Congrats to WISM client Christian O'Connor, whose single "Down" is making its way "up" the WISM Top 40 chart, at No. 29 this week! The Philadelphia-based indie artist is spending his summer touring and doing what he does best ... rockin' hard for his fans and connecting with his audiences wherever he goes!
Your single, “Down,” is featured on the NFL Network, NASCAR and FOX. How does it feel to hear your music attached to these major brands?
It feels really great to know that people are listening to my music and it’s an honor that such major outlets actually selected my music to fit their programming. These outlets also feel like a great fit for rock music so I think it’s a great pairing.
I hear your live performances are INSANE. What do you love most about your shows?
My favorite thing about performances is probably feeling the energy of the crowd. It’s always fun to get on stage and see how the crowd reacts to what you do. Playing live is probably one of the most enjoyable things to me. It’s really fun to create music, but one of the best thrills is seeing what your music becomes, and how it affects other people.
When did you first pick up a guitar and was it love at first strum?
It definitely was love at first strum. I think I first picked up a guitar when I was about 5. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until high school that I got very into guitar.
If you could guest star in any band (past or present), which one would it be and why? What song would you insist playing the guitar solo?
For me, the answer is a definitive Led Zeppelin, and if I couldn’t get Led Zeppelin, sharing the stage with Jimmy Page would be equally amazing. If it were possible to overdose on Led Zeppelin, I would be dead. I listened to every Led Zeppelin album song by song since early high school, and after that I even got into all of Jimmy Page’s other projects. If I had to pick a song to solo over, I would pick “The Rover” from “Physical Graffiti.” Jimmy’s guitar playing is unreal, and playing with him on stage would mean that I could die happy.
You’re a touring machine! How do you stay connected with fans while you’re on the road?
On the road is probably how you can be most directly connected to your fans because you’re right in front of them. Face-to-face time is always the best, and being on the road is responsible for most of the memories that I cherish the most. Having a career in music is very rewarding because you get to live two equally exciting lives, one in the studio and one on the road. They each have their own separate merits, and it’s amazing to get to engage in both. The best way to stay connected to fans is the way to stay connected with anyone, keeping reaching out to them, whether it’s through releasing content or playing a show where they live.