Journalist of the Week: Connor Small
Even on the surface, it should be no surprise that Connor Small is our journalist of the week. However, the effort he puts in each article is only outmatched by his effort behind the scenes. We caught up with Connor to highlight some of the projects he has been working on for the semester, and to ask him some extremely important (debatable) questions.
Z: So, you’re obviously journalist of the week for a reason, but can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve been working on internally that our CV readers might not know about?
CS: Well, I'm the VP of Public Relations, and so a lot of my time spent on Campus Vinyl BucknellU is used brainstorming different ways to promote Campus Vinyl BucknellU to the Bucknell community and extend the reach of our mission, which is to give students a specific outlet online where they can discover all of the talented musicians we have, not only in the artists we bring to campus, but from within the student body itself. As part of this, Jake Perlmutter and I have been working on having Campus Vinyl BucknellU cosponsor some great new musical events, including restructuring how Fall Fest will operate next year. While this is our main project, we've been thinking of some other ways we can put the music out including a Battle of the Bands, which is coming up in the next few weeks, and a compilation CD featuring many of the awesome work that Bucknell student musicians are generating. It's been a really interesting process and I'm excited to see these ideas come together.
Z: If you could play with any musician/band other than your own, who/which would it be?
CS: See, that's such a tough question for me because of how many different musicians I'm inspired by. If I had to pick one though, it would probably be Jimi Hendrix because he just had so much to offer not only as a guitarist and songwriter, but as an innovator. I mean, he lived in an era that saw so many musical innovators, but he unequivocally changed the way that almost every single guitarist that followed approached the instrument, and that fact that they are still releasing new material fifty years after his death is amazing. Its corny, but the guitar really was an extension of his body, and I feel that being able to play with him for even an hour would be life-changing.
Z: What’s your favorite part about the music scene at Bucknell?
CS: How motivated and genuinely enthusiastic the group of musicians we have are! There are some seriously talented musicians here, but talent only gets you so far, and I'm constantly impressed by how much every musician I come across here loves what they do; it makes it really easy to keep coming back to the music scene and feel comfortable.
Z: Following up with that, if you could change/improve one thing about Bucknell’s music scene, what would it be?
CM: The diversity. Not with what people are listening to, but with the major artists we bring in. Think about it, we go to school in the middle of nowhere, but we can still pull in big name after big name, but if you look at the list over the years, we've only really ever had pop, mainstream rap or rock artists, and none of these shows ever really excite me when I hear about them. If it were up to me, I'd spend less money on a blowout concert with artists like Wiz Khalifa and Avicii, and focus on having a larger number of smaller concerts with a wider array of genres. One of the reasons House Party Weekend was great, and why I'm sad to see it gone, is because there were so many interesting acts to see and it was all FREE. I was able to see (and hang out with) Shwayze at TKE where I live, then walk down to the quad and watch 3lau at DU, not to mention see the Truck Bed Band and play with my own band earlier in the day. I think that music was a huge part of that weekend, and although its gone, maybe Bucknell could steal a page from our playbook and focus on approaching concerts in this manner, and maybe even utilize the Greek system to help out with this.
Z: If your life had a soundtrack and you could only pick two musicians/bands to play every track, who would they be and why?
CS: Easy. Passion Pit because their lyrics are very good at capturing the whole array of emotion, but their music always sounds so damn happy, and Led Zeppelin because of how intricate their arrangements were and the range of genres they covered, while still sounding completely unique.
So there you have it. Our VP of Public Relations has been hard at work, be on the look out for some big things coming up!