NAS 10 Questions with Charles Connolly
[Interview Number 32]
This time, we get to know Charles Connolly whose brand new track "To See My Lover Again" is out now. His music is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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Okay, let’s get into the Ten questions for Charles Connolly!
𝟭. 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝗯𝗯𝘆? I’m from London, a curious little big place in the land of Eng. A peculiar first question, but ‘hobby’ is far too small a word for my love and world of music. Therefore, I suppose that ‘hobby’ would have to be scooting around London on my little illegal electric scooter. I also enjoy endlessly streaming playlists I’m on, day-in, day-out. 𝟮. 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰/𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻? It all started when I was a tiny blob (post womb) with a nose to signify the front. I heard, then I listened, then I liked, then I loved. I had to be a part of that, and so I picked up a small guitar and started. I wanted to hear songs that didn’t exist. So I wrote and recorded them, and listened to my heart’s content. 𝟯. 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀?
It all started - predictably - with Herman’s Hermits. No, sorry - The Beatles. They and McCartney used to be my biggest influence. But nowadays it’s extremely hard to say. Everyone and no one. I like to think I am quite original, but I know I am therefore a musical sponge, having absorbed so much over the years, that it’s all amalgamated into what seems to be “my sound”. Although that sound may differ from song to song…!
𝟰. 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰? Remember that tiny blob about which I spoke? Well I was by now maybe closer to a twig. I think I was about 9 or 10, so around 1908. I started on drums, then worked my way back to the guitar (having both started and stopped at the age of about 6 or 7). Then I truly started writing when I was about 19 or 20. I am older now. 𝟱. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆? My ultimate goal is to have millions listening to and loving my music, whether as an artist in my own right or my songs. Everybody likes a bit of praise now and again (Hell yes)… But it is more the satisfaction of pleasing people and making them smile or tingle - no, not in that way, but in my writing and producing. People seem to like what I do, so it is just a simple case of getting to millions and millions of potential fans’ ears… Easy!-(er said than done). Hopefully these wonderful playlists of ours will start the ball rolling into the pinball machine that is the music industry. Who knows?!! 𝟲. 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲? Ahem (I don’t perform). What’s that…? Ahem, I don’t perform. Yes yes, the virus, none of us is performing at the moment. No no, I don’t perform. I have done, but it isn’t what I do best - although have been told in the past I am good live. I just feel right coming from the speakers. Hence although I do all my music myself, I am happy for a massive singer to come along and sing my songs! When I say massive, I don’t mean Mama Cass, but très populaire. I quite like the idea of a live studio though. Nerve-racking nonetheless. Actually, really loud in the middle of a huge empty field might be just the thing. Not much in the way of bustle, but a mighty fine experience, I am sure. 𝟳. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴? I don’t know how ANYone can answer this question. It’s like being asked “What’s your favourite film?” - I think one has to start with genre. Whatever it is, though, it would surely have to be something Beatles. Or maybe Queen. For argument's sake, I’ll start the argument off by saying Strawberry Fields Forever. But it almost certainly isn’t my favourite. There are certain songs that do things to me, and they certainly wouldn’t be what I would call ”favourites”. Take, for example, Strange and Beautiful by Aqualung, Knives Out by Radiohead or Sun by Caribou - these DO something to me. But I absolutely wouldn’t say they are my absolute favourites. Maybe they are! Maybe that’s what favourite should mean! I don’t know - ask me again some time soon… 𝟴. 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁? Using the wrong cutlery. 𝟵. 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁?
Using the correct cutlery. 𝟭𝟬. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗯 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲? The all-time ideal would be Paul McCartney, just simply because I feel we would gel well and because it is just about the coolest thing ever to have done. Oh that feeling! I can but dream. For some reason I would also like to write for and sing with Mel C (aka Sporty Spice) because she’s really real and down-to-earth and I think our voices would work really well together. And there’s always Mark Ronson - Hell YES! Not to mention a couple of deadies - Fred Astaire and Sinatra. Anyway, there ya go, peeps - it’s been nice chatting. That’s my two cents! Brother, can you spare a dime?
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