INTERVIEW: Colin Dieden of Little Hurt
How would you classify your music?
I would say it’s Alt.Pop/Pop Rock or in that neighborhood. Some kid on the internet called it ‘Depression Pop’ one time and I thought that was pretty funny.
Who are your top 5 musical influences?
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Louis the Child, The Smiths, Jadu Heart, Diplo
Can you tell us about the origins of your latest single ‘Alaska’?
I was just sort of having one of those days where I didn’t want to be where I was anymore. I felt like I needed to get as far away from everything and everyone I know as possible. To be honest I feel that way often. ‘Alaska’ seemed like a good destination.
You write a LOT of songs, and do many co-writes as well. Do you approach songwriting differently when you are writing for yourself, vs when you write with and for other people?
Not really. If I’m writing for myself maybe I’ll be a bit more detailed because I’m telling my own story and I really like to push myself to get as textured and raw as possible. But no matter who I’m writing for I put a very strong emphasis on being honest and evoking.
When did you know you were destined to make music as a career?
There was really nothing else that ever interested me. Growing up kids wanted to be astronauts or whatever — but I would be singing in front of my mirror with a hairbrush pretending I was a Rockstar. This has always been it for me.
What is the best concert you have ever been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Playing live is a huge payoff for all the hard work you do behind the scenes. Spending months inside the studio trying to create something that will make people feel something, and then you get to watch it all come to life. You get to watch the way it changes people. Their face, their smile, their body language. Your music is doing that! It’s special.
What do you want fans to take from your music’?
I want people to feel less alone. I want them to know that there are other people like them, having the same feelings.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year — especially given the Covid19 quarantine? Has it shaped the songs you’re currently writing?
I’m really trying to write from my heart. It helps me work through the things I need to continue working through. I’m definitely making an effort to not start writing about the quarantine or the pandemic or whatever, because I don’t think people need that right now. We’re all stuck in this thing and the last place you need to go mentally is back into the sad reality of it all. Also — I think it’s corny as hell.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
John Lennon. For obvious reasons.
What’s next for you — do you know when you will have your next release ready to go?
That’s actually something my team and I are discussing as we speak. We’ve got big plans — follow me on socials — more coming soon!
Connect & Share with Little Hurt
Smart URL: https://orcd.co/alaska
Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/littlehurtofficial/
Official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/littlehurt
Official Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHphgwRyTjae_GAG957nLcw
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlehurtofficial/
Tik Tok: @littlehurtofficial
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