Norwich-based rapper COLL is known to blur genre lines as he regularly showcases his energetic and motivation delivery atop eclectic beats. An innovative self-starter, COLL taught himself how to write, produce and engineer his music. COLL credits his family and their do-it-yourself ethos for this unwavering drive and determination that has earned the rapper endorsement from BBC Introducing and stage-time at Sundown and Latitude Festivals, as well as a support slot with duo Everyone You Know in his hometown. Since 2019, COLL has been releasing new music on a monthly basis to his steadily growing online following. His recent efforts during the United Kingdom’s COVID-19
lockdown have garnered him over 20,000 streams, and over 100,000 views across his social media platforms. Inspired by the likes of Outkast and Eric B. & Rakim, storytelling is at the heart of COLL’s music, which can motivate, humble and reassure. The latest offering from the EastAnglian artist is his gritty and confident freestyle
track ‘4am in Norwich’, whilst the rapper’s forthcoming release – ‘Rockstar ’– is a bouncy anthem that cooly embraces reggaeton, afrobeats and contemporary rap. The pulsing instrumental is driven by a vibe-inducing piano sample that chimes beneath COLL’s swaggered delivery as he effortlessly slings witty punchlines between erupting snares. ‘Rockstar’ is a brief, life-giving reprieve from the severity of modern times. COLL is gearing up to release his second EP, which is set to spotlight emerging talent from the United Kingdom and the United States.
With the release of ‘4 AM in Norwich’. We decided to catch up with COLL for an exclusive interview with Camden Monthly..
What inspired you to get into music?
I was inspired to get into music after listen to a lot of Hip hop/rap growing up. Acts like Outkast and Eric B and Rakim really stood out to me. UK rap artists also inspired me to start producing my own music too.
How would you describe your music?
Introvert, Story telling based, motivational and energetic.
What would you say is your recording and song writing style?
Unorthodox style, as I have taught myself to write, produce and engineer my own music over the last few years so I come with ideas in all sorts of ways which is fun.
Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
Honestly, I just want to inspire, motivate and make people have fun. Big festivals such as Glastonbury, reading and global festivals like Coachella would be fun though.
Where can music fans listen your music?
You can find my music On spotify, apple music and all other digital platforms
My youtube channel is good for all my music videos. I keep up to date on my Instagram too @collmusic_