Q&A WITH CHICAGO ROCK PROJECT - COLOR OUT



Color Out is a rock solo project from singer/songwriter Dave Hedrick hailing from Chicago, IL. It all began in 2015 when Color Out released it's first 6 song EP featuring the singles "Anything But Everything" and "Mercurial" which features AJ Perdomo, the lead singer of The Dangerous Summer. Both tracks received heavy airplay around the world and contributed to over 1.5 million streams. Color Out released the follow up EP Forget Yesterday in 2017. This EP featured the singles "Kay", "Mistaken" & "Falling Star". Color Out's music is high energy rock with catchy melodies and relatable lyrics. Color Out is also not afraid to show the softer side with songs such as "Winter Chill" & "By your Side". Color Out's success is centered around the ability to reach the masses with multi-genre appeal.


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM


The Perspectives EP will be available everywhere on 3/13/20. This will be the 4th EP for Color Out and will feature a total of 6 songs. Although this EP has more of a Pop/Punk sound, I think there are a couple of songs like “High Hopes” and “With You” that showcase a completely different side. This has always been important to me as a songwriter. I try to incorporate a lot of different styles in my music and I think that comes across on this EP.


HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT THE SONGWRITING PROCESS?


Songwriting for me almost always starts with a guitar riff. I typically am just playing around and stumble upon a cool idea. I’ll record that and then work on a vocal melody over it. It’s usually at that point I know if this idea is worth pursuing or not. From there I piece together each part and start adding layers with additional instruments. The last piece is finalizing the lyrics and that is typically the most challenging part. Sometimes writing lyrics is effortless and they come pouring out. Other times, I spend weeks on one line of a song. For me, the song has to mean something and has to evoke some real emotion. It’s easy to get lazy with lyrics so I am constantly fighting that battle.


WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM?


Life! Over the past year I’ve experienced a lot of changes, one is having twin boys back in January 2019. I think any time you have such a life-changing event, that changes your perspective (Get it?). Although I didn’t set out to write a more upbeat album, it seems that is what came out during the songwriting process. There are two songs on this EP that are really different for me lyrically and those are “Perspectives” & “With You”. “Perspectives” is one of those songs that I think everyone can relate to. It’s a song about being out on the town and not wanting the night to end. We all get so caught up in everyday life, it’s important to stop and live in the moment and that’s what this song is about. “With You” is probably the most personal song I have ever written, and it was the first song I wrote after my kids were born. I honestly never intended on releasing this song, but I am happy I did and think it will be well received.


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE TRACK?


Such a tough question. I think “Drifter”, although “Perspectives” is a close second. I love the intro on “Drifter” and the overall energy on the track. Additionally, I really like how the chorus came out lyrically and melodically.