Sunday, 09 March 2014 07:47

Pre-SXSW Feature Series Part III: The Colourist

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The ColouristPre-SXSW Feature Series Part III: The Colourist

Moving steadily along, our next pre-SXSW featured act are California natives, The Colourist! The Colourist are Adam Castilla, Maya Tuttle, Kollin Johannsen, and Justin Wagner, and we think their “engaging songs laced with hooks that leave you wanting more,” are awesome!

The Colourist, according to their website, spent “much of 2012 honing their live show with the likes of Grouplove, Electric Guest, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.,” while 2013 saw the band recording their debut EP, Lido.

In their short career the group has appeared at Coachella and have opened for some stellar indie bands like Metric, Youngblood Hawke, and Atlas Genius. They’ve also recently landed a massive sync with Nokia!

Vocalist Adam believes their music worked well in the spot because “When you hear a song that just keeps repeating in the back of your head, why not associate it with a commercial?” He added, “I can always remember a commercial with a catchy hook behind it.” “During our last tour,” says the singer, “Fans would start talking to us and they would often bring up, ‘oh we heard your song on that Nokia Lumia commercial’.”

See what else Adam had to say about music supervision below and try to catch one of the band’s whopping 5 official shows at SXSW: Monday, March 10 at Clive Bar; Tuesday, March 11 at Hype Hotel; Thursday, March 13, twice at Cedar St. Courtyard; and Friday, March 14 at Palm Door. If you can’t make it, you can still keep up with the band on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Tumblr.

How do you feel about the business of licensing

I feel like bands and artists have to get creative on how to get music out. This year we’ve had a few placements that unquestionably brought our music to new ears and brought forth a great following. As long as the branding is right, we are all for it.

How do you feel about bands as composers?

(Will Butler & Own Pallett’s Her score was mentioned as a reference)

When I took a listen to Her’s soundtrack I found it very enjoyable, you get more of an illustrated, orchestrated version of Arcade Fire’s sound; I love when you can hear just an instrumental and still know it came from a particular band or artist. We’d love to take on a score.

How do you feel about the whole “music-for-media” movement?

If it feels right then why not?

What’s your favorite music supervision moment?

There are too many to list! Here’s a few that really stuck with me. The Pixies’s “Where Is My mind” on Fight Club, Jonny Greenwood’s “Bodysong” on There Will Be Blood, and Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” on Trainspotting.


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