We had the good fortune of connecting with Connor Casper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Connor, why did you pursue a creative career?
Music has always been a pure source of inspiration and joy for me. Growing up I felt like I could easily be successful in a different lane if I wanted, but I knew deep down I wouldn’t be as happy or passionate about what I was doing. I never had the focus for school, but something about the magic of creating music allowed me to have my head down looping a beat for hours at a time. I think at the end of the day it was just a decision to pursue happiness more than anything else.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think I am unique as an artist because almost all of the music I make is fully self produced. Being technically experienced allows me a combination of lyricism and music that is rare in the industry. It is challenging not having other producers to rely on, but I know it makes me a better musician in the long run. I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t wait around for someone to help me, I learned how to make music myself, even if it was mid for years. When I do collaborate with other people, we’re able to communicate well because of my background in each facet of production. I feel like I’ve gotten to this point creatively by investing in myself and constantly trying to make music from an authentic place. The thing I’ve learned over the years is not to overthink your art, but to create it as it comes. I can love J Dilla and Big L and still sing like my girl just left me if thats what the record needs and draws out of me.
Music has been so important in my life and I feel grateful that I can be so close to it every day, I’m thankful for anyone that hears me out. The dream is to be able to see the world behind these sounds I’m whipping up, and really connect with the people listening.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles has so many great neighborhoods, it’s impossible to experience in just a few days. That said, if I had a friend in the city one of the first things I would do is take them hiking in Griffith Park. There are some great views and restaurants in the Loz Feliz/Silverlake area to explore. It’s a good way to introduce a friend to Hollywood without being too touristy. I would also make sure we did the bike trail up the coast from Venice to Santa Monica, and have dinner at Blue Plate Taco. Bungalow is a good place to get the California bar vibe, and The Third Street Promenade is close by if anyone wanted to shop. As somebody who loved the pre pandemic entertainment in the city, in an ideal world I would take my friends to see standup at the Comedy Store on Sunset. The talent they have in the lineup on a nightly basis is unheard of. It would also be fun to see the Grove, it has a cool farmers market area with specialties like a hot sauce shop. I would hit The Getty for some cultural inspiration, depending which homie is visiting… Going to Koreatown for Korean BBQ and Ramen is a must, but there is too much good food in LA to go wrong.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a shoutout to my roommate and great friend, Gabe Salvador. He is a talented cinematographer who has help me put a vision to my art for a couple of years now. As an independent artist its crucial to have reliable and capable people in your corner. Without a huge budget you have to lean on the dedication and talent of the people around you to bring a project to fruition. I am blessed to have a friend that I can constantly bounce ideas off of, and someone I can have fun putting endless hours of work in with.