Singer/songwriter/strummer deluxe Colin Munroe has gone from piecing together his tenderly eclectic pop creations in his grandfather's attic to headlining shows in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Atlanta.
His first single was the 2007 stop-motion-animated YouTube hit World Of Pain, and he's now laying the groundwork for star-studded mixtape Colin Munroe Is The Unsung Hero, before releasing his debut album next year. Munroe plays the Boat (158 Augusta) Tuesday (December 2), 8 pm. $10. myspace.com/colinmunroe.
How did a small-town Ontario bedroom musician get signed to Dallas Austin's label on Motown/Universal?
When I moved to Toronto, I needed to get into a scene. I was flipping through NOW and saw an ad about a talent scout from L.A. I played him my music, he flipped, said all this big talk, but it was a scam. But he inadvertently connected me to Glenn Lewis, Carlos Morgan, Ray Robinson, and that was my in.
What inspired your remix of Flashing Lights, which was embraced by many, including Kanye?
It was a sense of me tapping into what was going on personally, feeling frustrated with Canada, and contrasting that with Kanye himself, the success he's had. I thought it was cool.
What can we expect from your debut album, Don't Think Less Of Me?
It's a snapshot in my life, about three to five years that were my sort of wandering-in-the-desert period, when I'd just left home and tried to find the connections and the way to get into the industry and explored all these things in a new city with a new life, while trying to find what to say.
What makes a good love song?
You have to find a way to say something universal in a completely personal way. It has to be honest. And if you don't feel a little bit vulnerable when writing it, it's not going to be special.