We caught up with Jack Conman after his gig for the Coffee House Sessions Tour!
The Coffee House Sessions are a series of live acoustic and semi-acoustic performances from some of the UK’s hottest singer song-writers and acoustic musicians.
Join us every Wednesday in the Terrace bar to see newly signed artists perform live for free!
Last year we were joined by the likes of Seafret and Hudson Taylor to name a few…
You’re near the end of the Coffee House Sessions tour, how’s it been so far?
It’s quite tiring but it’s really good fun. It’s good to see all the cities and travel around.
You regularly play in Hull so has it been good getting to play lots of different places?
Yeah all the cities are great. Camden was pretty good, it was a good laugh but I’m looking forward to St Andrew’s because the royal family went there but I might be a bit out of place in my ripped jeans. We didn’t get Manchester which was kind of weird though, so that’s a place I want to play because it’s a great city, I’ve got a few friends there at university and the gig life looks really good.
How do you choose the setlist for this tour?
I play a few songs from the EP, Euphoria Springs. My favourite song to perform is probably ‘My Mary’ but it’s not released anywhere so you probably won’t hear it unless you see me live.
Are you planning on releasing it?
Yeah, hopefully but you’ll have to see me live if you want to hear it now.
In the past year you’ve signed with Warren Records and been played on BBC Introducing Humberside, how has that helped you and your music?
Warren Records has helped massively, especially with promotion, getting into papers and doing this tour. I wouldn’t have been able to have done this without Warren Records. They put me in contact with a lot of different people and helped get stuff done.
So, you’ve recently just released your EP, Euphoria Springs, how has the response been?
The response has been really good. It got to fifth on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart so that was crazy.
What was the inspiration behind writing the EP?
It was a collection of songs from a weird stage where something bad happened but throughout the songs life was just getting better. It’s a little story. The song at the end, ‘As We Lay’, is just about forgetting everything and moving on.
Do you prefer the creating or performing music?
I like both. I need the creative writing process to get all my thoughts out, but they both go hand in hand. You write a song then perform it and then you see if people are connecting with it. I don’t write purposely good songs, I don’t write pop songs, so for the EP we just picked the songs that were the most catchy and hooky because there’s 6 songs on the EP but I’ve written 150 songs so we just chose the best ones, it was quite a difficult choice.
Tell me about the lead song, ‘Heroin Strings’.
The song is about exploring what is addiction and what isn’t. So if my best friend moved away to Australia and I didn’t see him, I’d be feeling pretty deprived of being with my best friend and it’s the same with caffeine or drugs. You feel deprived when it’s away from you but is it okay to feel like that with certain things like your friends and family but not okay to feel deprived of drugs because they’re bad. So it’s exploring what is okay to feel that deprivation from because I was with this girl who treated me as a drug, I had to make her feel better about things and comfort her a lot, and it felt like I was a euphoria spring. But it’s not just about that it’s about everything, the way you live your life. You’re taking a little cup and putting it in the euphoria spring to make you happy by doing things you enjoy like work or seeing friends which makes your life fulfilled.
What made you decide to get into music? How did you start?
I was at primary school and there was a guy who ran a Brazilian drum workshop which I got involved with that because it was either that or a dance workshop and I don’t like dancing so I did the drums instead and got a bit hooked. I moved onto guitar when I was 11.
So did your drumming influence your unique style of guitar playing?
Oh yeah, definitely. I played drums first so I always tapped on tables so I thought I might as well tap on the guitar.
Has your music changed much since the beginning?
Yeah, I used to play a lot of punk, Blink-182 kind of stuff, and sung in an American accent which was awful and sounded horrendous. Then it just evolved to what it is now.
So who are you influenced by now?
City And Colour, Matt Corby, and a bit of R&B like Lauryn Hill. I quite like Alt-J as well, a bit of everything really, a lot of different genres.
Even though you’ve only just recently released your EP what are your plans for this year? More releases, more tours?
Definitely, there’ll be another EP after this tour and then another tour.Upcoming Events