Conor Maynard: Hanging out with Pharrell was surreal

15/10/12

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard says going to gigs with Pharrell Williams has been one of the "surreal" experiences he has had since becoming famous.

The 19-year-old singer spoke to Nick Grimshaw about standing side by side with the hip-hop star and Lil Wayne at a concert.

"I was loving it, but it was mad," he said.

Although he has recently been spending time with some of America's top hip-hop artists, Conor Maynard says his first musical influences were more pop in nature.

"Me and my friends were the Blue of Brighton and Hove," he said. "I think I was Lee Ryan actually, that was the person I would be.

"We loved Blue and we would sing all of their songs. We made a whole S Club Juniors (now known as S Club 8) as well."

Social musician

He revealed that the first song he ever bought was also an embarrassing purchase.

"I bought the Pokemon theme tune," he admitted. "I still know all the words, it's crazy.

I bought the Pokemon theme tune. I still know all the words, it's crazy. Me and my next-door neighbour used to get on our bikes and just ride around the garden listening to that song on repeat
Conor Maynard

"Me and my next-door neighbour used to get on our bikes and just ride around the garden listening to that song on repeat."

Conor Maynard, like a lot of aspiring young artists, used social media and sites like YouTube to share their videos.

His mother, Helen, says that even when he was considering his academic choices, uploading his music was uppermost in his mind.

"He said definitely he was going to take music technology," she revealed. "At that point I said to him, 'Is that because you want to work in the music industry?'

"He said, 'No, just because it will help me upload my music videos on to YouTube. I'll know more about the equipment I'm using.'

"I was like, 'For goodness sake, you need a proper career. Forget YouTube.'"

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