Conor Maynard: I Just Wanted To Lick Ne-Yo’s Face

Conor Maynard performs some music while in Portland and talks about his initial meeting with Ne-Yo, Michael Jackson being his dead or alive choice to collaborate with, and how he made a poor shoe choice to perform in

Conor Maynard did an acoustic set for Live 95.5 in Portland, where the British pop artist talked about his first meeting with Ne-Yo, who he’d write a song with dead or alive, a song he’d like to cover that’s playing now, and a poor on-stage fashion choice.

Talking about meeting Ne-Yo for the first time, Conor said, “It was so embarrassing. I was such a loser. It was actually one of the first times I ever got to meet someone who was not only incredibly famous but at the same time a massive influence to me, like someone I listen to growing up and I got to meet him. I had to control myself so hard I just wanted to lick his face. I had to be normal because he was considering signing me and taking me on as an artist, so I had to kind of be like an artist and be normal. It was kind of weird though because the first time I met him, it was so out of the blue. Conor Maynard in Portland says it was difficult to not lick Ne-Yo's faceI got a call from his manager one day and he said, ‘Oh, Ne-Yo is in London and he wants to meet you.’ I said okay so I quickly got a taxi and luckily I was in London that day, because I didn’t live in London at that point, so I got a taxi and went to the Mayfair Hotel, this big fancy hotel in London, and I got there and I got a number to call and called the number, and the first thing the guy said was, ‘What are you wearing?’ I was like what is this? Then I realized they need to find me because the lobby was packed. He came downstairs and we went in the elevator and went upstairs. It was literally the lift opened and he literally was just there and I wasn’t ready for it. I was still adjusting myself getting myself ready and hyping myself up. I realized he was right there, so I hadn’t planned anything. I didn’t have my time to prepare myself, so the first time I met him was pretty embarrassing, but it went well in the end. We literally sat there watching YouTube videos in the end.”

On his dream songwriting collaboration, Conor said, “I think one of my biggest influences growing up was Michael Jackson, so if I ever got a chance to work with him, even if he just moonwalked on my face, that would be great. Just anything. He wouldn’t even have to like me. Working with him would be insane. Performing with him would even be more incredible.”

Explaining how shoe selection was his worst fashion decision on stage, Conor said, “I’ve worn shoes that are too slippery and ended up falling on stage. I thought I want to be able to move around and glide on the stage and look like a floating butterfly across the stage and stuff, and I realized that’s not always the best thing to do. I literally on my last day of my tour, I fell over singing the last song of the set. I stayed up the entire set, then the final minute of the hour I was on stage, I completely stacked it and fell over. That was so embarrassing.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Conor Maynard Talks ‘Vegas Girl’ And Beatboxes

Conor Maynard hands

Conor Maynard sat down for an interview with Andrea Russett of Hot 107.9 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The American pop singer did a series of “would you rather” before talking about filming ‘Vegas Girl’ in New York instead of Las Vegas, what inspired him to post videos on YouTube, and his favorite doughnut variety.

Discussing the ‘Vegas Girl’ video, the 20-year-old said, “Basically we had a bit of a problem. We’ve got this song called ‘Vegas Girl’ and we were really excited about it. Yeah we’ll shot the video in Vegas it will be great! I’ll be poppin’ bottles in the club! It’ll be amazing. Then I realized I’m actually legally too young to go out in Vegas, so the video would have consisted of me outside with the bouncers saying, ‘Yeah, can’t get in. Mom pick me up please’. We thought the idea behind it would be you can be anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be in Vegas. You can be from anywhere and still party like you’re in Vegas.”

On his decision to post his singing efforts on YouTube, Conor said, “I think for me it was actually this one moment I was walking home from school and this girl kind of overheard me singing a song with a friend. She came up to me and was like, ‘Do that again’. So I sang again and she did the whole crazy girl reaction thing. That kind of was the moment I thought maybe I should go away and take singing a little more seriously. I enjoyed singing but I didn’t really do anything with it. That was my urge to go away and do something properly with it, so after that I went home and started learning how to record.”

Watch the interview, featuring Conor showing off his beatboxing skills, via YouTube below.

Behind The Scenes With Conor Maynard In Birmingham

Conor Maynard in Birmingham

Conor Maynard is currently touring across the UK, and in a brand new behind-the-scenes video, the 19-year-old is seen behind the scenes on the tour stop in Birmingham, England. Conor learns that his single ‘Can’t Say No’ has debuted at #2 in the charts in the video. The clip also features footage from the show and a snippet of a new song.

Conor Maynard ‘Drowning’ Video

Conor Maynard has just unveiled a “bedroom” video mixed with live footage for his soulful new track ‘Drowning’. The song will appear on the 19 year old pop newcomer’s debut album due later this year. Conor’s current single, ‘Can’t Say No’, is storming the UK Pop Charts, entering at #2 with huge first week sales. The ‘Can’t Say No’ single and EP (featuring remixes and a cover of Drake’s ‘Crew Love’) is available now on iTunes.

Watch the video via YouTube below.

Conor Maynard ‘Can’t Say No’ Acoustic Performance

Conor Maynard and Pharrell Williams

Conor Maynard stopped by That Grape Juice to perform an acoustic version of his debut single ‘Can’t Say No’. The official video for the 19-year-old singer’s pop R&B banger has already reached well past four million views on YouTube and earned Conor a ticket to Miami to record his album with Ne-Yo and Pharrell Williams.

Conor’s ‘Can’t Say No’ EP, which will feature the single, remixes, an acoustic version, and a cover of Drake’s ‘Crew Love’, will be available on iTunes May 1st.

Conor Maynard ‘Can’t Say No’ Video

Conor Maynard 'Can't Say No'

Brighton, England pop singer Conor Maynard is out with the music video to his debut single ‘Can’t Say No’. Conor beat out Lana Del Rey and King Charles to be MTV UK & Ireland’s MTV Brand New: For 2012 competition earlier this year, the network’s annual national search for the very best in new music. Watch the video via YouTube below.