Late in 2015, I was introduced to a band called Colours through their music video for their debut single, “Monster”. It was such a good video that it was my favorite of 2015. Recently I was able to chat down with Colours‘ vocalist, Kyle Tamo, to talk about their origin, tours, future concert dates and more!
Lemonade Magazine: Tell us a little about your origins and the development of your debut album, Ivory.
Kyle Tamo: Ivory was the cumulative effort of Morgan [Alley] and myself to make detailed, attentive, and moody art. Before starting any project we spoke intensively about what music is/should be and how it should be executed. It was in these conversations that Colours started taking shape.
LM: I love your R&B melodies, who inspired those sounds?
KT: Thank you very much. I don’t think there was too much intentional behind the R&B melodies as far as emulating a genre. I think during the writing process we saw that the aggressive tones and dark moods would be paired well with a smoother, less harsh vocal.
LM: In support of Ivory, you’ve been on a couple tours this year starting with Andy Black in the summer, what was that experience like?
KT: The Andy Black tour was a wonderfully enjoyable tour. Andy and his crew we’re so kind and easygoing. On top of that was a fan base so intimately in love with music. It was nice to play and be inspired by the crowd every night.
LM: And you are finishing up another fall tour with badxchannels, how different were the two?
KT: Both headlining artists have been amazing to tour with on different levels. Craig [Owens] from badxchannels was very welcoming and personal while Andy from Andy Black was so professional and respected us despite our band’s youth. Both were very memorable tours that we really enjoyed.
LM: What were some of your favorite venues to play?
KT: Some of our favorites were The Norva in Norfolk, VA or Trees in Texas.
LM: I hear there is work being done for your next music video for “Mind Games”. How is that going?
KT: We actually just finished shooting and editing the video for “Mind Games.” Typically Morgan and I are remarkably selective in what we’re proud of, however, this video is something we are very excited about.
LM: How did it differ from shooting “Monster” video last year?
KT: We put great work in making ambitious ideas come to life. “Monster” was a hard video to shoot when it came to logistics and inexperience. “Mind Games”, while very taxing and intense, was a much smoother shoot. We learned a lot from the “Monster” music video and used those lessons in making bolder choices in “Mind Games”.
LM: There is word that you are working on performing more shows and possibly some festivals. Will there be a west coast swing in 2017?
KT: We really enjoy playing the west coast, so being there as much as possible in 2017 is really important. Thank you so much for the questions!
LM: Thank you for taking the time!
Pick up Ivory by Colours now on iTunes. And check out their new music video, “Mind Games”, that will be released this January!
In the mean time, check out my favorite music video of 2015, “Monster” by Colours.
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