Arun O'Connor is a musician from Invercargill, New Zealand. Arun has been playing for 16 years as a Guitarist, Bassist and Vocalist. Currently, he is  the Lead Vocalist and Guitarist in Small Feet.

Plus Arun is the Guitarist Vocalist and Bassist for Jody Direen, Guitarist and Vocalist for Kayla Mahon, Guitarist and Vocalist in the musical duo Old School. He also plays for local and international artists when requested. Always willing to play for any artist either in a live or recording situation. Previous work includes playing with artists such as The Jefferson (from Sydney) Tom Sharplin, Craig Allott, The Bootleggers and many more.

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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?

I would say Country, Pop, Folk sounding

What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

The Eagles were a huge influence to me. Fleetwood Mac, The beatles, John Mayer, Little River Band. Brad Paisley & Keith Urban

What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

Currently working on my new single “Walk Away” but I am trying to write more and get some collaborations happening.

What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

Hmm not 100% sure at this stage as my original music career is really just starting! I want to write and record more and have enough for a full album. Tour and play to more people, travel to more places.

What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

My favorite of mine is Let Go Of My Heart, but one of my favorites of all times to perform live is Marc Cohns, “Walking In Memphis”

What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

Probably leaving my job to go full time with music. Having to make sure you have enough gigs to pay the bills and keep the money coming in so I can record more and find my own music.

What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?

Normally I come up with a chorus first based on a strong idea I’ve had and then I write the rest of the song around that.

How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

I suppose it has! At this stage my social media presence is still minor but I am trying to grow that and put up content that people will enjoy and stuff that will hopefully get people engaged.

What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

Quite a bit of midland, Eagles. Crosby, Stills & Nash. Huey Lewis & The News. Little river band. It’s quite a range of music at the moment depending on how I’m feeling on the day

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

It’s all I’ve ever done really. I was lucky enough to grow up in a musical family and have been singing my whole life but I only started playing guitar at 11 and then joined my first band at 15. I was a mechanic until I went full time with my music though.

Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

I think you have to really put 200% into everything! The music is super important but the way you market yourself and the way you push yourself on social media really helps. It’s still something I’m learning to do because advertising and promoting yourself and your music is pretty much a full time job.

What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

I don’t really know. I think we are all biased towards the music we like so I’m sure we would all want more music played of genres that we liked but music is constantly evolving so I really don’t know? Maybe do more to make sure artists are fairly compensated for their works and treated properly. You always hear the bad stories about what goes on in the business with some of the big names

How Do You Feel About Originality?

I think everyone should try and be themselves but at the same time, I know we all have our sources of inspiration and acts that we love and sometimes we can end up sounding a little like them which I don’t think is a bad thing! Do your own thing and use your influences to help you make the music you want to create and the music you like.



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