Australian artist Conrad Sewell made quite a splash in 2015 with his feature on Kygo’s debut single “Firestone,” along with his own introductory EP, All I Know, on 300 Entertainment. He went on to win an ARIA for song of the year with his chart-topping record “Start Again.”
Sewell’s pop-soul appeal has led to opening slots for major touring acts including Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Kygo and most recently, Jess Glynne. Tonight (Jan. 20), he makes his New York debut at Webster Hall opening for Glynne and is performing at Barclays Center tomorrow night alongside his “Firestone” co-star.
What has your experience been like touring with Kygo and Jess Glynne?
Kygo and I have become really good friends; we did so much together last year. That’s become an amazing friendship and we work on music whenever we want. The shows with Kygo are very different because it’s more of a dance environment and then I come along with my pop-soul music. It’s coming across really well though and people are appreciating it which is nice. Jess is unbelievable and has such a great voice. I personally really like her music and stay after every show to just watch the show and see her perform.
Do you ever get nervous for these performances?
I still get nervous. Sometimes I’ll have a big night before and worry if my voice will hold out. My set is quite vocally demanding. I just want to deliver the best performance every time I get up on stage.
You’re making your New York debut tonight and tomorrow. What do these performances mean to you?
New York is one of my favorite cities in the world. All the venues are so iconic and I generally love being here so to be able to play music here just feels right. I’ve always dreamed about playing in New York so I’m really excited about it.
Describe the creative process behind your debut EP?
I had a bunch of songs written and I still do because I’ve been writing for years. With the EP, including “Firestone” – that’s going to be on my album – it’s six songs I really loved and represented me. It had the soul element and the pop stuff I like. I recorded everything live. At the end of the day, I just wanted to put something out. Right now, I’m really focused on my album. I think I should have it finished by March and hopefully by June we’ll have something out.
What’s next for you?
We’re about to put out my next single, “Remind Me” from the EP, and I really believe in the song. I’m hoping that can open some doors and get some major play on radio and then I can start to sell tickets to my own shows.