BSCkids recently got the chance to chat with singer and songwriter Conrad Sewell! Recently featured on Kygo’s global smash dance (and crossover) hit “Firestone,” which has over 100 million streams on Spotify, Sewell has been burning up the charts in his native Australia as a solo star.
Earning 3 ARIA nominations (Breakthrough Artist, Best Pop Release for “Start Again,” and Song of the Year for “Start Again”), Sewell has already topped the ARIA charts with his platinum-selling hit single “Start Again.” Listen to the incredible ballad “Start Again” HERE. His single, “Hold Me Up” is really captivating fans. The US radio release is being called an “upbeat, anthemic, just-about-impossible-to-not-get-swept-away-in pop track,” by Entertainment Weekly. Sewell was recently featured as KIIS FM’s Next Up Artist of the Week as well as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month on TODAY. Through out the year, he toured with Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 and will be touring the UK this fall with Jess Glynne. He can be seen stateside performing at iHearRadio’s upcoming Jingle Balls in Oakland, L.A., Philadelphia, New York, Miami and Tampa.
Sewell spoke with us about his recent breakthrough hits and what its like being on the stage. You can read our interview with the singer/songwriter below:
BSCkids: Conrad Sewell
Tell us about your new single, “Hold Me Up.” What is about and why do you think fans love it so much?
I think “Hold Me Up” is just a fun, uplifting song. If it came on the radio I would turn it up because you can sing to it, you can dance to it. I think, a simple pop song can come along and people can attach themselves to it.
“Firestone” has over 100 million streams on Spotify, how does it feel to have such a popular single blowing people away?
It feels incredible. I feel very blessed and I just can’t wait for people to hear more music.
Tell us about your EP coming out in December. Is there a theme to the songs on it?
Not like one specific theme, I like to write about life, girls, things that effect me day to day. I’m just trying to, you know, leave the audience feeling like I really put my heart into it.
You also toured with Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5. What was the best part of those tour performances?
I like to really affect people and leave moments when I play […] try to blow people away vocally.
Do you still get stage fright and if so what is your routine before getting ready to go on stage to make it easier?
I still get scared, I don’t know what it is. I think it is when you care so much about what you do and every performance is a big one no matter how big or small because you care. So yeah, I clinch up and I try to make sure I am thoroughly warmed up. I have a steamer I use and say a prayer and just try to get into a great mood – just feel like I am going to kill type of thing.
If you could perform with anyone who would it be and why?
It would be Michael Jackson but obviously that can’t be anymore.
What has been your proudest moment as a singer so far and why?
Probably getting my number one in Australia, my home country and playing with Ed Sheeran. Just playing a big arena with a guy that I look up to is pretty amazing.
Have you always known you wanted to be a singer? When did you first start singing?
I started singing because […] I thought I was good at it, I think I am good at most things but I ended up being pretty good at that one. So after a few people told me you can actually sing, I started doing it all the time. I liked entertaining people. I liked having a microphone in my hand. I liked having all eyes on me. […] Sounds pretty cocky but I mean it in the most humble way possible.
What is currently on your iPod/What are you currently listening to the most?
My mix is everything from Jodi Mitchell to Music Soul Child to Maxwell. I listen to just great songs, to whatever is affecting me at the time.
Do you have any advice for singers or performers trying to make it big?
Just work on your songwriting and try to find something unique about yourself that is going to set you aside.