Jack Conman has just released an awesome video for his new single, ‘Misty Central’, which is out now through Warren Records.
A vocalist and acoustic guitarist, Conman creates both melodies and rhythm, using his percussive guitar style to create a full sound.
The 18-year-old has been drumming up attention by gigging around Yorkshire and beyond, having played a sold out date in Hull and a support slot for percussive guitarist Jon Gomm in Norwich. He’s playing a handful of gigs throughout November.
Talking about the inspiration for ‘Misty Central’ Conman said: “The song is about getting into a relationship where it just sort of happens and progresses into a grey area where there hasn’t been a discussion of what the relationship actually is and who you are to each other. I think a fair few people have been in this situation. It’s like you’re just waiting for each other to confirm what the hell is going on. It’s a place I call Misty Central.”
Conman also talked about how working with Warren Records and PRS Foundation has helped his career, saying: “Thanks to the support from PRS Foundation and Warren Records I have finally managed to establish myself as an artist with this debut single. Having them on board meant we could produce this single, video and artwork and have great support with the direction of my music.”
Conman is quickly getting a name for himself, having appeared on BBC Radio Humberside in early September. He appeared on the station’s BBC Introducing session at the end of October.
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Quote from the Artist’s Website-
“In terms of guitar, the percussive route I took stemmed from being a drummer prior to being a guitarist. I’d seen artists like Jon Gomm playing percussively, with beautiful melodic and harmonic qualities complementing the complex slaps, thumps and taps he manages to squeeze in whilst creating melodies and chords on the guitar.
The thought of percussive artists who stretch themselves to their maximum potential on the guitar, whilst creating a moving, emotional, lyrically and melodically moving song, really appealed to me. It seemed like the full package; if you’re an audience member, there are a fair few things that you can turn your attention to, from the technique of the playing, the melodies from both the guitar and the vocals, the lyrics and the emotion behind the song, and of course the foot tapping rhythm. The thing I think is the most important, however, is that the songs that you play, whether you’ve written them or if you’re covering, strike some form of emotional chord with the musician and the audience.
You can impress an audience with some unusual form of complex percussive playing or fast hammering guitar licks, but the core of the song, in my opinion, needs to have a solid foundation. It needs a foundation of meaning and needs to create an atmosphere and a vibe that makes people want to listen to it again. It needs to create an atmosphere which forms a connection to their life in some way and makes you as a musician feel a sense of release which makes you want to play it again.
Artists like Matt Corby and Keaton Henson, for example, both have equally captivating styles of playing and singing because they both completely involve their emotions and their minds into their songs, which I hugely admire from a listener’s perspective. Even artists which generally portray happy, chilled vibes in their music like Bob Marley have a clear agenda of how they want the audience to feel. After all, the main reason we listen to music in the first place is to emphasise or address a certain feeling or vibe that we want to experience. I just hope that my music might do that for you.”
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