Monday, 19 May 2014

Exclusive Interview with Rising Star Kris Collins

A shot of Kris for his EP AMYGDALA taken by Steven Duarte
If you don't know of Kris Collins now is the time to get to know. To be there from the beginning as this artist perfects his craft and evolves from YouTube video maker to a star. There is something very special about this guy, a spark of passion, a complex personality and style and some frankly amazing music. Its a pleasure to bring you this exclusive interview with Kris and to get an insight to what makes him tick.

You've been singing for years and originally came to light internationally via YouTube, What's it like looking back at those first videos? 

I don't like looking back at them (laughs). Well most of them (laughs). Because I feel like I've grown so much as a person and as an artist, and have become much more comfortable with myself. There are about 4 or 5 I look back at from time to time to get a sense of nostalgia. Jamming with the life long friends I made at Berklee (College of Music). I do miss those days was a lot of fun.

So you released your first EP Amygdala, what was your inspiration for the project?

Emotions, fears, sex, pain...the AMYGDALA is the part of the brain that controls your fears, emotions, and sexuality. These are things I was experiencing during the writing process for the EP. It's a pretty dark project...

What response did you get from your fans and the music community? 

It's been received well. Everybody seems to have at least 2 songs they fuck with. I don't think anyone knew what to expect from me. I think people are starting to take me seriously now.

You seem to really have developed your own style, has it been a struggle trying to develop your music and what do you think of the current music scene?

Um well you know everyone has an opinion of what they think you should do and who they think you should be. It was a struggle trusting myself initially. I think I'm getting the hang of it...

Kris and Marsha Ambrosius
You recently opened for Marsha Ambrosius at the Troubadour which is amazing, how was that experience and did you get to share some tips with her?

That experience was beyond inspirational. The energy just took over. One of the best shows I've had. And yes me and her chatted about some things (laughs)...

We hear you are already planning your second EP can you give us a heads up of its direction?

I'm becoming more inspired by Prince when it comes to creating

Amygdala was funded by your fans using the power of the Internet and social media, do you think this is the future for aspiring artists?

I think it's definitely a great platform to get your supporters involved. I think you develop closer relationships with them. Is it the future? Maybe...I don't know, but I'm very grateful
and happy to have the support I do have. I wouldn't have got the project out when I did if it wasn't for them. So thank you. I love you all.

Do you have any plans to visit the UK as we think your music would be very well received!? 

(Laughs) Yes I'm actually planning a trip now. The UK is the market I really want to see myself excel in.

What else can we expect from you in the next year? 

Expect evolution...expect blossoming...expect new layers...expect new levels...

Thank You Kris for taking the time to speak to us and we look forward to seeing your career flourish!

You can purchase a copy of Kris Collins debut EP AMYGDALA on Itunes or Amazon and follow him on Instagram and twitter at @Kriswak.

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