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Meet Connor Dunne of Blix in West Hollywood

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

Connor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I attended FSU and I wanted to major in Meteorology. I spent two years there but found myself spending more time learning about music than working on my classwork. I would be up late at night learning how to produce music on the computer and teaching myself the keyboard. When my parents realized that music was my real passion, they switched me to a program in Orlando, but that program was a more academic one with courses like Music History and the Business of Music. There were a few classes where I could learn to produce in a studio, but it was hard to get studio time and it wasn’t what I was looking for. I had been DJing for a few years at several clubs around Orlando, and for two years on the Inception at Sea EDM cruise, and I was ready to be in LA, the center of the music universe.

After speaking with a friend, he said if you want the best training in the world there is only one place to go to school and that is ICON collective in LA. After looking up the school and all of the various feedback on the Internet, I realized it wouldn’t be that easy. ICON only accepts certain artists and it is a difficult application process. With my parents’ support, I applied. Before I applied, they told me they may not have room for the next year. Within a few days, I got a call that a spot had opened up! Within a few weeks, I was on a plane to LA and I have never looked back. ICON was an amazing experience. So many great artists have come through those doors and the teachers and mentors are the best in the industry. Once I graduated, I knew I had all the tools I needed to be a success, but I would have to find it in myself to keep creating, keep networking, keep marketing, and keep collaborating and never slow down.

In the last year, I have released my first EPs -Nameless and Yellow Hearts, and several singles, both original and remixes. I have mostly settled in the Hip Hop/Pop EDM genre. It is where I feel most inspired and I have so many great connections when I want to reach out to find collaboration. Recently, I started a Youtube channel with Hatty Maines called Blix and Hatty. So many people ask how I make my music, we thought it would be a lot of fun to show people how a song was made. We call three people and ask them for a number from 1-5 and we apply those numbers to a list of 5 things in the areas of Title and Subject matter, BPM/tempo, and Key. Check it out, it’s awesome and informative. I have a lot of new music in the works, and we have a new Youtube video up every Thursday.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I can’t say it has been a smooth road. ICON was really a challenge and I learned about myself, but it is the reason I am comfortable with the music I am making now. It gave me a ridiculous amount of confidence, focus, and drive and helped to believe in myself. I also work a full-time job a bartender to support my life and make it in the industry out here. Between work and music, I don’t have a lot of free social time.

What else should we know?
My music specializes in Hip Hop and Pop EDM right now. I am most proud of graduating from ICON and producing quality music. My growth over the last two years has been exponential and people seek me out now to collaborate.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I make my own luck, but I don’t believe much in luck. I believe in working hard and you get what you deserve.

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Photo by Jacob Shepherd

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