I recently interviewed Melbourne based musician Geoffrey O’Conner for online magazine T-SQUAT.COM.
“Geoffrey O’ Connor is a guiding star in the musical Milky Way, a navigational bastion of hope in the once sparkling universal vista that’s becoming ever more obscured by the polluted haze of accepted mediocrity. A rare individual; intelligent, sensitive and poetic – with an innate gift for creating beautiful music. His consummately realised artistic vision, his stylised aural aesthetic and his natural sense of composition, melody and rhythm, has resulted in his steady advancement to the vanguard of contemporary Australian music.
Within his persona exists a dichotomy of dramatic contrast. In song: a liberated, confident artist, exposing his intimate desires, insecurities and melancholia to the world. In person: polite, softly spoken, humble and gentle to the point where it’s almost difficult to believe he’s such a dynamic performer.
After creatively fruitful years with his band Crayon Fields (including playing at SXSW), he released his first solo album Vanity Is Forever last year. Described as libidinous, melodramatic and shameless – it is an exposé into the inner workings of a highly evolved artist, who is operating on an observational frequency unique unto himself. Whilst effortlessly drifting between seductive ballads, hypnotic-orchestral-euphoria and sway inducing 80′s inspired grooves, O’Connor eloquently guides us through universal issues of self-image, relationships and desperation, with conviction and lyrical recklessness.
Like a passionate bricklayer fastidiously layering each brick in a shrine to elemental humanity, O’Connor gifts his listeners with electronic epiphanies elegantly ensconced within emotional eulogies. His ability to present raw feelings within this ethereal world allows his viewers a distinctly theatrical, almost transcendental experience.
T-SQUAT was lucky enough to sit down with Geoffrey O’Connor for a relaxed hour of candid discussion about his work, contemporary culture, David Bowie drug references in the Labyrinth, his unapologetic use of synthesised panpipes and what a badass Enya is for living in a castle.”
To read the interview, click HERE.