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INTERVIEW: Colossal Street Jam

Hi Gene, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great! Thanks for asking. The last few months have been amazing.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Can’t Take It”?

“I Can’t Take It” was a great idea brought in from our guitarist Sal Marra, he wrote the riff and the lyrics for this one. He had an idea to try and play off some old 70’s funk, kind of a James Brown idea. Once we got it out live the song took shape and is normally our closing song. We leave the end of the song open for some great solos by both Sal and our Hammond organ player Eric Safka. This is one of my favorites to sing too, I like how the vocals follow the band at the end of each verse.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

No events for this one, just really the idea of having a more 70’s funk type song on our new release.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We actually just released the video for this song last month. We did it live at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ with a whole crew of our fans and friends. The Saint is a legendary rock club we get to play once in a while. The video shoot was a lot of fun and I think it came out great.

The single comes off your new album Living Free – what’s the story behind the title?

“Living Free” is kind of our new motto. In the beginning of the band all we were concerned with was being rock stars or famous. Know we just concern ourselves in being the best band we can be and also our fans. We play music for us and if it doesn’t go anywhere we will still be happy because we having something tangible that we believe in and poured our hearts into.

How was the recording and writing process?

Honestly, very smooth. We hired Tony Tee Lewis of HiVoltage Music to engineer and produce this release. He was a 6th member of the band. His ideas and guidance was immeasurable. I think his influence is heard throughout the whole release. He also gave us the idea to cover Frankie Miller’s “Be Good To Yourself” which is getting a lot of radio play. The writing took about 16 months as we changed drummers during that time frame. Can’t wait to get started on the next release with him.

How has Bad Company influence your writing?

I am a huge Paul Rodgers fan, he’s on the top of my list of favorite singers that I am influenced by along with Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. The 70’s bluesy style of music coming out of England at that time is a huge influence on us. I think we lean towards those bands when we write and record. We always say we’d like to have the “Free” sound on our recordings, more of a live feel.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Sal and I write the lyrics, Sal normally writes the riffs and the band builds it from there. I find inspiration for the lyrics I write through life experiences and sometimes whats going on in the world. This world is crazy anymore, how can you not be influenced by it. Sal is a very positive writer, he likes to wrote more about relationships and love(woman). He’s a very positive guy.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have many plans to get this music out to the masses. We are in the process right now of trying to get it all sorted out. We’d like to do some stops in certain places in the U.S and then hopefully in 2018 get over to the UK and surrounding areas.

What else is happening next in Colossal Street Jam’s world?

We have just started the video for “Songbird” the ballad on “Living Free” and then we are actually back in the studio late July hoping to have another release by years end. Touring is a good possibility too. Fingers crossed this will all come together but definitely and new video and release in the near future.

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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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