Last week we reviewed the video for the track “No More” by the up and coming songwriter/guitarist known as Ronoc. To say that the song is a good song woulf be the understatement of the A.D> era. Just take a listen for yourself. And know we get to talk to the man himself about how his music came to be and what his plans are for global dominence. You think I’m joking but, please, go listen for yourself.
A singer-songwriter with a unique sound and outlook, Ronoc (aka Conor Dawson) is an artist who is currently enjoying a great level of independent success. His excellent recent single ‘Battling On’ peaked in the Amazon charts at number 91, while in the genre-specific rock charts he rocketed all the way up to number three – right alongside no other than David Bowie.
This was a huge moment for Ronoc, not least because Bowie was, of course a huge influence, and now he is looking to build on that success with a new single titled ‘No More’.
Often compared to the likes of Sting, Paul Weller, Phil Collins and even David Bowie himself, the range of artists different listeners conjure up gives an idea as to the range on offer from Ronoc. In truth his music is tough to classify – intricate pop-rock with a jazzy, singer-songwriter twist is arguably the best, succinct description.
Perhaps the best way to understand him is to listen to the track itself and make up your own mind. Regardless of genre, it’s a sleek, smart musical treat.
Written from the heart, ‘No More’ is about working through a relationship that is struggling, and working to make it last. It’s about those familiar arguments we all have which, when we look back on them, serve nothing other than ego.
This raw, emotional approach to songwriting is typical of Ronoc and it’s why he has started to win new fans in huge numbers. He is building quickly on local support from his home county of Leicestershire, where he has featured on BBC introducing East Midlands, BBC Leicester, and local radio stations Oak FM and Hermitage FM. Local papers such as Leicester mercury, Loughborough Echo, Leicestershire guardian and various smaller local magazines have also dedicated columns to him, especially after a crowd-pleasing set at the Loughborough Christmas lights switch-on show with Gem106 FM.
This level of success shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to those who have followed Conor Dawson’s musical progress. Previous band The Vacations was so well written and produced that they had their music synced to TV shows like ‘Jersey Shore’ and ‘Friendzone’. This is a sure sign of songwriting quality, and he is now utilising his talents to create solo music in his very own mould.