Featured Journalist: Connor Small
This weeks featured journalist from the CVBU team is sophomore Connor Small! We sat down with Connor to get his insight on some very important questions. Read his biography and the full interview below! Make sure you read all of Connor's articles he’s written so far by clicking here.
Major: English – Creative Writing Year: 2015 Hometown: Abington, PA
Connor grew up in the handsome town of Abington, Pennsylvania. The son of two lawyers, both of who sang in their church choir, Connor found an affinity for music at an young age when his parents enrolled him as a member of the church’s cherub choir. He eventually graduated to the recorder in elementary school, as well as the piano. He picked up the guitar at age 11 and the drums at 13, never looking back. Connor began singing in various a cappella groups and performing in musical theatre in high school and now is a member of Bucknell’s very own Bison Chips! Described by multiple sources as having “musical ADD,” his wide range of influences include Passion Pit, Local Natives, John Mayer and Tupac’s hologram, just to name a few. Small only in name, Connor tries to do it big when it comes to music and is thrilled to be writing for Campus Vinyl BucknellU.
If you could be one musician for a year (past or present) who would you be and why?
I think it would be pretty killer to be John Mayer for a day. I know he’s gotten a lot of flack the last few years, but he’s really mellowed out lately and seems to have a pretty good outlook on life now. It’d be fun to spend a day inside his head too. He’s a phenomenal songwriter and guitarist, plus he’s had the opportunity to create music with the best musicians in the world like Herbie Hancock, B.B. King and Frank Ocean. Oh yeah, and he’s dating Katy Perry…so that’s a pretty good reason too.
If you were out on a romantic dinner and could only have one song playing the whole time, what would it be?
Definitely that new track Justin Timberlake dropped, “Suit & Tie” – it’s a pretty sexy song. Or “Call Me Maybe”, it’s a toss up.
What music genre, artist, and/or group do you listen to when you need a good stress relief? That’s a tough call because I have such an eclectic taste in music, but I usually like to listen to indie-folk kinda stuff like Local Natives, Boy & Bear and Delta Spirit. I’ll also listen to some more upbeat electro stuff like Passion Pit and Walk the Moon. Phoenix’s album Alphabetical is also really chill, “Run, Run, Run” is one of my favorite songs. Pretty much anything with some really atmospheric guitar or synth gets me relaxed though.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Another tough one but I’d say the best concert I’ve ever been to was when I saw Brett Dennen in Philadelphia with three of my best friends. Bobby Long, who I’d never heard of, opened for him and killed it and then Brett came on and just grooved out the whole time. He’s a great entertainer and my friends and I were all front row so it was a really personal experience. He actually talked to us while he was on stage and he gave my friend Rob a fist-bump.
What was the first CD you ever bought?
It's pretty embarrassing but the first CD I ever bought was when I was maybe 8 or 9 – it was Millenium by the Backstreet Boys. Boy bands are kind of my guilty pleasure, and having sung men’s a cappella for the last nine years hasn’t helped that go away. There are some many killer tracks on that album though, “I Want It That Way,” “It’s Gotta Be You” and “Larger Than Life” were staples of my adolescence.