We had the good fortune of connecting with Connor Daily and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Connor, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is opportunity. I started working as a mechanic right out of high school and eventually ended up with great pay and benefits, but I wasn’t happy doing it. Drumming had always been a passion of mine- basically every moment not working I spent practicing and playing shows with bands. I began producing electronic music in 2017 and always wished I had more time to spend focusing on growing as a producer. I decided (to the dismay of my family) that I was leaving the automotive field to set my sights on music. I got a job at a local pizza place in San Luis Obispo CA while I spent hours a day learning to produce, and eventually became good enough that a friend recommended me to join the team at a new music school in Mesa (AMMP – The Academy of Modern Music Production). I flew out to meet the team and soon found myself living Phoenix and teaching production at the school.
While I wouldn’t call myself successful as an artist yet, I am doing what I love and surrounded by talented, artistic people. My music project (Crosstik) has allowed me the freedom and “meditation” I got while playing drums and I’m constantly growing closer to my goal of being able to live comfortably solely off music.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I produce electronic music with a focus on drums and percussion. Instead of trying to make music that fits into a certain genre, I just produce what feels right at the time. It’s hard to classify my music into one category, but I would call it something like hip-hop influenced bouncy bass music. A typical day would be: go to work, come home and work on music for 3-5 hours, sleep, repeat. Putting the time in is work but doesn’t always feel like it. In a perfect world music would be strictly about the music, but you have to worry about branding and marketing and social media, so that can hinder the artistic side of things.
I’ve been somewhat absent from the live music scene in the area- spending the majority of time producing and making my mixes cleaner and bigger. Playing shows in the near future is the plan and I’m working on incorporating my electronic drum kit into DJ sets.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friends are die hard musicians so most of the time would be spent making music together and exploring new studio gear/techniques. Shady Park for ramen, followed by Shady Park for a show would be a must. A trip to the rim would be a definite stop.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to the whole team at AMMP Studios for giving me the chance to do what I love, to the amazing group of friends I was lucky enough to fall into after moving to Phoenix, and to my Mom, Dad, and sister for always whole heartedly supporting my ambitions as a musician.