Dutch DJ and producer trio Kris Kross Amsterdam (KKA) and British singer-songwriter Conor Maynard team up again. They are joined by fellow Dutchie The Boy Next Door (TBND) on their new single ‘Whenever’ to compete this dream team. With a sample of Shakira’s smash hit ‘Whenever, Wherever’ and KKA’s and TBND’s catchy and signature hooks, this single is bound to be a huge summer hit.
Enjoy here our exclusive interview with Conor:
Hi Conor! So happy to finally speak with you. How are you?
I’m good thanks! :)
“Whenever” is another favorite of mine. How did that song come about?
Haha thank you, basically me and Kris Kross guys have stayed friends since our first collaboration with “Are You Sure?” and they always send me new stuff they’re working on.. when they sent me “Whenever” I went crazy and said they have to let me sing it. So they sent me the instrumental and I recorded my demo that same day. I sent it back and they loved it, the rest was history!
How about the songs of the moment–what sounds are inspiring you today?
There are a few things I’m moving right now. I love the Latino vibe that’s currently dominating the charts. I’ve been hooked on XXXTentacion’s album recently, after his tragic passing I checked it out and was honestly blown away.
For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you?
Since I started by posting covers I’m quite a good example of this being the case haha. It’s amazing having people enjoy the covers and remixes put out but I’m very focused on getting my original music put out ASAP as that feels more personal.
How has it been working with KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM & THE BOY NEXT DOOR ?
They are the best. Extremely talented and mad cool. I enjoy working with good people and they are great people.
What were some of your main artistic challenges when starting out as a singer?
Learning the craft of songwriting is very difficult. But everything improves the more and more you practise. Being confident when performing live was also something that I needed to learn.
What was the latest music video you did? Can you share an anecdote?
The last music video I did I actually directed myself. One of my best friends brothers came along to help out with lifting stuff etc and ended up bagging one of the lead roles as I loves his look haha
And as for now, what are your new and upcoming projects and releases?
The next song I’m releasing is called “You Make Me” look out for it! I think people will enjoy it.