Crossing the one million mark on Spotify for streams of an individual song is an achievement. Crossing the ten million mark before you're signed to a major label or have a proper LP is some sort of modern music miracle. But Coleman Hell
did that with his single, "2 Heads," before becoming one of the newest signees of Columbia Records. With a sound that is equal parts rootsy and electronic drum beats, Coleman Hell is working in nearly uncharted musical territory, and we had a chance to ask him a couple questions about his new sound and his inspirations. Be sure to check out the interview and the lyric video for "2 Heads" below.
I know for a lot of people hearing rootsy sounds like a banjo alongside programmed electronic beats and production can be disorienting. How did you realize you wanted to create music that fused these seemingly incompatible modes of sound?
Coleman Hell: Fusing genres has never been something I've done deliberately. I guess I just have a wide appreciation for all styles of music so when I write I don't see any boundaries.
"2 Heads" has been streamed over 10 million times on Spotify as of today. How has this massive explosion of recognition for your sound felt?
It feels validating that all these people are reacting to the song. There is so much music out there so I'm really grateful to be getting this exposure.
Can we look forward to these sorts of stark genre fusions on the rest of your future releases?
I tend to draw inspiration from a lot of different places so I think so!
Who were the acts that helped to influence your sound? I, for example, can't help but hear a note of Sting in your vocals.
I listened to a lot of different music. Some people who really inspired me were Bob Dylan, Jeff Mangum, Avey Tare, Andre 3000 and other people with strange voices and crazy lyrics. They all became successful with unconventional talent. As a kid who was self conscious about their singing/piano skills, they showed me that I didn't need to be the "best" and that I had a unique voice that was just as important as anyone else's.