Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Kolin, I was born in central Texas and raised in a beautiful little town right outside Houston. As a young pre-teen to teen I lived in England for a bit before moving back. Over there I learned quite a bit about myself and picked up guitar.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My name is Kolin Isaiah on stage. Kolin is my first name and Isaiah is a special name to me. I first started performing by playing rhythm guitar in a blues band in high school and performing/competing in poetry in the local high school scene. When I first realized how powerful words can be, I knew I wanted to use them to build a platform for myself as an artist and use my strengths to generate enough money and influence to give back to the city. My ultimate goal is to build a label of all types art located in Houston and sign a bunch of high school and college kids. We have way too many younglings like me and my colleagues that have talent and passion but lack resources and support. I feel like Houston could be a capital equal to the likes of Chicago or Atlanta for music and stuff. I’ve been mainly laying low and making so many beats, solo tracks, collab tracks etc. just to meet artists around Houston. I may not be a big name yet but I’m certainly well-known on my side for amateur artists. I’m trying right now to continue that trend and put my people in the right place, but first I have to build my outside support so the connections come easier.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre is just whatever music gets stuck in my head. At any given moment I have at least 3 songs cycling through my head. The songs I create are just products of inspiration from these songs, or responses to these songs. I grew up on a lot of Reggae, Motown, big band Crooner, Jazz, and classic rock, punctuated with Disney movie soundtracks in my free time. To be honest I probably listened to more Disney soundtracks as a kid than I did anything else. As I got older I started realizing my favorite genres was the genre that had elements of all these genres: hip hop. Hip hop is the only type of music that has influences, elements, and even direct samples from every other genre of music. It draws heavily from each genre out there and doesn’t discriminate, which is a huge draw for me.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Honestly there’s a lot to me I’m still figuring out. I don’t think I’ll ever know enough about myself as an artist to give you a straight answer without saying the typical stuff that’s already been said a thousand times over by other artists. And that’s not a knock or me trying to sound unique, I just feel the best way for me to communicate who I am as an artist is sonically. And even then I can never fully convey who I am to you, myself, or anyone really. The biggest ups and downs for me in my career have been very key points so far. My biggest challenges are usually when I’m in a period of stagnation that has to do with forces that are out of my hand. When I don’t have 100% control of the situation I’m stuck in, that’s when it’s easy for me to get discouraged. But I learned to never let discouraging moments or periods stop me. Like Lil Wayne said “they can’t stop me, even if they stopped me”. I try to approach these moments like that now, and seek ways around roadblocks. Sometimes I’ll even hop onto something new just because it’s moving while everything else is stopped. My biggest up has definitely been my trip to Chicago. After competing in a lot of hip-hop competitions on reddit, I met a producer/engineer/artist from Chicago who said he’d mix my project for cheap. I started bugging him after we worked together once and he wasn’t afraid to tell me my shit sucked haha. But he then would explain how to improve, something no one else is really willing to do. Later on we became friends and I flew up there to make a project along with two of my best friends. I learned a lot about the industry, met some really interesting and successful industry insiders, as well as learned a lot about myself.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Man I have so many people behind me supporting me it’s crazy. I’ve got a team I’ve put together of rappers, producers, singers, photographers, media managers, stylists, and other artistic roles that play a part in every inlet and outlet of the industry. My closest and most important member to me and everyone else in the collective is Jett. I joke around and say we are a two man band, but there’s a lot of truth to that. He handles the money we earn from our multiple outlets, allots funds, promotes the shit out of everything we do, hosts a radio mix on an internet radio station that sometimes features other members work, connects with other artists for us on social media, submits our music to blogs etc. Jett is all of our “second man” behind the scenes in all of our independent ventures. Without Jett we probably would just be buddies who all just make bedroom hip hop haha.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Like I said before my major goal is to just put Houston on the map. The only real mainstream artist that reps Houston is Travis. Beyoncé sure, but she doesn’t really rep Houston like Travis, and that’s cool. Respect to her but she’s started a family and settled down. Travis is the only real mainstream artist from here out there, and I feel like we have so many more talented people down here that deserve spots at the top. I hope to build something big from Houston, and thereby make Houston a Mecca for more than music but all art. I guess I’ve been in the industry since I was 15? I don’t know. That’s kind of a weird question to ask directly hahaha.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

