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Colonel Red

October 30, 2012 A - B - C, Existing Artist Tips No Comments

  • Hello to all, my name is Nicholas s Romillie, known to many as CoLoNeLReD or simply Redz.
    I’m a music maker and have been making music since my early teenage years. My first major experience was signing to Atlantic records and traveling to America to record my first ever album ‘Changes’ an incredible time, which involved working with some amazing artists/musicians combined with heavy weight people in the industry at that time.

    This period came to a close, and it was back to the UK for more adventures, this time with British artists on the UK soul funk scene, only now, I was more established and with more experience and felt the need to reinvented myself , and this decision lead to the birth of CoLoNeLReD. A whole new idea in which I would channel my new found creative strength.

    My musical background and influence is a combination of soul/funk/old traditional reggae, jazz and dance music of all genres. My inspiration is life, my life and the lives of others close and far, and this is the essence that has kept me fresh and creative during some of the most wonderful and challenging times, both in and outside of my career.

    I have performed with, in studio and live on stage, many great fellow performers and my recording toll to date is roughly, 4 solo albums / 3 co produced albums / guest appearances on over 120 albums and around 90 single-EP release’s during the last decade, as CoLoNeLReD.

    Fast Forward to now, I have in 2012 just relocated in Montreal Quebec where I have just finished my new album titled ‘The Me’ set for release in 2013 on R&S/Apollo records who I signed an exclusive record deal with earlier this year and now we are just getting set for a world tour to promote the album in 2013.

  • www.colonelred.com

  • 1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.

      1. Stay true to yourself and your reasons for doing what you do.
      2. Learn as much about the viral aspect of this industry as humanly possible, self marketing, online & offline promotion, all encompassing production.
      3. Concentrate on becoming as independent as you want and need to, but don’t be afraid to take a risk.

    2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?

    My toughest experience in music has to be when I worked with a production team that was so tightly committed and so focused that it was extremely difficult to leave because our friendship got in the way.

    3. How did you get through or deal with it?

    I got through it by a complete change in my value of what music meant and means to me, a difficult transition, but ‘necessary’ if I was to more than survive. Its funny really, because the same music and people that had brought such tough experiences, was the very same music and people that helped me through it!! { a chicken in the egg so to speak;} because with this experience came great pain, but without this experience, I would not be the artist I am today.

    4. What did you learn?

    This experience taught me to never EVER be a part of something you can not give 100% to! Be absolutely true to yourself before committing to others, this industry can be fickle and attracts many insecurities. The only possible chance to avoid this is to be clear right from the door, regarding who you are and what you want. If you can not be absolutely clear about this, then you don’t need to be getting into it.


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