You’re back with a brand new single, Talking About. What have you been up to since your last release way back in 2013? Desperately trying to grow a beard! I’ve basically just been working on the new album really. In the summer it will be 3 years since my first album came out, so I’ve been trying to make sure it’s exactly what I wanted. I’ve been working with some amazing people. [Other than that] last night I went out with a bunch of YouTubers – Casper Lee, Joe Sugg – and I had a bit of a fan girl moment because I met the girl who plays Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones and I was really nervous! I didn’t know if she was going to stab me with a fork or shake my hand so that was pretty nerve-wracking, but still an amazing experience. But yeah, I’ve been working on the album just trying to finish it!
Awesome. Well I’m definitely with you on the whole beard thing, I can’t grow one at all either! You did also take part in the 2014 England World Cup song along with Pixie Lott, Emma Bunton, etc. How was that? That was pretty cool! I remember it was really weird – it was like being back at school because we almost had a queue outside the studio. When I went in literally like half the Spice Girls were in the studio at the time doing their bit and I’m not gonna lie, Mel C really gets into it when she records, like really goes for it. It was almost like I was in the middle of Frozen it was really theatrical. It was very cool though, a very cool thing to be a part of. I used to love playing football till about year 8 when everyone got taller than me and I was this short kid. Everyone was like “Oh Conor, you can be the referee”, so that wasn’t great, but yeah, doing the World Cup thing was great.
I used to love playing football till about year 8 when everyone got taller than me and I was this short kid. Everyone was like “Oh Conor, you can be the referee”
So you didn’t feel under pressure to follow in Mel C’s footsteps then? Nooo, I think I would have rather kept my dignity! But it was very, very funny. Kimberly from Girls Aloud was in the room as well and we were both just looking at each other trying not to laugh.
Your latest single was co-written with Craig David. In our first interview back in 2012 you told us you were listening to a lot of his music. How was it working with him? Yeah it was amazing because he’s genuinely someone I grew up listening to. I remember back when I was 10 or 11 and me and my family went in to Brighton town centre and got what was basically the first CD Walkman I’d ever seen. My dad had called it our ‘family’ CD player but it was definitely his and was telling us that so we’d shut up. One of the albums my dad had bought though was Craig David’s second album. I remember just sitting there listening to it and thinking that I absolutely loved it and was really, really cool.
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