We spoke with Morgan Alley, one half of Florida Based electro-R&B rock duo, Colours about their new album Ivory and what’s next for the band.
Read on for their exclusive Artist of the Week Q&A!
How would you describe Colours’ sound? What is the first song of yours that you would recommend to someone who hasn’t listened to you before?
A couple words that come to mind are like dark bruiting sounds, if I had to put it in a genre I’d describe it as a dark electronic pop. One song, I would say Slow. Slow is a song that I think appeals to a broad demographic of listeners.
What influenced your music, both musically and lyrically?
We find influence in peers around us, other artists other people doing things that inspire us. We have a bunch of artists that I think are doing something really great with their image and their product. Not only their music but their brand and I think we find inspiration from them.
Your debut album just came out and received phenomenal support, what was the process like recording that album?
Long, it was a long process. Writing was the long part, we wrote the album over a two and a half year span and really took our time with it. I believe we finished it the end of 2014 and we went into the studio with Shaun Lopez and tracked for six weeks. The tracking process was much shorter than the writing process.
With the new record coming out, what’s next for you in 2016?
A lot of touring, we’ve kind of been home and doing a lot of back end work for the band. We really wanted this record to be represented in it’s best light and we’ve been doing a lot of work on the back end and kind of staying quiet but now we are ready to tour so you can expect a lot of touring from us.
Is there a dream venue you want to play?
Maybe not a venue but Glassonbury is a festival that is definitely on our bucket list.
How do you guys connect with your fans?
Usually we are very responsive on all of our social media, we run it all ourselves and we try to make it a point to respond to every person whether it’s email, Twitter or Facebook to engage with them and respond to everything whether it is a criticism, praise or a question, whatever it is we try to be as responsive as possible to everyone through our social media.
What’s something your fans might not know about you?
Well me personally, I’m left handed, that’s probably something they don’t know.
If you could collaborate with one artist, band or producer, who would it be and why?
I think if we as a band could do that we would probably collaborate with Michael Jackson, I think he’s just someone who honed his craft like nobody else, someone who inspires both of us. If someone had a product and did with his music what we do with a fraction of ours. I think Michael Jackson would be pretty awesome.
What’s your advice for someone just getting started in music?
I decided that I wanted to play music when I was 14 years old and that’s been my goal since then. It’s such a long road and such a tough road at times and I think persistence every step of the way, every project you work with, every musician you run into there’s always something to learn from them, something to take away and something to add to whatever you pursue in the future.
Coffee or tea?
Ocean or lake?
Car or plane?
Most embarrassing song you’ve been obsessed with
Oh man, there’s so many. There’s a bunch I don’t know the names of, I have a ton, I guess I was obsessed with Bye Bye Bye by NSYNC when I was younger. Like right now it’s not a guilty pleasure it’s actually a great song but the thirteen year old me, it was not cool at that time.
Song you wish you wrote
In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins. I love it. He’s one of my favorites of all time.