Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Conor Gains is known for his critically acclaimed, genre-spanning work. With the recent release of his new single, “Lightning”, we had a quick chat with Conor to discuss the new song, what made him want to become a musician, and the Canadian artists he’s listening to most these days.
From The Strait: Tell us about the new single, “Lightning”.
Conor Gains: Lightning fast, good time rock n’ roll. Check it out!
FTS: What first influenced you to become a musician?
Conor Gains: I remember playing my first show and making a hundred bucks and thinking “hey this is way better than doing some job I hate”. Back then it was all Led Zeppelin that did it for me. That music shook me and started a fire inside me.
FTS: If you could play a show where the audience was filled solely with other bands & musicians, who would you want in attendance?
Conor Gains: Well, that is a tough question because you’d think you would want to have your idols there. But then again playing music that you have borrowed and slightly molded into your own and then taking it back for the original artists would be similar to buying Nike shoes and then making you own shoe that is similar and inspired by Nike and then showing Nike hey this shoe is my homage to you, They would likely just sue you and be on with it.
That being said, I would love to play for Willie Nelson.
FTS: What are some Canadian bands you’ve been listening to lately?
Conor Gains: I have been listening alot to Neil Young, John Craigie, Daniel Romano, Boy Golden, Joey Landreth, Big Wreck, Pick Brothers Band, Jesse Gold and lots more.
FTS: What’s next for you?
Conor Gains: I am going to continue making songs. Hit the road for a while, Rinse and repeat.
Check out Conor Gains’ latest single, “Lightning”!