Following a 2 year hiatus, Colton Avery has returned stronger than ever with his single ‘Religion‘. He took the time to talk to me about upcoming releases, live shows and his fans, despite technology working against us!
It’s been a while since we have had original music, was that a purposeful wait?
No, what was like, I think after tour we were like. We were wondering if we release a record or do we approach record labels. We just aimed really high and we approached some big record labels. At the time no one was signing anyone, so we went back to the drawing board. I then decided to release stuff independently, so that’s what I’m doing, you know. I am just doing it that way. It was basically, you know, a business strategy of when to release stuff, more than it was me not having material. I have been writing a ton of songs the past few years.
‘Religion’ is an amazing song, is this the style you’re going to take with the rest of the releases?
I love more and more singer song writers and spacey vibes, but I am also liking upbeat stuff as well. But, yeah, as far as if you look at it from a song writing point of view, the honesty of it and the simplicity of it. I think that will be athread of all my stuff that comes out.
Was this your top choice for your first single, did you specifically choose this song?
I specifically chose this song. The reason being is that I wanted to start with something that felt really and was also sort of like restrained because I am going to be releasing singles of the next few months and the new year, so that’s my plan. I wanted to start with something quite simple and then we can build from there. This was the song that I was like ‘wow, this song is really honest’ and I like it and i love the vibe, but yeah it is really restrained and quite simple and we can build from there instead of sitting there with something with all the production. I am going to save that for the later months.
The fans have been crazy, there has been so many people tweeting about ‘Religion’. How has it felt to see that reaction?
It has been great, I am just glad, honestly, so every time you write a song, we sort of have feelings and that that we like, but that doesn’t mean that it is going to translate. So when someone can relate to what you write or just love listening to your stuff, it always feels great, it never feels bad. I am so happy with the way people have responded, so yeah!
What can fans expect next from you?
Well, I will be releasing a single, sort of one every month or one every other month. I will be doing that up to the new year and then into 2018 and then a record will follow, that is what fans have to look forward to.
I asked you this question way back when we had our first interview, so what is your favourite app on your phone?
Ummm, that’s tough! Probably, it’s so funny because I don’t Snapchat a lot, but I would say that because my family send me the best Snapchats and the filters are great. Either that or Reddit, just because I am constantly on there reading stories. It’s between those two, if I had to choose one, it would be Snapchat though because I like it.
What is your favourite dessert?
I’d say chocolate cake because I have had it for my birthday every year. If we are talking pie, then coco pie. If we’re talking ice cream then chocolate or rocky road and then… If you’re talking, i don’t know man. I obviously love cookie dough ice cream. I don’t have a specific answer! That is the hardest question I have ever been asked.
What do you think is the easiest and the hardest part of writing song or of the song itself?
The hardest thing, I think with coming up with a fresh theme all the time. It can be quite difficult. The easiest thing is just jamming with new music.
What do you think is the hardest song to perform live either for emotional reasons or technically difficult?
Umm, I mean in the past probably, ‘Murder’ was quite hard I think just because I was doing a reggae thing. It was quite easy to do on record, but whenever I went out on tour I like changed the version so the picking was quite hard and then I realised that all my phrases were very hard, so finding time to do that was hard. That’s why I started with that because if I could get it out the way it was smooth sailing from there.
What would you like to achieve through your music?
Probably, I just really enjoy singing songs, I always have since I was a kid. I guess, what I would like to achieve would be to write music that people like to listen to. If I get the opportunity to play guitar and sing, I jus love playing songs for everybody. Whether the music changes them or changes me, I don’t mind.
If you could create your dream concert, you can go as big or small as you want with this, who would it be?
Okay, I would have 2 headlines, I would probably have like Michael Jackson for headline, but the backing band would be The Police, that would be dope. Before them I would have Stevie Ray Vaughan be the middle band because he is just so raw and I would love to see him live. I would come out for one song between each because I would want to watch the bands. Then to open I would have 1976 James Taylor to play like 4 song because he can play the 4 songs I love from him. I would play one song with each, to me that would be so cool. And then venue, I don’t know anywhere that’s cool!
Ideally, in 5 years, where would you like to be?
I would like to be 32 and I would like to be a few more albums down the line, a lot better at song writing, a lot better at guitar playing and just touring and playing a lot more. I think one thing I have learnt over the years is that I would love to play a lot more shows and to get a lot more music out and hopefully people will respond well.
We had a few questions from fans on Twitter.
A question from @DannysGirlxox on Twitter: What would be your favourite experience?
There is a couple that come to mind; one of them would be playing at the O2. I went from playing in front of like a hundred people to playing in front of thousands of people, it was really cool to play, I almost crapped my pants. The second, okay I have been telling my dad that I have two favourite rock singers, one is Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin and Steve Perry from Journey. I met them in LA, I met Robert Plant at the bar and I met Steve Perry later that day. That was crazy because I was like how weird is the universe. It was wicked.
@Stagnant_Milk would like to know what would your advice be to aspiring musicians and songwriters?
My advice would be to really work hard on your craft. The ending will always look good. Especially now, you can do everything yourself. If everyone has the idea of what they need to do, then they can make it dope. You only need a guitar and a laptop now. I would just say to focus on your craft and learn to do everything yourself?
It was a pleasure to speak to Colton again, his most recent single ‘Religion’ is a brilliant return and I’m really excited to hear what’s next for him. Make sure you follow him on social media to stay up to date on new releases.
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