Oklahoma singer-songwriter Graham Colton premiered his new music video Born To Raise Hell on November 7th. The mysterious song is the first single off of his upcoming album Lonely Ones (out in January, 2014 via his own Graham Colton Recordings). After touring to preview the new album, A Music Blog, Yea? asked Graham about quintessential songs, the feel of the forthcoming LP, and the Born To Raise Hell film-clip. Here’s what he had to say:
AMBY: Hello Graham, cheers for speaking with AMBY. What have you been up to?
Graham Colton: Hi! As I type I am holding my new baby daughter…who is crying.
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Graham Colton?
Graham Colton: Ask me tomorrow and this will change. Right now, 2 new ones called ‘Hands Untied’ & ‘Summer To Me’ & an older one called ‘Since You Broke It.’
AMBY: Your upcoming album Lonely Ones is being released on January 21st. What’s the significance behind the LP’s title?
Graham Colton: It’s taken from ‘Hands Untied.’ There was something about the way the lyrics ‘don’t you know that we’re the lonely ones’ felt. I still am not quite sure what that phrase means but it resonates.
AMBY: Looking forward to the upcoming release of Lonely Ones; how would you describe the feel of the album?
Graham Colton: It for sure has an A & B side. I like that it has an ‘off season’ kind of feel. I wanted to write songs where my voice could be a part of a musical landscape and not stick out too much. I wanted to be a bit anonymous vocally on w/ these songs.
AMBY: The new video for Born To Raise Hell is excellent. How did you come up with the concept for the film-clip?
Graham Colton: Thanks! I had nothing to do with the concept. Similar to how I made the record, I put my creative faith in Nik + Lamar to make something different.
AMBY: You were on a North American tour previewing the new album. What were some of the tour’s highlights?
Graham Colton: It was great to get to the Pacific Northwest again. I wish it wasn’t so far away and we were able to play there more often.
AMBY: Does hailing from Oklahoma have an influence on your music? And if so, how?
Graham Colton: Absolutely. However, it’s been a different type of influence on this record because I really put my creative faith in some of my closest musician friends here in town. I drew more from the current happenings in the Oklahoma music scene than my past experiences.
AMBY: Which other artists from Oklahoma should we keep our eyes on?
Graham Colton: Broncho, Sherree Chamberlain, and a new band called ‘Afterlights’
AMBY: What is the best piece of advice you have been given regarding the music industry?
Graham Colton: Things often won’t happen the way you plan.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Graham Colton: I really like the Daft Punk record, Random Access Memories.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Graham Colton that nobody knows yet?
Graham Colton: I prefer the aisle seat.
Thank you Graham Colton, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout