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INTERVIEW: King Colobus

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
All is sweet thanks. Our drummer (Simon) has just got hitched in Cyprus, so whilst he is on honeymoon in Russia (long story), we have been working hard on new tracks for the new year. It has been quite different writing remotely, but a lot of fun.

Can you talk to us more about your single “King Colobus”?
It’s generally a dialogue about the scene I was expected to belong to when growing up. Plymouth was not the most diverse city to grow up in and so you had to learn how to survive if you were a minority, or if you had different outlooks to the mainstream. Even now, it’s pretty tough breaking through the sea of tribute and covers bands that get more than the lions share of opportunity in Plymouth.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It’s more a repetitive string of events that inspired this. When I was a teenager, I think people identified with one another more by the way they looked. Being a lanky, black guy with dreads, I looked a tad out of place on the ‘alternative music’ scene, but it’s what I loved.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
There’s definitely a plan to do this, but we haven’t put this in concrete yet. It’s a case of trying to get the guys we want to work with in the diary.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the track and album after the band?
The band name came way before the song. The track is about how you evolve, but don’t change who you are. The band is very much like this.

How was the recording and writing process?
Most tracks are written by me, but James Bailes puts his production hat on, which helps to shape the initial idea. We have been working on stuff together for over 10 years know, so we know what would appeal to each other. Gavin and Simon really help fatten up our ideas and also help the transition from recording to live. We all have a lot of recording experience, so getting demos made is pretty painless.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
They are all personal takes of events, relationships and politics that either I, or someone close to me have experienced. I think you have to have experience over the subjects that you write about.

Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, we are currently planning gigs for February onwards, to coincide the the EP launch. It looks like we will be somewhere in Cornwall, Plymouth, Bristol, Oxford and London. We are just sorting this out logistically, but we keep on getting asked to add other towns and cities to the list!

What else is happening next in King Colobus’ world?
The festival circuit is pretty important to us for 2017. Alongside this, we also intend to release our debut album before the end of the year. We’ve already made a start on it and we can’t wait to get it out there.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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