John Conlin Brings Back 2010s Pop In, "It Doesn't Matter"

Taking his talents from Toronto to Los Angeles is singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed hopeless romantic John Conlin with his vibrant pop single, "It Doesn't Matter."

After landing in Los Angeles from YYZ, Conlin made a name for himself with his unique technicolor electropop sound that never fails to fill listeners with vibrant emotion to dancing the night away. His inspirations mainly stem from early 2010s pop that took over the world with excessive synth use and maximalist production.

Now, John Conlin revives that era in time with sweet new singles like "It Doesn't Matter." The song perfectly captures that 2010s 'love conquers all' notion alongside the artist's agile vocals and his perfect use of 80s sound effects. The massive beat and shimmering synths are bound to make you loosen up to move and groove.

Jumping into the new tune, "It Doesn't Matter," we're instantly taken into the technicolor world of John Conlin through his stunning synths and driving beats that open the song like a bright ray of sun. As he playfully makes his vocal appearance, Conlin expands on the many trials and tribulations he's experienced with someone special but forgetting them just to let loose and have fun for one memorable night.

This song is incredibly infectious, and we can't help but tap our toes when listening to the many synth layers, harmonious background keys that liven the nostalgic feel, and Conlin's carefree vocal performance. We truly feel like we've rewinded a decade when experiencing this feel-good tune, and we're sure our readers will appreciate how Conlin revives such a defining era in music.

Welcome to BuzzMusic, John Conlin. We want to start by thanking you for taking us back to 2010s pop with your recent single, "It Doesn't Matter." When did you feel inspired to create this nostalgic and exhilarating song?

The pandemic was such a turning point for me as an artist. I went back to the drawing board in terms of rediscovering my sound, and I knew that I wanted to go in a more dance and feel-good direction. There's something so captivating about the early 2010s pop landscape. The synths were massive, the hooks would get stuck in your head for days, and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to create music reminiscent of that era. I know it wasn't all that long ago, but I feel like mainstream music has evolved and shifted so much in such a relatively short period of time that was going back to the early 2010's already has a tinge of nostalgia tied to it.

Did you have any musical influences in mind when navigating the lively and nostalgic sonic atmosphere for "It Doesn't Matter"?

I turned to two of my favorite icons when it came to creating the sonic landscape for "It Doesn't Matter": Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. There was such a carefree attitude to Gaga's The Fame record, especially with "Just Dance" that I totally pulled inspiration from. And when it comes to Katy, Teenage Dream is practically the pop Bible for production, hooks, and catchiness, and I made it a mission to make "It Doesn't Matter" as big, ear wormy and epic as possible.

Do you usually write such high-energy and danceable songs that encourage the listener to let loose, similar to "It Doesn't Matter"?

Yes, I'm never one for subtlety! I describe my music as maximalist; I love having tons of elements and numerous vocal layers stacked on top of each other. I love having my choruses sit in a much higher vocal register than my verses because it adds this sense of urgency and emotion from me as a singer. I feel like having a wide variety of music moving parts supports the catchy hooks I write and only furthers its emotional delivery and danceability.

On a more personal note, why do you feel so drawn and inspired by the 2010s pop era? Which artists helped define your love for that sound?

That whole era of music was so important to me as an adolescent. I would always go home and watch music videos from my favorite stars and try to learn the choreography. I remember having the "Bad Romance" video saved and downloaded to my iPod touch and constantly watching it as I walked home from school. There was such a big presence in the way music sounded. The way artists performed…it all felt like this important spectacle, and I'd just eat it all up. Other than Gaga and Katy, I also really loved, and still love, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. My World 2.0 was always on heavy rotation, and Rihanna's Loud is literally one of the all-time best dance-pop records.