Interview: "Party Down" by Connor Kirk
Q: ‘Party Down’ is an extremely catchy song! Can you tell us what it’s about?
Connor: I wrote Party Down as a depiction of communication breakdown. Some may see it as somewhat nihilistic perhaps, but I tend to view it as more of an exploration into the broken means by which ideas are articulated in popular discourse.
Q: How would you describe your unique style of music?
Connor: The way I've been thinking of my style at present is "art-funk." It anchors itself on heavy bass and deep grooves but is simultaneously very skeptical/inquisitive about why one may want to dance to it.
Q: If you had to pick a favorite song of your own, which song would it be and why?
Connor: The one that I write tomorrow—As soon as I finish writing a song my interest immediately shifts.
Q: What first got you into writing music?
Connor: Around the age of 13, I began to feel an incessant urge to organize the thoughts in my head into a coherent form. I began playing the guitar and writing as a means of inquiry into the things that interested me—the things that tapped at the windows of my skull. Plus it made me feel a bit more like Jack Kerouac in the process.
Q: What is your songwriting process like?
Connor: I try to be as disciplined as I can when it comes to songwriting. Rarely do ideas come to me unless I violently seek them out, so I sit down every day with an instrument and work at it until I come up with something. I then take the initial idea (be it a melody, a phrase, a chord progression etc) and expound upon it until it feels complete.
Q: What is one of your favorite memories from a performance?
Connor: I love performing so much that most all moments on stage feel rather euphoric. But whenever the crowd knows the words to one of my songs and sings it with me the moment becomes truly spectacular.
Written By Kaitlyn Nicole