This is the last of a three-part interview with rising country music star Corey Colum. You can find the first two parts of this interview here.
Corey Colum’s debut album is out now through Universal. If you’re looking for a really entertaining, well-rounded country album that you could play for all ages and even for people who don’t know (or think they don’t like) country music, give it a try. Corey has a fantastic voice and a great storytelling way about him.
Is there anyone else in your family who’s musical?
My dad sings, he’s sung for a long time now.
So that’s where it comes from?
Yeah, he does the more crooner stuff, I suppose. And old time rock ‘n’ roll and that sort of thing. And my uncle plays, he’s here now doing supports for Simply Bushed. He’s really Australian – Australiana yarn-telling sort of thing. He does poems and writes his own stuff.
So you grew up around it?
Yes. My uncle was a big influence on me, so going down to Boyup Brook and that, we used to go down there together and when we drove across here [to Tamworth] the first time, it was with my uncle. He was a big influence on me, which is good.
And so obviously your family would be supportive of you?
Oh absolutely. Mum and Dad are here and my wife Tara’s mum and dad are here. My sister’s here, her sister’s here and – yeah, so it’s full on. Got a house? [laughs]
So, they can – they can yell down any hecklers?
I don’t actually know that people heckle at Tamworth much.
Yeah, I – I’ll tell you after Saturday and Sunday! Might get a couple. But it’s good that [the show is from] five to eight, too, so people are just starting to get tipsy, hopefully not too far [laughs].
Yeah, that’s true. So, if you wanted to put a band together in Karratha, do you think – would there be many people to draw on?
I have looked into it but – there’s a few around [players] but with Karratha, people are coming in and going out all the time with the fly in, fly out. But there’s a few locals that could look into doing it for sure, yeah.
It strikes me that because of the fly in, fly out but it would be quite hard to work out who’s actually there for any period of time.
They don’t know how many locals, no, because it’s all in and out.
For a performer, though, that probably does keep it fresh, because you are getting different crowds.
For sure … It’s a good opportunity.
Even if they’re rock’n’ roll people.
Yeah! Everyone’s been really supportive and every time I play out somewhere people rock up and enjoy it and word gets around, so it’s good.
So when’s your next album out? [Laughs]
When I get those little bits of time to write [laughs].
I suppose now probably no doubt a bit of a schedule, it’s like, okay, you’ve got 18 months …
Nothing’s been said at the moment!
And do you feel you would want to write songs for that – like you would want to do it when you’ve got some songs written or would you rather think, okay, now is the time for a new one and we’ll then get the material in?
A bit of both. It’d be nice to be able to have that time to write a full album, but how long would that take? So, if it comes up where we want an album in a certain time, then we’ll see what I’ve got already – what songs [are ready] – and then go write some more. Because we did write a lot for this album too.
Did you record it in Perth?
In Sydney at Garth’s [Porter, the producer’s] studio … I came over for that and photo shoots.
How long did the recording take?
That’s pretty snappy when you think about it.
Absolutely, it was pretty quick, yeah, absolutely.
I guess you would feel pressure to —
Yeah, perform [laughs].
Get it right first take!
Because if you didn’t … Definitely, lots of pressure. But everyone was really, really good — no one was pushy, it was really good, working with Garth, and Ted Howard was engineering, and those guys were just great.
Presumably you had to take time off work for that as well?
It’s a real challenge, isn’t it? Becausethere’s not just the recording and playing commitments, there’s also a lot of marketing stuff.
Yes, that’s right.
Particularly these days that artists have to keep on top of over things, you can’t just drop into the press at the time of the release and then go out again, you’ve got social media.
Indeed. It’s good having [the record company] and for that as well, because I wouldn’t know where to start really. So, it’s good to have those guys [laughs].
A lot of people possibly don’t necessarily think about what it takes to start off a career, we only know about what happens when you’re already there.
Dead right, yeah.
So, if this works, great, and then hopefully it takes and by the time the second one’s out you’re probably full-time as a musician.
That’d be great.