Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
I have been in Kansas City since the beginning of 2020, and before that, I lived in Wichita, Kansas for about 8 or 9 years, where I spent a good deal of my post college years playing music. Originally though, I am from Salina, Kansas.
Who has been your greatest influence?
Musically, I'd say Bob Dylan and Jack White continue to have a tremendous effect on not only my lyricism, but my approach to recording and performing. A few others include Brian Wilson, Brittany Howard, and Radiohead. Personally and professionally though, there are several of my peers I've met over the years who have offered some guidance to me at points where I've struggled with my music career the most. They have also had an important place in developing who I am now.
What is your latest and greatest?
I just put out my debut EP, Internal Combustion, back in July! It's just good old fashioned rock n' roll, with some tinges of funk, psychedelia, and R&B. That is a great place to start getting familiar with my music. My personal favorite track is "Rubber Band Girl."
Are you performing LIVE soon?
I've actually been somewhat back in the swing of performing live again, ever since the release of my EP. Still taking it slow and taking each gig as they come, assessing the current COVID situation. I'm optimistically booking more shows on a regional level for next year, but nowadays, you have to be ready to change course at any given moment.
What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
I'm very excited to see where my solo career takes me! I've really only just started out as a solo artist, and I'm looking to start traveling outside of my area more. I've only performed in 2 states, so I definitely want to branch out and start getting myself out there on a bigger level. It'd be pretty cool to hop on some festivals too.
How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through?
It honestly ended up being a wake up call for me. I moved to Kansas City because I wanted to be a part of a bigger market and take the next step in my career. The pandemic really forced me to sit down and look at how I was conducting myself on the professional level. I was not doing all the things that I needed to to get my name out beyond just the other people in my local music scene. So, I took an artist entrepreneurship class, learned more about the business, sat down and planned out how I wanted to promote and release my EP. While I'm definitely still learning how to market myself, I feel like I've taken big leaps on that front in the last year, and I'm looking forward to learning more as I grow as an artist.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
I would tell him that patience is the most powerful tool that you can have as a musician. Some people do blow up overnight, but there are FAR more who work at this career for years before they get any kind of recognition. Also, that recognition is not everything. You have to really love music and the connections it makes between people, or none of it is worth anything.
On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you?
Oh man, what a question! I'd say I'm a 7 or 8. I push myself to be dedicated to everything I do in my music career, but I definitely enjoy sitting back and enjoying the fruits of my labor when I can. I'm not trying to be stressed to the point of having a mental breakdown.
When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
Another tough question. Musically, I use a lot of different methods to spur creativity out of myself when I'm not feeling it. I've done 12-hour songwriting sessions where I try to write 20 songs in that time frame, I've used Burroughs' cut-up technique for writing some of my lyrics, I've written knock off versions of some of my favorite songs, all sorts of weird stuff just to get something out of me. A lot of people think songwriting is this mystical act that requires some spiritual sync with a higher power or something like that. While I do think there are moments of true inspiration that people get sometimes, I also believe that songwriting, like any other musical skill, is something that we can improve with regular practice and dedication.
How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
Luck, of course, plays a significant role, especially when we're talking about superstars that are international sensations. But, personally, I believe that longevity and consistency are by far more powerful influences. Careers in music are often tumultuous, especially so for bands or projects with more than one person at the helm. If you keep performing and promoting regularly, and consistently put out solid material, that shows you're still putting in the effort, and that's a real recipe for success.
How can we stay up to date with you?
The best way you can keep in touch is directly through my email list on my website, coltoncoxrocknsoul.com. That is where I most directly communicate with fans. And of course, you can follow me on social media!
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