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Meet Connor Casper

Today we’d like to introduce you to Connor Casper.

Connor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up in NC, in the college town community of Durham/Chapel Hill, I was exposed to many different groups of people economically and otherwise. I made friends from all backgrounds, and living in the south I was no stranger to racism and ignorance. The explicit, unfettered storytelling I found in hip hop seemed to transcend the way other genres addressed hard issues- usually with allusion and vailed metaphors. I became enamored with a genre that blatantly spoke truth to power and to the reality of America, which had always been apparent in Southern life. I started to write poetry to my favorite songs around the age of 10 and soon, it became the main way that I expressed my perspective and vented about life.

Fast forward to the end of high school and I was performing and releasing music consistently, starting to realize if I didn’t seriously pursue it, I would have trouble being happy down the line. I ended up in a Music Production and Recording Arts program thanks to my mother’s tuition benefit, which she earned working as a nurse at Duke for 25+ years. I continued to obsessively make music, developing as an artist and sound engineer while working with talented young musicians. When I graduated, I decided to move to Los Angeles, where I had served as an intern for a few months at a recording studio in Burbank. I knew being close to the industry could give me a leg up on competition, and with the almost impossible goal of becoming a full-time artist, I needed all the luck I could get. Now I work as a freelance recording and mixing engineer while I continue to build my audience and create.

Has it been a smooth road?
Getting established financially in Los Angeles is no easy task. Working two bullshit jobs for a year just to save up and drive across the country is a taxing process. The first year here, I lived with my videographer friend Gabe Salvador in a 600 ft apartment in East Hollywood. We are no stranger to car break-ins, holding down multiple jobs to pay rent and outright violence around us. I have had friends taken from me, hard drives full of music crash, and issues with debt. Luckily the profession I’m pursuing is the main way that I process and deal with issues I face. I try to look at struggle as a catalyst for great music and life-building experiences.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am known for my ability to create a song from scratch. I specialize in Hip Hop, everything from producing beats to writing, recording, and mixing the vocals. Traditionally an artist would have to hire a producer, recording engineer, mix engineer, and someone to do masters. I cut out some of the middlemen in the equation, which fosters a much more fluid creative environment for artists. Being able to lay down musical ideas on the fly and hop right into the recording booth keeps my clients closer to their initial moment of inspiration, which makes for a better song. A lot of engineers are not hip to the culture the artist is operating in and focus on nothing but the mix and quality of recording vocals. I am able to evaluate clients’ music in a cultural context, which makes my creative feedback more useful to them and their sound.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the creative pockets of talented, open-minded people across the city. You never know who you are going to meet, what bag they have their hand in, and how you might be able to work together to make something great. People come here from all over the world to chase their dreams, which gives the city a much higher concentration of artists and talented people. Having the beach, mountains, and great weather in a space with such creative individuals makes for an inspiring place. That said, there is no shortage of the pretentious and entitled. Old money is something I will always have trouble relating to, the trick is finding people who judge by your character and talent, and not your means. It can be frustrating to feel shut out of elite circles, but if you work hard you can crack your way in.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 9196198093
  • Email: c.a.s.418@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @_connor_casper
  • Twitter: CallMe_Casp
  • Other: smarturl.com/connorcasper


Image Credit:

Gabriel Salvador, Shay Stifelman, Off Kilter Manner

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