Getting To Know... Conor Scott

Having already gained a strong and devout following, thanks to his hit releases 'Watch Me Go' and 'Move On' in recent times, Belfast native Conor Scott now returned with his latest uplifting offering 'Overthinking'.

Channeling that same bright and heartfelt approach he brings to everything he creates, 'Overthinking' is a wonderfully euphoric and uplifting return that sees him truly shine. Mixing a bold and vibrant pop-rock aesthetic with his own soaring persona, his newest delight has quickly caught the attention of tastemakers throughout the world.

So with his new single doing the rounds right now, we decided to sit down with his to find out more about his earliest beginnings and what first brought him to the world of music.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I grew up playing the fiddle and traditional Irish music so I was constantly playing that when I was younger and it was the first instrument where I started to really see a progression of improvement in my playing. Anytime I listen to that kind of music it always brings me right back to those times.

What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?

I only ever had acoustic guitars growing up so when I seen guys like Newton Faulkner, Ben Howard and Rodrigo Y Gabriela play anything but your standard chords and using open tunings, that was a real game changer for me. Lyrically I always go back to Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, his story telling and phrasing I just couldn’t and still can’t get enough of.

What kind of music did you love as a teenager?

I genuinely loved all different kinds when I was a teen. Mainly anything with guitar riffs. Early on was probably when I started digging through a lot of my dads old records. He had loads of Classic Rock stuff so there was a lot of Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Queen, The Police, Tom Petty etc. I had a proper emo/metal phase too so that had me listening to loads of Fall Out Boy, Metallica and Megadeth. It wasn’t until I was like 17 when I started getting into more Indie and Folk stuff, which kind of brought everything round full circle.

Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?

That’s a hard one! If I had to really guess… I might have been “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy. It was the first single I ever bought and the CD also played the music video when you put it in the computer. I remember thinking back then, “Yea, I want to do that”.

When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?

Again this always changes! I use to always put the radio on when I first got up, so just whatever was playing on that station. Now I tend to get into these grooves of playing either an album or a playlist I’ve found on repeat until I can’t.

How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?

The majority of them I suppose, I always try to draw on life experiences in what I write, even if nobody is specifically mentioned.


What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?

The most recent live shows that I did where amazing, including selling out a hometown show over Christmas. It was my first time touring proper so going to all these different cities in the uk and Europe sharing a room with different people was amazing. I can wait to get back to that.


Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?

Football, Cooking, Chess.

If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?

In school I was always fond of languages and did really well in French & Irish. I wish I had of kept it up enough to carry a full conversation, I can in parts.. I think I might have liked to do something with regards to that and culture.

And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to stay productive through the coronavirus lockdown?

Keep on keeping on! If its been a creative time, great! If not, still great! Take this time to get what you need done, be it personally, actively, professionally whatever. There’s no judgement, we are all in the same boat. Learn a new chord or two if anything!


Conor Scott's new single 'Overthinking' is available to stream and download now. Check the new isolation video for it in the player below.

Conor Scott - Overthinking Isolation from Conor Scott on Vimeo.