Today we’d like to introduce you to Colson XL, made up of Cole Arvidson and Harrison Andrews.
Cole and Harrison, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We grew up together in a very small town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For reference, when we say “small”, we mean our entire high school consisted of 200 students and our graduating class only had 50. We’ve been friends for almost 15 years (and counting!), so we’ve always been close. During our years at our respective Universities we began producing independently of one another. It wasn’t until early 2018 that we began throwing around the idea of creating an alias together. We decided that since neither of us had any intention of pursuing a full-time career outside of music that we might as well combine our efforts under a single initiative.
When we moved to Los Angeles in late 2018, we began laying the groundwork for the Colson XL project. We released our first single, ‘Blame’, in May of 2019 and now, at the time of writing this, are approaching our year anniversary of Colson XL.
Has it been a smooth road?
One of the biggest obstacles for us has been breaking into the larger mechanisms of the music industry. That being said, this is the best time to be an independent musician. There are more avenues than ever to promote our work and connect with other artists and garner new fans. However, the network, infrastructure, and resources of larger labels and booking agencies is definitely something to be desired by any artist – but we are confident these avenues will develop and open up for us with consistency, time, and (hopefully) better music.
Also, like any other human being we have a tendency to gravitate towards what we are comfortable with and find familiar. This tendency is something we’ve found common ground on with many fellow creatives. How we’ve overcome this is by constantly seeking and taking advantage of opportunities that are new to us and push us outside of our comfort zones. We are firm believers that this intersection between routine and unknown provides positive, explosive growth when navigated properly.
The first year of this project has had its challenges, but thanks to the guidance of incredible mentors and peers the process has been extremely rewarding and the positive reception so far is more than we could’ve imagined.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
With Colson XL, we create electronic music that is both experimental and accessible. We try to take a forward-thinking approach that navigates the fine-line between underground and popular music. Danceability is an important aspect of our production and the energy our music creates. We want people to be able to listen to our music anywhere – from the beach, the gym, while on late night drives, or at the club. Ideally our listeners will hear elements they’re familiar with while also being surprised by those they aren’t.
Consistency is really important to us. Specifically, consistency in releasing new music. We are very proud to be able to say that in these first 12 months, we’ve released 17 original songs. This level of consistency is essential to Colson XL and we definitely will not be slowing down any time soon. Listeners can expect at least one new song every month.
In the process of releasing these tracks we have also had many incredible opportunities to collaborate with other producers, vocalists, visual artists, A&Rs, and label owners. This type of collaboration has been an extremely rewarding process for us and we always encourage others to reach out 🙂
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles has been a phenomenal resource to us as artists. We’ve gotten so many opportunities to link up with other musicians and industry leaders in-person (which is the best way to establish a good relationship). Without these in-person meetings, these relationships would have been completely managed online. That being said, thanks to the internet and online communities, we have a network that spans the entire globe.
But people ALWAYS come to LA, especially people in the music industry. When they do, we generally get the pleasure to meet them while they are visiting. We’ve even had the chance to host some of our fellow musicians who we now call friends. We feel that if we were in other cities, barring perhaps New York, these chance meetings would happen far less frequently. Los Angeles is certainly the hub for the music industry so needless to say being here comes with benefits (the weather is pretty nice, too).
- Website: https://spoti.fi/2XY0Gf5
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/colsonxl
- Facebook: facebook.com/colsonxl
- Twitter: twitter.com/colson_xl
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