Monday, May 27, 2013

Catching Up With Romain Collin Part Two!

Part One:

Continuing my conversation with Romain Collin:

For the uninitiated you have roots in Europe yet only a handful of European artists seem to be making more than a ripple while attempting to work and record in the United States. Is there a separate but equal status that causes European players to simply toss in the towel in attempting to crack the American market and in some way are listeners partially responsible by not attempting to break free of their personal comfort zone?

R.C. - "Every musician has a different artistic path, and I can really only speak for myself here. I was very fortunate to be given incredible opportunities early on in the US. Berklee College of Music offered me a scholarship, and I was later accepted to do a Master's degree at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz- chaired by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, with Terence Blanchard serving as artistic director. Those formative years were crucial in that I was exposed to jazz in as pure a form as it gets today. I got to meet a lot of incredible musicians, offering me invaluable opportunities to grow, and perform. So it really made a lot more sense for me to stay in the US. Later on, I was fortunate to have Pat Rustici at Palmetto Records be really passionate about my music, and willing to push my work. I now live in New York, a place where one gets continuously challenged, and I inspired- both of which are crucial to my personal and artistic development.
As far as listeners not giving foreign music a chance, I like to hope that if the core of a message is strong enough, and holds something truly original, it will find an audience just about anywhere. I never felt that lack of success was to be blamed on the audience. Someone listening to me expressing myself through art is a gift, that I take as a privilege. I can only hope that what I say is strong enough for people to want to listen..."

I am excited to hear about the new record and given your background which I have briefly touched on the readers may like to know just who your influences are? Who do you listen to when you have some down time?

R.C. - "In no particular order, I have recently been listening to Bon Iver, Gerald Clayton, Chassol, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell, Kurt Rosenwikel, James Blake, Mozart, Sviatoslav Richter, Ravel, Chopin, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Radiohead, Alexandre Desplat, Cliff Martinez, Becca Stevens, Hiromi, Rachmaninov, Oscar Peterson, John Shannon, the list goes on..."

Finally...When might the new release be hitting the streets? I want a crack at the first review!

R.C. - "I am hoping to track the new album by the end of the summer, shooting for an early 2014 release. I'll make sure to send you the first copy!"

Special thanks to Romain Collin! Be sure and check out his web site:
My review of his last release The Calling:

The EPK of The Calling from You Tube...