“Imagine the process and product creation and marketing as a tunnel to the listener. Professionally packaged, backed product will triumph.”
Check out the interview with Colby Keaton exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Colby Keaton: From a young age I was inflicted with intense feelings of alienation, depression, and anxiety. I was always coping through creative expression, but never sought out relief through musical expression. My path through music began when I realized I could create the most interactive, engaging character of all – myself. I could look, sound, and act the way I truly wanted.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be yourself. Trust in your vision. Understand that people don’t really know what they want until it is presented to them. Imagine the process and product creation and marketing as a tunnel to the listener. Professionally packaged, backed product will triumph.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Focus. I am succeeding at it, but it will always be the most challenging aspect of success. I find myself wanting to disappear and rule with an iron fist at the same time, at all times. I am a walking contradiction. Consumed by my own work. Hopefully my focus lasts long enough to get what I want before I leave this place.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Original, honest, creative expression. Be connected with fans and interactive. Fake followers are weightless. I want a cult following.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from a small town. I would describe Doylestown as a feeder area to Philadelphia. We eat up whatever music or trends trickle down to us. It is disgusting. Sucking on whatever it can to survive, or be considered cool and trendy. I’ve made trips out to LA to work. I plan on moving there.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Nothing is promised. I could die tomorrow. Despite my ego.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Thom Yorke. Kurt Cobain. Steve Jobs. Salavador Dali. I find comfort in these people. I wouldn’t say I look up to these people. I am engaged by them and have respect for them. I think you have to be careful with looking up to somebody. You can lose your identity.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think art is in the eye of the beholder. People will always complain or blindly obsess over current music. Times change.
Where can we contact you and find you online?