|"Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth..." (Marcus Aurelius)|
I was born in Coventry, U.K. and my musical career took off with the
"Punk/New wave" movement of the late 1970’s when my band "The Flys" released our independent
EP "Bunch of fives" on our manager’s Zama label in late 1977.
This release coupled with extensive touring opening for "The Buzzcocks" brought us to
the attention of E.M.I. who signed the band in early 1978, releasing 3 albums, "Waikiki Beach Refugees",
"Flys Own" and "The Flys".
Finally internal band conflicts broke up the band and I was invited to join my sister "Hazel O’Connor" who was about to break into the musical scene in a big way with her movie and self penned album "Breaking Glass".
Hazel broke up the band in 1983 though I continued to work with her as musical director and co-producing, with "Martin Rushent" at his "Genetic studios", her fourth Album "Smile" for R.C.A. in 1984. I stayed at Genetic for the next 4 years.
In 1989 I was introduced to a manager and executive producer who had an album recorded by Montrealers, "Les Parfait Salaud", that needed a mix.
I was offered the job mixing their album and thus a relationship with Canada and particularly Montreal was begun. Since being full time in Montreal I have worked with and produced such bands and artists as "Tango Tango", "Too Many Cooks", "Tribes of March", "Daniel Weaver", "Gaston Mandeville", "The Whereabouts", "Pop Mécanic" ,"Papillon", "Leap" and "Nico Lelievre".
I continue to write and perform with some of my artists and in my own right and have recently finished my album "Everything we hear". (Neil O'Connor)
Musician & Music Producer
Genre : Alternatif / Post-punk / Rock
Locations: Coventry, Brighton, Oxford, U.K., Montreal, Quebec, CA