Color Out – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CO: Color Out is a rock solo project. I write, perform and produce all of these songs out of my home studio in Nashville, TN.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CO: Born in Orlando FL, started playing guitar around 10 years old. Growing up I was a huge country music fan, but once I learned to play guitar I was all about 90’s rock. Played in a couple high school bands but never anything too serious. Went off to college (Go Noles!) and continued writing and playing guitar but never joined a band. I didn’t get serious about music again until I moved to Chicago and joined a local band. Toured the Midwest a little and then ultimately decided to start Color Out in early 2015.
Fun fact about me that few people know: I was a police officer for 5 years in Orlando, FL.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CO: Musical influences – Death Cab for Cutie, Third Eye Blind, The Dangerous Summer & Fleetwood Mac. So many others, but I think these bands had the most influence on my songwriting and guitar style. Ben Gibbard from DCFC is an incredible lyricist and songwriter and has always been a major influence.
Non-musical influences – My parents. They bought me a guitar at a young age and that was the greatest gift anyone could have ever given me. They suffered through all the terrible songs I wrote early on and still encouraged me and my passion for music. I am not sure if they fully understand the effect music has had on my life, but I owe them everything for it.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CO: I know this sounds corny but I am honestly living the dream right now. I started this project back in 2015 and had no idea what I was doing and zero expectations. I had written a couple songs and simply wanted an outlet to release them. Fast forward 5 years later – I have written a song for a video game, had a song placed in a film, and connected with thousands of people around the world. All of this without playing one live show. Starting Color Out was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I never take for granted the fact that total strangers are listening to my music.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CO: I write all the songs for Color Out. I try to write songs that are relatable and deal with every day life. Most of them tend to be relationship songs; good and bad. I have always written a little more sad songs but those are the types of songs that I have always connected with. I’ve never been great at writing really happy songs although there are 2 of those on this new EP.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CO: I typically self promote on social media. Right now I am working with a PR agent (Rogue PR) and so far it’s been great. As a solo project that doesn’t tour, getting my music out there is the biggest obstacle so having help in this area is huge.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CO: I am all for it. I have uploaded most of my catalogue on sites where you can stream and download for free. This has led to paid songwriting gigs for a video game and a film. My goal is to get my music out there to as many people as possible. If it weren’t for these platforms, I wouldn’t be able to reach such a large audience.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CO: “Stairway to Heaven” so I could sit back and retire.
A more legitimate answer is “Brothers on Hotel Bed” by Death Cab for Cutie. This is a song that I idolize as a songwriter. So well written, a perfect arrangement and incredible lyrics. Such a great use of metaphoric symbolism comparing brothers sleeping on a hotel bed to a couple slowly growing apart.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CO: People that drive slow in the left hand lane. I travel a lot and this is pretty annoying.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CO: My proudest moment in music was writing a song for an upcoming film titled, “Moments in Spacetime”. The song was featured in the trailer and the lead actress sings the song in it’s entirety during an open mic night scene in the film. This was one of those moments that I stopped and really let it really sink in how far this project has come.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CO: I just finished recording songs for the upcoming EP titled ‘Perspectives” which will be available on all streaming platforms 3/13/20. I am really excited about these tracks and can’t wait for everyone to hear them. One of the songs I am most excited about is “Perspectives” which I think a lot of people will connect with. I think everyone has those nights out with friends or a significant other that you don’t want to end. This song is simply about enjoying life and living in the moment. There is also an acoustic version of this song on the EP that is very different than the original version. Totally stripped down so it feels almost like a completely different song
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
CO: No upcoming shows (Yet), but my goal is to one day hit the road and play these songs live.
In the meantime, hit me up on social media! I love talking to fans so stop by and say hello!
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