Indie Pop/Rock artist, Gary Collocott, is back with his brand new upbeat single, Hey, available now. Gary called upon producer Zak Muller and drummer and syntheiser James Palmner to help him produce this offering.
Question: How would you describe your music?
Gary Collocott: I would say I don't have one set genre. My songs reflect the experiences I am having and the emotions I am feeling at the time. Observing other peoples emotions and experiences can also influence my writing. Each song has its own story and mood and I try making it feel relatable to other people.
Question: What inspired the song, Hey?
Gary Collocott: Hey was written at a time where I had come to the realisation that there is actually nothing scary about walking up to a stranger and just starting a conversation with a simple Hey. I realised that amazing things can happen from a small boost of confidence. I channelled these feelings into 'Hey' to try and create that exciting feeling you get when you meet someone you really like for the first time.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Gary Collocott: Hey is by far my favourite song to perform live. I love the energy it has and I love seeing people's reactions when I play it. My song Hey has changed some of the ways I go about life and I feel that feeling when I'm on stage. It just feels the most natural.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
Gary Collocott: My biggest dream would be to see my close friends and family in the front row of a big show.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Gary Collocott: I prefer performing live and projecting the emotion from the song onto the stage. Being in the moment and playing the song how it is holds more meaning to me and the response I get from people watching makes it all worth it.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Gary Collocott: It really depends on how I am feeling at the time and what is going on in my life. There are times where I can sit for hours and not write anything and there are other times where a song literally just appears in my head. Funny enough this normally happens when I'm on the toilet or in the shower.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Gary Collocott: Currently I am hooked on Catfish and the Bottlemen, Gang of Youths and Vance Joy.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Gary Collocott: Two major inspirations for my music career would be my grandfather Duncan Collocott and my father Peter Collocott. Both of them were great musicians and really got the ball rolling for me. I wanted to be able to play guitar and sing just like them.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Gary Collocott: For sure at the moment I think collaborating with someone like Ed Sheeran would be amazing. I think he is a musical genius and we could whip up some spicy tunes together.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Gary Collocott: I'd say the biggest challenge has been trying to get myself heard and gain exposure. There are so many other talented musicians in the world all after the same goal and you really have to shine through to be noticed.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Gary Collocott: A typical day for me would be going to university, catching up with friends and playing some music.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Gary Collocott: I am passionate about writing music and being able to share that with people and getting positive feedback from them. Also seeing that some people can relate to similar experiences is such an amazing feeling.
Question: Can you share your socials?
Gary Collocott: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garycollocottmusic/
Interview by Brooke Hunter