INTERVIEW: Coldabank

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

Hey thanks for having me 🙂 I’ve been quite up and down since the pandemic struck. Initially I was really anxious, but thankfully I found myself adapting quickly. I’ve been working on some really exciting new songs at home and finding new ways to collaborate over the internet. I’ve been keeping really fit and creating whenever the mood takes me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Afterlife”?

It’s a vocal dance track, which I made collaboratively with writer Mike Kintish, and DJ & producer TCTS. I sing on it and co-produced it. It’s darker than some of my previous stuff, but still really upbeat and groovy, with a hint of garage swing in the beat.

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

Yeh the lyrics were heavily inspired by a short but intense relationship I had with somebody, following a really big breakup. I’d been through a heavy bout of depression and I’d been avoiding dating for a really long time, so this song is kind of a tribute to rediscovering life, love and your sense of self after having a tough period of time.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the single?

There’s a visualizer up on YouTube already which is a 3D animated version of the single artwork. This was created in collaboration with my label and an amazing outfit called Adult Art Club. They really captured a cool mood for the track, based on some input from me as well. For this single there aren’t plans to shoot a full video, but it’s certainly an area I’d like to move into with future material.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well, it was my first session with Sam [TCTS] and Mike [Kintish], so we met up and started chatting and getting to know each other. This is one thing I love about collaborating, just getting to meet so many great people and share your experiences. Mike had an unusual method where he gave me a pen and paper, shut me in the vocal booth and asked me to write a stream of consciousness based on what I’d recently been through. From those pages of words, we began to extract lyrics, whilst Sam was working on the music and it just kinda flowed into this thing we were all really excited about.

What was it like to work with Illyus & Barrientos and how did that relationship develop?

I’m a big fan of those guys and was really happy that they agreed to remix Afterlife. They defo gave it more edge for the clubs and DJs. I’ll be honest though, this came about through my record label and the way remixes are done it’s not that common to actually get in a room together, so to say we collaborated would be a bit of a stretch, but those boys did an immense job and are clearly on fire right now!

As someone who tends to be very big on collaboration or working for someone else – what would you say has been the most important thing you’ve learned from these experiences?

I have worked for loads of acts in the past behind the scenes, but when I began making my own music, I would tend to work alone. That was an important stage, but more recently I have grown in confidence and I now much prefer working with other people. For me it is the best way to get things done, also, there’s more strength in the ideas which make the cut because if something isn’t good enough, you’re going to get told! I also love being vulnerable in front of other creative people, I think we all share similar struggles, and writing music with someone is a great way to form a friendship. If you get comfortable enough, It’s also a bit like free therapy!

Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Yeh if I’m working alone it would usually be on something like a remix, or just writing a song in a rough demo form. Writing lyrics and melody alone can be fun, because you can usually be a bit weirder without fear of being misunderstood or judged. But to be honest, to get something over the line to a really high standard, for me collaboration is key. And when two or more people are putting energy into something and getting excited, that’s when the magic often happens.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Honestly, I have a ton of great songs at the moment which are basically ready to go. I’m just about to agree my next single with my label, so hopefully you’ll be hearing something totally fresh very soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Watch this space!

Any plans to hit the road?

Obviously not physically due to the global pandemic, but I am mustering up the courage to experiment with live streaming a DJ set or maybe even filming some kind of performance when it feels right. Just gotta get over those nerves! Weirdly its quite daunting performing at home alone, but so many people are doing it so well that I’m trying to draw inspiration from them.

What else is happening next in Coldabanks’ world?

I’ve recently had a few songs which I have written for other people come out. That’s exciting for me because I have huge ambitions as a songwriter, not just for Coldabank, but for other artists, so I’m making some exciting moves into that world. Obviously partying, socializing and dating are all out of the window at the moment, but I’m looking forward to all of those elements of life again eventually. Otherwise I’m mostly trying to keep myself active and sane whilst we wait for things to settle and lockdown to end.

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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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