For the latest addition into our Artist Profile series, we bring you a Canadian producer named Conro. Beginning to play the violin at just age seven, Conro is no stranger to music theory. As a young man, he learned how to play several instruments including piano, guitar, and the drums and even played in the Saskatoon Youth Symphony Orchestra. With such a strong background in music, he was able to use those skills to create music of multiple genres, including rock and folk.
However, the beginning of electronic producer Conro began several years ago when he got hooked onto electro house music. He caught a huge break in 2014 with the opportunity to play on tour with Dyro and Bassjackers. More recently, his track remix of Paris Blohm’s “Something About You,” was chosen as the official anthem for Ultra Music Festival 2016, a huge honor for any artist. Now that he’s settling into his own unique sound, Conro’s style now is a combination of smooth future bass tunes with melodic compositions. We had the opportunity to ask Conro a bit about his style and influences as an artist:
How did you come up with the name Conro? Is it literally just switching the last two letters in your first name, or is there a more significant meaning behind it?
Well, I had a self-titled project name Conor Patton which was a folk music production I worked on before Conro. I kept spelling my name wrong every time I tried to save that project so I decided if I was ever to start another project I would just go with my dyslexic name Conro! Haha!
Over the years you’ve been involved with many different genres; starting off with classical music then delving into alternative rock. How did you get into producing folk music before electronic?
Growing up I’ve always loved all types of music including folk, rock an,d many other genres. My dad had recorded a few original compositions on reel-to-real which eventually made its way to my ears. It was like a James Taylor / Cat Stevens vibe and I was in love with the style. I was hooked and listened to his tracks on repeat. It was really inspiring for me and pushed me to pursue the singer songwriter career.
You started off producing electro/progressive music (my personal favorite genre), and slowly transitioned into a future bass producer. Do you see yourself going back to electro ever? Why or why not?
I am always into all types of genres and music styles so I would definitely be open to producing that style again! I also love those genres, just right now for me I’m focusing on the sounds that tickle my own ear drums and it’s been working really well.
Who is your favorite artist that you’ve worked with and why?
I really enjoy working with all artists I’ve collaborated with so far! But if I have to choose one, I have been working on a song with Droeloe and it’s been so inspirational and exciting working with them. No release date yet on the track but it is fire and can’t wait to show it off.
In “I Wanna Know” you recorded your own vocals. What made you decide to do this and is it a trend we will see in future Conro music?
I’ve always sung on my own music in the past so I just thought it was time to release an original featuring myself. I have a couple of songs I’m working on with my own vocals and can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve been working on.
Any future music/tours coming up that we need to know about?
I’m currently working really hard to finish up my album, so I haven’t had much time to think about the tour. My management is working hard to set up 2017 and its already looking crazy amazing! But as of right now I can’t say too much at the moment and you’ll just have to wait until I get to announce it on my social media pages. I can’t wait to share what’s going on for next year!
If you were to stop producing electronic music tomorrow, but not stop making music altogether, what genre would you move into?
I would probably start making indie/alternative rock with some friends!
Anything else you want fans to know about Conro?
I want people to know that I really love Caesars… and if you don’t know what those are, come visit me here in Canada and I will make you a mean Ceasar 😉