We had the chance to chat with Colin Kutchyera and learn more about his music career and his debut album ‘Notionside‘ to be released on March 2nd! Read on below to learn more about this Canadian singer/songwriter.
Who are your biggest influences in the music industry?
It’s probably a cop-out, and I hate to feed his ego, but having such a close friend and collaborator like La+ch being immersed in the industry puts him at the top of the list. I think that a lot of musicians are shaped by the music scene that they came from. We had (and still do) a very tight knit music scene in Thunder Bay. I feel like the connections that I formed playing hundreds of shows both locally and nationally ten years ago are still more influential to me today than anything I would hear on the radio or elsewhere. I don’t get much of a chance to listen to a ton of music currently. My job is about an 8 minute drive from my house, so whatever happens to be playing on the radio during that time is what I hear.
Which artists/bands did you grow up listening to?
Like most musicians, it usually starts with your parents. Mine never played any instruments, but always bought and listened to a ton of it. Their vast collection of records, tapes and CD’s, which frequently featured Fleetwood Mac, Marc Cohn, Electric Light Orchestra, Fine Young Cannibals, Eurythmics, Madonna (among countless others); helped me grow up with an immense appreciation of pop melodies. I always loved to sing, but once I started to play guitar in my teens I was into a lot of post-punk style bands. .Moneen., Selfmademan, Mae, and Receiving End of Sirens were my among the staples a kid learning how to play guitar and write music.
Ideally, what kind of message would you like to deliver to your fans through your music?
It might not always come across immediately, but I explored the theme of placing value a lot in the album. Where do we place value in our relationships, finances, quality of life, and interactions, for example. Though I often tend to use sarcasm or satire a lot to get a point across, I don’t really intend to condemn anyone or even necessarily provide answers. I definitely don’t always correctly prioritize value in my life myself, but realize the importance of being aware.
In your debut single, “Collectable” you mentioned how you lead listeners down a path of collecting those they love the most. Who stood out to you the most in your collection of love?
First, thank you for the opportunity to earn brownie points, and second, my wife of 8+ years. The song isn’t so much about collecting multiple persons, as it is about the memories that we collect with our loved ones. If we expect that all of the memories we’re going to get from our relationships are Instagram ready smiles, then the second that something bad happens and we add it to our memories, it tarnishes the whole collection. I try to suggest that we get more out of our relationships when we take them off the shelf and enjoy them, rather than try to keep them pristine and the mantle.
Which artist would you like to collaborate with one day in your music career?
Not to sound arrogant, but I don’t really care. I would love it if my music picked up and became successful enough to have that option, but for now, I really enjoy the friendship and camaraderie that making music facilitates in my life. On top of collaborating with La+ch, I’ve spent more time with friends on this album (mastering, artwork, video) than I have in all other aspects of my life combined. There are so many amazingly talented people out there who I could learn a lot from if I were to collaborate with them, but if they’re not good people or we just don’t actually care to be in each other’s prescence, then why bother? I prefer to make connections first and then decide on who to collaborate with.
What are your future plans for 2018?
Musically, I’d love to get another video done and find a time to record a few more tracks. Personally, I know I need to prioritize my family, including my son’s health, my master’s program, and my job. It’s a balance that I haven’t quite figured out yet, but it’s all part of the process.