Conor Molloy Photo (photo credit: Barnaby Fairley)
PRESS RELEASE: Local singer/songwriter, Conor Molloy, releases self-produced single, ‘Paradise,’ during lockdown
Local singer-songwriter, Conor Molloy, has used the COVID-19 lockdown to refocus his priorities as an independent musician and build up his own audio production skills in order to self-produce his music. Normally, he would be live gigging, booking studio time, and collaborating with other instrumentalists, producers, and mixing engineers. But with COVID restrictions in place, these opportunities for independent artists have evaporated. Molloy decided to pivot – gradually kitting out a small, modular home studio space, and absorbing many hours of mixing training courses and one-to-one mix tutoring with noted home studio engineer Mike Senior (Sound on Sound Magazine). The first fruits of this effort have just been released to the public on February 14th, 2021, in the form of an entirely self-produced single, ‘Paradise.’ The folk-pop song, completely recorded at home during lockdown, tells the story of someone missing a lost love, but holding out some distant hope that love will return because even the memory of it is paradise.
Conor says, “I’ve put a lot of time and effort into developing my skills during lockdown as a producer and mix engineer. I’m really excited to put my first self-produced track out into the world. Hopefully ‘Paradise’ will bring people a little hope and joy during these isolating times.”
Written by: Conor Molloy
Performed by: Conor Molloy
Produced by: Conor Molloy
Mastered by: Mandy Parnell (Black Saloon Studios)
Vocals: Conor Molloy, Kira Allmann
Artwork: Kira Allmann
Conor Molloy is a musician from near Manchester, UK. His music tells stories — instrumental and lyrical — and he’s known for weaving dark themes into chirpy tunes. With a background in French literature, Conor enjoys exploring the interplay of form and meaning by exploiting the tensions between words and melodies. Since a young age, Conor has written and performed his own original songs in front of audiences both very small (in his family’s living room) and large (the Royal Albert Hall). He has collaborated with teams of writers, podcasters, and researchers across the UK to produce new music for live theatre, audio and video production, and he is currently working on a self-produced debut album of his own songs. Conor takes inspiration from the likes of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Paul Heaton, Kirsty Maccoll, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Pete Doherty, Alex Turner & Jacques Brel.