““[A]uthentically affectionate sound that we’re hoping will become signature in subsequent releases. If Trent Reznor produced for Boy George, the sonic result wouldn’t be all too different from the danceably dark, ethereal textures in SINK.” ” - Amelia Vandergast of A&R Factory
Location: Vallejo, California
Conner Eko is an emerging indie pop singer-songwriter (and astrophysicist) located in the Bay Area, California. His debut single and music video, “SINK”, was self-produced and released in August 2021 after years in hiatus from music.
Eko participated in previous musical projects as a singer-songwriter (such as Pittsburgh-based indie rock band Falling Andes), but that was many years ago. During this time away, he spent time as a high school science teacher, and most recently began working on a PhD in astrophysics. He studies planets around other stars, thinks about the idea of life elsewhere in the universe, and how to get students to learn science better through data-driven Modeling Astronomy. Although Eko’s science and education pursuits are exciting, the time away from music and songwriting deeply affected him and increased his struggles with a lifelong battle with major depression and anxiety.
In March 2021, everything changed when a serendipitous accident gave Eko a traumatic brain injury, which led him to developing post-concussion syndrome and an increase in depression and other health problems. Forced to take a leave of absence from his PhD and many other activities, he found solace and healing in his music. With writing and playing music being one of the few things that he could do that wouldn’t result in headaches and other concussion symptoms, Eko began to craft new songs and completed his debut single, “SINK” (Aug. 2021), which was then followed by the holiday track, “Christmas Morning Goodbye” (Dec. 2021).
The silver lining in his leave of absence and injury was realizing that music and songwriting were some of the most important things in his life and that they were essential to him as a person. He realized after many years of being led astray from following his true dream–being a professional singer-songwriter–that it is never too late to pursue and in order to be fully happy and the best version of himself, he must pursue.
Although Eko is currently still battling some post-concussion symptoms, he started to make enough improvements in his recovery to return to his PhD and research in January 2022. In addition to his PhD work, Eko has been spending a lot of time writing new material and hopes to officially release songs as soon as possible. As he prepares production for future songs, he is excited that a dance pop remix of his debut single, "Sink (StoneBridge Remix)", released on June 3, 2022, produced by Grammy-nominated DJ StoneBridge.
Eko's new material in development will blend indie synth pop and retro indie singer-songwriter. Lyrically, Eko’s new songs will tell of his own personal story, his battle with depression, as well as include philosophical themes and metaphors relating to humanity and our place on Earth and in the cosmos.