A conversation with singer-songwriter Colyer

Photo courtesy of Steven Colyer
Photo courtesy of Steven Colyer

If you haven’t heard of Steven Colyer, you’re missing out.

Born in the South, raised in the Midwest, and currently based out of Los Angeles, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colyer brings out a dynamically gritty R&B groove blended with a rock ‘n roll tone. His debut single “Out For You” dropped last year and now he’s working on his upcoming EP.

How did you get started in music?

Colyer: I used to sneak into the concert band rehearsal room of my middle school after class because there was a drum set.  From just playing it a few times, I was spellbound.  I soon wanted to learn every instrument I could.

"Out For You" cover / Courtesy of Steven Colyer
“Out For You” cover / Courtesy of Steven Colyer

You released your single “Out For You” last year and it is a hit. What was the inspiration behind that song?

Colyer: That song is inspired by a girl I met after moving to LA.  Our relationship kind of came out of nowhere in the best way.  Both of us weren’t looking for any sort of commitment, but how often we wanted to see each other proved otherwise.  She’s certainly my everyday muse.

Photo courtesy of Steven Colyer
Photo courtesy of Steven Colyer

Which music artists inspire you? Do they have any influence on your music?

Colyer: I have so many influences.  A few I can think of right now are songwriters like Ryan Adams, Marc Bolan, Frank Ocean, Brian Wilson, Jesse Lacey, etc.  Anyone who can bleed a personality that sounds true. Stories always make a song last forever.

Back in June, you mentioned on your Facebook page that “an EP is coming soon.” What can you tell us about the EP?

Colyer: I can tell you it will be four to five songs.  I can tell you that they’re my favorite songs I’ve ever written.  I’m hoping for a release by the end of the year.

Are there any songs currently stuck on repeat in your head?

Colyer: Lately, it’s been “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day.

If you had to pick one music artist–dead or alive–to have a jam session with, who would you pick and why?

Colyer: I would like to do something like play bass and harmonize for Aaliyah while she’s singing “I Care For You.”  Her voice is just so angelic in that song.

Photo courtesy of Steven Colyer
Photo courtesy of Steven Colyer

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Colyer: Make what you want, when you want, how you want.

Any words you have for your fans?

Colyer: Thank you so much for all the support!  More songs are coming soon.

Check out the music video for “Out For You”!

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