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Interview with Graham Colton: "Pacific Coast Eyes"

Jan 6, 2012
Markos Papadatos

Suite101 interview with Graham Colton, where he talks about his career as an independent musician, and latest project "Pacific Coast Eyes Volume 2."

Suite101 spoke with the talented and versatile indie pop singer-songwriter Graham Colton about his career in music. He has shared the stage with such noteworthy artists as the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Maroon 5. His single “Best Days” was used as one of the exit songs in Season 7 of American Idol, thus introducing Graham's music to a wider audience.

Graham Talks About his Fellow Touring Acts

“All of the acts that I have toured with have been extremely gracious and have gone above and beyond for me. Dave [Matthews] introduced me to the audience every single night before I would take the stage. He didn’t have to do that, but that was pretty amazing! Every tour has been different and I’ve learned something along the way! I absorb and take something away from each time I play with an artist like that.”

Graham Talks About “Pacific Coast Eyes Volume 2”

“It definitely celebrates the idea that I am an independent artist again!” Graham says. “You play these songs live a bit differently than the actual album. As a fan of other artists, I want to hear as many different songs, versions, and acoustic live recordings as possible. Three of the songs are from Pacific Coast Eyes and we re-did them in different ways. It was a lot of fun!”

“I always hope that people get an organic undertone to my songs, even though sometimes I like to write huge three and a half minute pop songs,” he adds.

Graham Talks About the “Pacific Coast Eyes” Music Video

“I really wanted to make a video that was made for the computer screen. I wanted it to be viral and passed around. I wanted somebody to watch it and laugh. Fortunately, my uncle was the executive producer and my friends and I did the video all by ourselves. I got as many creative people involved as I could. We rented some cameras, and my friend recommended the amazing director. My wife is the leading lady in the video,” Graham says.

Graham Discusses his Hit Single “Best Days”

“‘Best Days’ was written during one of the hardest times of my life,” he acknowledges. “I was living in Los Angeles and I had written over one hundred songs and I was sending them to the record company in an effort to get the green light to go into the studio. My brother and I had a conversation about appreciating life, as well as the memories that we have, and the unknown. I felt that there was a message in there, and I showed up at my friend’s house, and we wrote the song in about ten minutes. It has definitely changed my life. It has taken me on a wild ride, and it’s been a lot of fun! I was very fortunate with some of the opportunities that the song has brought me.”

Graham Talks Future Plans

“I’ll do another spring tour and I am working on some new songs,” he says. “There will be some different projects that I am going to be working on in the future. It’s really exciting for me to have a new chapter. That will be unveiled pretty quick!”

Graham lists Patty Griffin and the great Billie Holiday as his dream duet choices.

Graham Discusses his Proudest Accomplishment

“Playing at David Letterman was a career milestone. There is something about playing on the same stage as the Beatles. It was one of those moments where you were standing on the stage and saying: ‘wow, how did I get here?’”

Graham Talks About Tennis

“I like playing tennis a lot. I have re-discovered my love at the tennis court!” he exclaims.