Six Questions With Connor Duermit
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Next in the hot seat is Los Angeles-based indie singer-songwriter Connor Duermit. We’ve not covered Connor in the past, so we are just learning about him and his music! If you’re not familiar with Connor Duermit, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
My music is best described as pop-soul. I always attempt to write melodies and lyrics that are catchy and understandable (the pop), but also from the heart (the soul). Every song I write is from a very real place in my heart and connects to a memory or experience that has had a great impact on my life.
I’m from Asheville, North Carolina. My mother is a singer and introduced me to music at a young age. I’ve been singing and performing since I was four, but it wasn’t until I moved to LA and linked up with my label, Known Strangers, that I began writing my own music.
As an artist, how do you define success?
For me, success is having a positive influence on the world both through my music and through my actions. I don’t want to separate myself from my art. Both as Connor Duermit the artist and as Connor Duermit the person, I hope to share what I’ve experienced and learned in life with as many people as possible.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
The greatest struggle thus far has been learning to be more patient. People in this industry, more than anywhere else I’ve experienced, work at a different speed than I do. I often find myself waiting and having to find ways to stay productive as other people play their role in the process. At the end of the day it all works out, but sometimes I want it to be faster.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
If I could play one of my songs that I’ve written thus far for the rest of my life, it would honestly be “Never Letting Go.” While it’s not the most upbeat of my songs, and while I know I love dancing and bouncing around on stage, it’s the most vulnerable, and it is from a time where I really felt a lot of love in my life. I was in a great place when I wrote that song, and I’m always happy to go back to that place.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
You would think I would name a music artist or band, but I would have to say my mother and father are my greatest influence. They raised me with so much love and also introduced me to most of the music I listened to as a kid. Their influence is definitely present in who I am and the music I make.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
My biggest creative outlet other than music is probably carpentry. I love building things. I grew up working in construction with my father’s design/build company and then learned woodworking in high-school and college. It is a great way to be creative mentally and physically, and it’s always fun to use the things you build. Nearly every experience I write about in my music happened in a place that was created and built by someone. They go hand-in-hand.