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Show Review

Earlier this week we premiered a vibrant, new acoustic session video with Southern Californian, indie pop band, The Colourist. In addition we also had the chance to have an extended conversation with Adam Castilla and Maya Tuttle; the optimistic duo leading The Colourist into a very bright future.


- It's mind-blowing because we, we meet people in every city we go to that, you know, no lyrics, the songs or our music has touched them in some way.
You know, we're still opening in such but it's really cool to see the effect reaching beyond our own city.
And, I think this is what we dreamed of when we started the band and, you know, like our bedrooms and practicing in like an old warehouse where we started.
- Our first EP called Lido.
- Lido.
- Lido.
I'm, like, so unsure how he's pronounced it.
It's called Lido.
It's based off the place that we actually wrote most of these songs.
That the building really had a strange vibe to it.
I mean, we shared the build-- our floor with a 80s hair metal band of one.
He had like the double satanic kick drums and everything in our space.
And, I think we were highly influenced with our music with that.
But, yeah. It was a... It had not been decorated at all since the 70s, so everything was still exactly the same.
- No windows, like, yeah, you're stuck in a time warp when you're in there.
When you're in that building, it's easy to be really focused 'cause there's nothing in there.
But, actually a cool thing that we'd often take advantage of is when you go up to the roof, you got a good view of just the bay and it's absolutely beautiful.
And we would often go up there just to take breaks in between writing and rehearsing.
We've just started touring this year and we've been lucky enough to share the stage with, like, Metric, and, you know, Atlas Genius, Fits and now, we're running toward The Naked and Famous and it has absolutely been that, where we can sort of garner advice from these people that had been doing it for longer that we're also fans of.
So, yeah.
I mean, we had a moment, where Emily Haines like gave us some advice after a show.
And, The Naked and Famous are absolutely amazing and they've just been there for us when we have questions or when we just wanted to hang out.
It's totally been that, yeah.
- Every tour has been like new advice and learning the hard way sometimes.
But, you know, it's saying yes.
- Saying yes, yeah.
- You know,... and never feel defeated.
Like, always, if we had to wake up four in the morning, then be somewhere, then do it, then, you know.
- Just work hard and make every second worth it.
So, we've been trying to do that.
You'll never think but it's really long hours as a touring musician, we're lucky to have a great crew working with us.
But man, you get up, you start driving.
And, sometimes, you don't even get to stop really in the city you're playing in.
You just get to sort of meet the people that come to the show.
But, yeah.
It's pretty exhausting but it's a labor of love absolutely for all of us.
- And the mass of headaches in the morning from the late nights.
So, it's kind of a combination of the both.
- I think each song has got its own chemistry.
I mean, it's pretty upbeat.
A lot of the times, the lyrics say otherwise.
You know, and that's, that's kinda fun.
I think-- - We jokingly refer to our music as like majestic jungle rock or something like that.
But it is something that is hard to describe for us.
I mean, we get like the California sound sort of thing.
But what Adam is talking about is absolutely correct.
I think we have this push and pull between really upbeat, you know, music.
But then, sometimes talking about a subject matter that might be a little more dark and you don't realize what you're singing along too or something like that, so... - The acoustic setup has been pretty new to us and we've been adapting.
We're still used to the live show being big and intricate.
And now, we've come in as far as learning and transferring the songs over from a really loud atmosphere to a quieter one.
There's been a lot of fun actually.
We've been doing it on the road and it's been turning out pretty cool.
- It's totally a new thing for us.
I mean, like 'cause on stage, you know, the guys are switching instruments and I have like 14 drums around me and I'm trying all the stuff.
But, it's very cool to reinvent the songs for a small space like this, like we love these intimate settings.
It's really cool.
- We started with "Little Games" and that was the, our first single we are releasing and are then released.
- Yeah.
- And, the song is about problematic relationships and it could a be friendship or anything.
But, it's just about little games and just not putting with it anymore.
- Being strong along and finally saying, or maybe not even saying you're done but just the cycle of highs and lows in any sort of friendship or relationship.
That's not a good thing but you're stuck there.
So, that's what "Little Games" is about.
1, 2, 3, 4.
- Yeah, Yes Yes is a pretty funny song.
I mean, I see people singing it live.
And, it's really just about people influencing one person to not be with someone.
And, I guess it's like, kind of like, a two-way, obviously, relationship, where someone is saying like you've been down, down for days and days but searching for another one to fix the thing.
So, it's about swoopers.
I guess that's kind of a weird word to say, but... and now we say like, "Oh, the song is about like really bad things, like..." It just so happens we play not the nicest songs today.
So, Stray Away is... you wanna say it? - Yeah.
I mean, Stray Away is sort of like about... I mean, the title line I think speaks for itself.
You know, I don't wanna fall in love.
You see someone and you're finally thinking, "Oh, this might be the one.
But you know, I don't wanna be hurt again or have all these things that happen to me that might have happen in the past.
" And, it's sorta 'bout, by the end of the song, you've let go and you're like, "Okay, I can be vulnerable again.
I can try this again.
" But, it's sort of running through that thought process.
The fear that goes into giving your heart to someone, I guess.
- I think we're probably most proud about how organic it's coming.
And, it's moving and it's not happening straight overnight, which we're pretty excited for.
I think that we're reaching out to a lot of people and like going on all these tours, where it's reaching out even more.
- Yeah.
I mean, Coachella was like a bucket list dream for all of us and the Nokia commercial is amazing.
But, I think for all of us, the most satisfying part is when we're on tour and when we get to meet people after the show and just see that real connection that we've made with someone that we've never met.
I think that's the coolest part.
Yeah, it's definitely surreal.
It is a trip for you to see that.
And, sometimes it comes with another flavor like a gift somebody wants to give you.
And, it's like, "Wow.
" You don't know.
I'm just a normal person.
- I mean, for us, personally, I think we wanna see more, like we wanna go out in a tour a lot.
- We would love to go around the world in the same way that we've done in the U.
I mean, I think that'd be incredible.
But other than that, I mean, we're just continuing to write great music, where we're getting ready for a full-length at some point next year.
So, yeah.
I think we're just gonna keep going as Adam says.
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Artist Bio

The Colourist first stumbled upon one another in an underused warehouse in Orange County, CA, where Adam and Maya discovered the harmonic chemistry that has come to define the bands bright and anthemic signature sound.



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