have around me and the music industry that I can use as a bit of an escape if needed. I've most definitely not been the best at managing time to be completely honest, but I've started to get better with that and other things as I've matured a bit more since I've begun. For the new year, I've decided to start dedicating certain days to non-music related things. For example Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, I'll stay behind after school to study. Then in my free time, I'll be splitting it between having fun or sitting down to make some fresh music!
What have been the proudest moments of your journey so far?
I think the proudest moments of my career so far have been releasing an official remix with Foxa of David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Brooks' "Like I Do" as well as hitting over one million streams on Spotify alone this year. There have been some great milestones on other platforms but I'm just so happy to finally release music and get it heard. There are a few other achievements I wish I could talk about here but unfortunately I'm going to have to keep my mouth shut! 2019 is going to be packed full of crazy moments and that's all I'm allowed to say!
For more music, check out Camille van Gurp's playlist on Spotify!
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