- What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
Watching my cousins make music completely from scratch is what drew me into making music. I wanted to do what they were doing, and I saw how the famous musicians at the time were portraying a lifestyle that any little kid would see and want to emulate.
- What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?
A huge challenge as an emerging artist is not having the funding and backing of a larger company. As I grow and make more connections, I am slowly overcoming those challenges. However, there are some doors that only major labels and larger businesses can open, which I, as a self-funding artist, cannot.
- Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?
I would say Kanye West & Drake, for sure! Seeing Kanye come with his quirky, over-the-top grandiose production was almost like watching a film play out through your ears. And then when Drake came with the melody and vulnerability that hip hop was missing, I knew I had to try my hand at this as well one day, and boy did I ever.
- How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies?
It’s really strange because I can go long periods of time where I couldn’t make anything work creatively, and then it’s like something is speaking through me with ideas that just flow nonstop. It’s almost like I’m just the vessel channeling the music from something divine that we can’t comprehend.
- What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work?
Listeners can expect a more polished version of myself and my music. It differs from my previous work as I have now perfected my sound, and I know what people like from me and how to apply it. It's a perfect balance.
- How have your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision?
It really hasn't. My life experience growing up definitely influenced my want to pursue music, but as far as my artistic vision, that came more from myself and artists I've looked up to.
- Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special?
Performing at Fillmore in Charlotte, it was absolutely packed out. A 5,000 person venue. It was an absolute great experience watching that many people engaged and vibing with the music I've created.
- What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art?
Individualism. I want my listeners to feel more confident in being who they are after listening to my music. I also want my thankfulness for God and his favor to be portrayed in my music and brand.
- How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes as an artist?
Honestly, I have been at it since 2018. Not much has changed. Streaming has been the focus heavily. I think the one thing I would say has changed was TikTok. Making clips and posting my music consistently and showcasing who Shawn Connor is how I've best adapted.
- What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry?
Know who you are before the success because if you don’t, the success will define that for you. Basically, don’t get too caught up in the lights and celebrity that you forget what’s really important to you. A lot of things are just material and hold little to no value, but people are willing to