My biggest inspiration is honestly my mom. She’s a huge positive and supportive influence in my life and I owe so much of who I am as a person and artist to her. She put me on a lot of good music all through my life. If I make a song I try to make it where my mom would enjoy it. Sometimes it’s not always the case but she’d never admit it haha.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

You’re asking the wrong person to be honest. Money? I mean popular artists buy hits all the time. The people that make hits like Kanye or Jay z or Pearl Jam or Coldplay don’t have a formula they just do what they do best: create something they love and have fun doing it.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Thanks for supporting, you all probably know each other, drink water, love yourself, love your momma, and show me to your friends.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I first got recognition performing a poem for a benefit at the Houston food bank. A local radio station interviewed me afterwards because they were impressed by what I had to say, and thought I stood out from all the other acts. I kinda messed up the interview though because I was so shy and I forgot to get their information. I’d love to find it eventually haha. Also some recognition that felt good was a major role model of mine heard my first track I published when my buddy in Chicago happened to be mixing it in the studio room over from his and said it “was dope” THANKS SUPA BWE!!!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

WAVE radio man shouts out. UH radio too shouts out! Of course shouts out to Broadtube Music! Also Blended Minds so much love!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I write my lyrics by just writing words and drawing pictures I see or hear in my head. I’ll have an instrumental playing and I’ll first find a feel of the track. Then I try to put words down associated with the sound and pictures to the overall vibe. Then I write lyrics and ideas until I can’t anymore, and until I can compile it all into a cohesive verse or chorus or all.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Number one is Frank Ocean because his music is so inspirational. I like to think if I ever saw him I would just give him a hug and not say a word. Number 2 is probably Kanye West just because of the influence he has on my passion for music. There are not many artists out there with the passion and love for the music like Kanye. 3 is Jim Morrison just because he’s from my favorite band. He decided one day to just become a star and he did. His exploration into his own self and the art is so interesting when you read his biography. He just wanted to be a poet or to move mountains with his word, but was just worshipped because of his sex appeal and hit songs and it drove him mad. 4 is Bob Marley because of his positivity and love for his fellow man. I could write a book on the guy honestly, I just love him and his character so much. Last is probably a tie between Eddie Vedder or Lou Reed. I love Reed and his music with the Velvet underground for how hard they tried to stand out and be different while all the while remaining true to themselves, and Eddie is just another role model in terms of his positivity and how cool he made it seem to be so passionate. I could go on and on about each artist so I think I should stop there.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve collaborated with a lot of local acts, bigger and smaller than me. Some of my favorite collaborations however are the ones where I finish the track and just feel proud to be a part. I felt that way while working with my boys Frank Samuel and Lil Kwony up in Chicago. I feel the same about my collabs with all my boys in the collective.

I hope to one day do a track with Lil Wayne, Kanye, Eddie Vedder, Brandon Boyd, or, if God is real, Frank Ocean.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

The Art Collective Website : https://theartcollectivehou.tumblr.com

My Personal Twitter & Instagram : https://twitter.com/KolinIsaiah_ & https://www.instagram.com/kolin.isaiah/

SoundCloud : https://soundcloud.com/kolinisaiah

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes & Apple Music : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sour-apple-candy-single/id1252503497

Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/album/6cQ5IuqUm1U7ZtyVdBb0m9

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073CDYN71/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_KOPuzb68445MN

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day hasn’t happened yet. It’ll be the day where I can live off of my music and not work or go to school.

My saddest day is when I ran away from my foster home at a dark time in my life, switched schools without telling anyone, got a new phone and started over.

But I’ll tell you all about that in later projects and music to come.


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