This is a flaming hot interview. This is A Chat With: Funky Colours. The new hip hop duo launched last month with their super awesome debut single, Hope. Here’s what the duo had to say to us.
How would you describe your sound?
How would we describe our sound? That’s tough. Eclectic. Very eclectic. Spoken word meets hip hop meets whatever we’re feeling at the time. We pretty much just do whatever feels right.
Who are your influences?
Well, obviously, since we’re a duo the influence will differ for both of us.
Apollo’s influences range from artists such as The Roots, Black Star, Common, Elzhi, Eyedea And Abilities, Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Black Ice, Shihan, Scarface, Shad
While Gruw’s influences are a little more scattered across all genres. Ranging from artists such as Alabama Shakes, Bahamas, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, James Blake, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Prince and Lubalin
What’s on the horizon for your music in 2019/2020?
We’re currently working on an album that we hope to have out this year. We’re still creating and putting together a track list that we will curate at a later date. We’re also in the process of planning and shooting music videos. We’re aiming to go with a simple, colourful, minimalistic approach to videos. We’re probably going to go with one-shot videos for the most part with a few more complex story boarded ideas for the tracks that resonate the most. But, that’s still in the air.
What is your creative process?
Very organic. For the most part, we pick the instrumental, write, and record everything in one single session. That usually leaves us with a draft that we touch and clean up later. The process is a little different if we’re working with a producer who is making a custom instrumental for us, however, for this project we’ve been using a lot of already produced instrumentals which makes the process a little faster.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Everything. The instrumental itself. Life. Weather. What we talked about that day. People we know. Struggles we’re facing. In every single one of our sessions you will, at one point or another, hear one of ask the other, “What are you feeling?”.
That’s the best way to explain it.
How do deal with nerves before a show?
That differs a bit for both of us.
Gruw tends to feel a little less nervous before a show but usually deals with the nerves by thinking about previous shows and previous positive experiences. Focusing on the joy of performing songs he truly loves and wants to share with others.
Apollo puts faith in his instincts and experience. Having performed and showcased many different art-forms across the city for over 10 years has allowed him to build confidence in his abilities as a performer.
So, if you’re just beginning and you’re looking for tips, the one thing we can both say is just go out there and try to have fun. It’ll get easier and easier the more you do it.
Fave venue Ottawa?
A smaller venue called Origin Arts and Community Centre located on Lyndale Avenue. It’s an intimate and comfortable environment ran by great people who love and perform art themselves. They hold all kinds of events and workshops which are all fantastic to attend. We’d highly recommend checking this place out.
Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?
For Gruw, it was during an album release party for his other band (Bars & Tone) where, for the sake of brevity, multiple people ended up having women and relationship troubles. Resulting in loud arguments, people running out with significant others chasing them, and a few drinks being thrown in a few faces.
For Apollo, it was right after a show with his other band (Poetic Elements). Upon getting offstage he was approached by a man he had never met before and was asked to follow him to the bar. The strange man proclaimed that his wife really enjoyed his set. Once Apollo actually got to the bar the man told him that his wife “really liked him” and that they should “get to know one another” and then walked away, leaving the two of them at the bar. After realizing what was happening, Apollo promptly excused himself to the bathroom and never returned. True story.
If you could tour/play a set with any lineup who would it be?
Our friends. All of them. We work with so many dope musicians that it’s very hard to get all of them in the same place at the same time. So our ideal line up would consist of:
- Naked the God
- Lonely Boy
- Joe Nativv
Advice for new musicians/bands
Work hard. Practice way more than you think you need to because it still won’t be enough. Know who you are and stay true to that and your craft. Always plan for what’s next. Make deadlines (!!!!!!!!!!) and follow through on them. And last but not least, don’t hate. Try to find something you like in anything you hear and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Any shouts you want to make?
So many. All of the homies.
- Nakiem The God
- Lonely Boy
- Joe Nativv
- Denise Audette
- Geoffrey McCaldin
- Antoine Ryan
- JB Proulx
- Simon Boisvert
- J Bird
- Melissa Trincao
- Melissa Hickey
- Our parents ( ❤ )
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