Meet Little Hurt: the pop-driven solo project created by former frontman of The Mowgli’s, Colin Dieden. We had the chance to talk to him about his newest single, “Better Drugs” and about his project in general. Keep reading to find out more about him and check out the newest single below!
How would you describe your sound for those who have not heard your music before?
I generally write really happy sounding music with pretty sad lyrics. I like the contrast between the two and I think in a way that sort of rounds me out as a person. Someone on Twitter called it “depression pop” and I’m just not sure I can describe it any better than that!
What made you want to pursue a side project as a solo artist?
I had been in my old band The Mowgli’s for like 10 years and I felt the need to dive a bit deeper. To wake something up inside of myself that had been asleep for awhile. It wasn’t an easy decision, and this hasn’t been an easy road necessarily, but I think I needed to be brave and take some risks to see what was in store for me behind the door I hadn’t opened yet.
What can you tell us about your newest single, “Better Drugs”?
This was the song that brought Little Hurt into existence. I hadn’t even really thought about going solo until this song was written and everyone around me was like “Man, this is special. This is new. This is so honest. You NEED to chase this down!”
What was the process of writing “Better Drugs” like?
I sat down just to write a song with three of my best friends one night. Like we would any night. I don’t think any of us thought we were going to stumble across something so powerful and special that evening. We were drinking some wine and we started in on that chorus and we all looked at each other like “okay, well we have something here.” I wrote this song with Rob Ellmore (Ruffian) my producer, Cameron Walker-Wright from Twin XL, and Elijah Noll from American Teeth.
What do you hope people gain from listening to your newest single and the rest of your music?
I want people to feel like they’re on this Little Hurt journey with me. Like we are a family. It’s really important to me to have a close connection with my fans because none of this would be happening without them. I want them to feel like it’s okay to hurt, and okay to fully feel whatever they’re going through. I want my music to offer them a place to put those feelings and an opportunity to work through them.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I’m all over the place! My playlists range from Young Thug to Major Lazer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. I like to think you can hear a little bit of all that in my songs. I love country, I love pop, I love trap, whatever. I just like music that makes me feel something.
What is next for you in 2020?
We’re working on getting a tour together so we can get Little Hurt out there on the road and meet all the amazing people that listen to these songs!