Colin Dieden, former lead singer of The Mowgli’s is no stranger to change. After nearly a decade with the band, he announced his departure in 2019 to pursue a solo project. So far, this year has started off as a time of uncertainty and change for most of the world but Colin is forging ahead with Little Hurt. We recently had a chance to ask Colin a few questions about his new project and how he is handling the current Covid-19 pandemic.
How does Little Hurt differ from your past work? What can fans expect from this new EP?
I would say that this new Little Hurt project is definitely a more concentrated version of me as an artist. Like I think I have finally hit my stride in terms of songwriting. These songs feel really different and special to me. The lyrics and melodies definitely feel like the strongest work I’ve ever done.
How has the fan response been to the change?
It seems like almost everyone has come along on this journey with me! Which is so exciting to me. I’m sure there are people out there that wished I would have just kept doing what I was doing forever because it is what they’re used to — but that just wasn’t ever going to happen. I’m just not the kind of person that isn’t going to take risks.
What types of things are you doing to stay sane during this Covid-19 quarantine?
I’ve been cooking a lot, which is really my only other passion outside of music. Listening to a lot of vinyl records that I own but have never gotten around to throwing on. Writing a bit. I bought an Xbox but realized very quickly that I don’t really love playing video games. I dunno, I am just finding little things to get through each day. I should probably start reading a book honestly.
In your professional opinion, what do you think the long term impacts on the music industry will be after all of this (Corona) and what can people do to help support the music community?
I’ve heard a lot of people say that nothing will be the same again after this. That this is the new normal. I don’t think that’s true, I mean you’re already starting to see life returning to some semblance of normalcy in other parts of the world. I think this is going to pass one way or another, as everything always does and has since the beginning of time and people are going to be overjoyed to get back out there and see their favorite bands. I think the live music industry is going to bounce back with a fervor we have never seen before.
When all of this is over what are your plans for the remainder of the year? Tours? Festivals?
Hopefully, the festivals and stuff we had in place still stand! There was some stuff coming up that I was extremely excited about. Definitely ready to jump back out there as soon as that becomes an option again.
If you had to pick 3 albums to help you get through the boredom of quarantine what would they be and why?
- “Kids At Play” by Louis The Child -because it has that uplifting positive thing that hits you right in the heart. It feels very good to listen to them at a high volume. Not to mention the production is insane.
- “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa – this is her new record and it’s pretty incredible, again… production is unreal.
- “Heard It In A Past Life” by Maggie Rogers – one of those rare records where every single song is as incredible as the last. Not an easy thing to do.
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