Conan Gray’s rise to stardom is pretty awe-inspiring given that he has made his headstart as a teen bedroom musician back during his YouTube days with the release of his first hit-single Idle Town. But it’s fair to say that he still remains true to who he’s always been.
If he’s not making music, the half-Irish half Japanese indie pop star, who possesses the good looks of a Celine model, can be found replying his fans’ DMs or being a total Taylor Swift Stan. Declared an “Internet sweetheart” by some, the 21-year-old musician who has 2.2 million followers on Instagram as of press time, brushes off this “very nice” title off coyly, saying that he “was raised by the internet, so it makes sense.”
This time around, the smalltown high-school kid from Georgetown, Texas, is back in the limelight. His newest and second album Kid Krow continues to speak volumes to his fans worldwide: since it launched on March 20, the album has claimed spots on iTunes’ Overall Top Albums Chart and Top Pop Albums Chart.
Scroll through TikTok today and you’ll easily find the Gen Z crowd making videos to his hit-single Heather which dropped its music video on August 20. The title has also become a popular slang used on TikTok to mean popular girl or ‘main character’ – if that isn’t the mark of a true Internet sensation these days, we don’t know what is.
Here, we sat down for an exclusive 10-minute chat with Gray via Zoom.
Photos Brian Ziff