Today, we sat down with Next Stop Olympus to talk music, inspiration and much more! Be sure to check out their music below after the interview!
Here is the interview:
What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?
Normally just whatever is going on in our lives, especially with our latest release, the lyrics were a lot more personal than anything we’ve ever done before and I think it reflected and come out in the music too.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
Matt: The main type of music I remember listening too when I was growing up was when I found Sum 41, Blink 182, Avril Lavigne and stuff like that then as I got older I just found heavier music like Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria etc.
Conor: Growing up I was mainly listening to the music my parents would play so it was Status Quo, The Jam, Def Leppard, Elvis Presley, Westlife, George Michael, Lionel Richie etc. Then I saw Linkin Park and Sum 41 on top of the pops and that was me down the rock path, in my teens I was very much listening to nothing but pop punk such as Fall Out Boy and All American Rejects before I started getting a taste for the heavier styles when I first came across Scary Kids Scaring Kids.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
Matt: Personally no, I don’t think so, I definitely looked up to a couple of people over the years but not as a hero.
Conor: Not so much in real life, however there are a few fictional characters that I have looked up to over the years mainly for the strength of character they present such Rocky Balboa and Aragorn. Having said that I always admired WWE’s The Undertaker for giving his all to performing in front of a crowd.
If you weren’t a musician, would you be doing today?
Matt: I always wanted to be a mechanic growing up and that what I do for a job already so I imagine I’d still be doing that.
Conor: To be honest at 29 years old I still haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up…it’s probably time I gave it some thought!!
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?
Matt: Write what makes you happy, I think the most important thing is you have to make sure you enjoy what you do and enjoy the music you’re writing, if you don’t like listening to what you write how can you expect anyone else too.
Conor: I think the main thing is to have some belief in the music you create and understand that it isn’t going to be liked by everyone, as long as you enjoy and it helps you to get some stuff off your chest, you’ll be doing it for the right reasons.