"Surfer/Song Writer/Soul Seeker Colin Giles has been on the Los Angeles music scene for over 10 years. Currently playing with The L.A. All-star Revue, The Roundabouts, and The Big Sound (Stand So Tall, released in 2004), Colin is taking a new turn is his musical journey by currently releasing his debut solo album. It's an acoustic, stripped down, soul induced blend of hypnotic guitar rhythms and sweet vocal melodies. Music in its most simple and raw form, a man and his guitar. Colin is heavily influenced by American Soul and late 1960s Jamaican music. It's Plain, it's simple, it's raw, it's real. Almost anyday, you can find Colin on the beach, at Third Point Malibu, playing his guitar and singing a few songs."
Back in January of this year, I sat down to email "a bunch of questions"(Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) to Colin Giles and this is how it went...
Jan 19, 2007
Who are some of your main musical influences?
Colin: Main musical influences are: Ken Boothe, Desmond Dekker, Jackie Mittoo,
Sam Cooke, Delroy Wilson
Any current bands that you really dig and would recommend?
Colin: Some current bands... Hepcat, The Aggrolites & Lost In Los Angeles.
Let's settle this once and for all, how many myspace pages do you have?
Colin: I have only 1 myspace page. 1 for me, 1 for the Big Sound, and 1 for everything else..ha ha..
Pressure Drop: Which is is well in the hundreds!!
Everyone that knows you knows you surf, can you tell us a little about that part of your life?
How did you get started, and how involved are you?
Colin: Well, I started surfing from when I was about 13. I loved it and I knew thats what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I grew up competing,and I still compete today as a professional.
Which bands have you performed with past and present?
Colin: I've performed with many bands.. The Channels, Colin & Kelly,
The Roundabouts, The Big Sound, The LA Allstar Revue, and even some cant remember the names of.
Other than Mouth Organ, which other instruments do you play in these
millions of bands?
Colin: I've played Piano, Organ, Trumpet, & Bass in some of
How did The Big Sound come together?
Colin: The Big Sound came together over the phone. I was travelling in the southern hemisphere and I called Jake and Jim (Bass player and Drummer of The Big Sound) and we talked about starting up a band after I came home. When I came home, I helped Jake buy a bass, and that was that..
When can we expect to see a new album from The Big Sound?
Colin: We recorded over 20 songs about a year ago, but we weren't 100% happy with the way it came out, so we didn't release it. I'm hoping we're going to try again sometime this year.
Now tell us about this solo album you've been working on for so
Colin: I've been wanting to do a solo album for quite sometime now. The idea of this solo album started in Summer '06, but didn't get rolling till late Autumn. The reality of it is, it only took 3 weeks to complete because of the simplicity of the songs.
What can we expect to hear on it?
Colin: Lately, I've been writing a lot of different kinds of songs.
I've have been liking the way they've turned out, so I wanted to put it out.
There are lots of different kinds of styles on there... from Rockabilly to
Rocksteady to Folk to Funk, and back again. There is a song for everyone. It has all been done with an acoustic guitar. Chris Murray is a special guest on the CD and one of the tracks, is a song that we wrote together.
What inspired you to do it?
Colin: The Inspiration was from a friend who heard me singing "Cecilia." He demanded that I record it. So, I though to myself... why not record a bunch of 'em?
Most importantly WHEN will it be released?!
Colin: It will be released in early Feb 2007. It will be available at CD Baby, and others.
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