CAN GURU – SINGER AND A PRODUCER
Born in Ottignies, Belgium, Can Guru (a.k.a Colin Crichton) was brought up in a classical music environment. With music running through his veins, it was always a huge part of his life, from as young as he can remember. In the late nineties, he moved to Manchester to study Sound Engineering at Salford University and since then has been involved with many bands as a performer, sound engineer, and blossoming music producer. His love for electronic music was nurtured in the rich and eclectic Manchester party music scene.
Witnessing live bands such as The Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twins, and 808 State, to name but a few, played a role in shaping his own sound, encouraging him to experiment with samples and create his own electronic songs. Throughout his development, Crichton drew on many influences ranging from alt hip-hop to electro-pop, indie dance, electronica, and trip-hop. His production style stems from bands such as Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, and Hot Chip.
Here is Can Guru in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
My musical journey started at a young age. Music had often been around me when I grew up as my mother was a piano teacher and she taught piano from home. I must have been about 8 years old when I first started studying the clarinet classically. I was playing in youth orchestras and big bands throughout my early teens.
2) Tell us more about your experience of being bought up in a musical environment.
Well, as I mentioned in the previous question, classical music was around me from a very early age. My parents listened to a lot of classical music and a bit of jazz on vinyls. My mother would often take me to her choir rehearsals and also quite often to watch live classical concerts. All this musical language got ingrained in me from an early stage I guess. I feel lucky about it today. I think all this really helped me to become who I am as an artist.
3) Which has been your first track?
Wow! That is a good question! It is a difficult one to answer…let me think…I have written so many songs over the years! I think the first one was called “Beyond the Catacombs.” I wrote the lyrics for this one back in Belgium in my mid-teens when I was the singer in a thrash-metal band called Oddness.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
I have been inspired by many artists over the years. Throughout my development, I have always been eager to discover new music/artists along the way. But, in a nutshell, if I had to name a few off the top of my head, it would be Damon Albarn, The Chemical Brothers, David Bowie, and Massive Attack.
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
It’s hard to say, but music and arts are my life and they will always be part of who I am, my DNA, my way of expressing myself. So, you will always hear from me one way or another about new projects. In 5 years time, I am hoping to have released 4 original albums and I will be performing across the world.
6) How would you describe your music?
A big mashup mix of Alt-Electro-Pop, Alt-Hip-Hop, Alternative Dance & Trip-Hop.
7) Which has been your most memorable project or song.
This latest single ”Winner Today’ has been pretty memorable in its own way. I am happy with the outcome of it, but to be honest, it is only a start. I’ve got loads more awesome new songs coming up! Can’t wait to share them with you.
8) What advice would you give to the aspiring musicians and sound engineers?
Keep working diligently towards your ultimate goal (no pain, no gain). Aim for the stars and you will land among them (one way or another).
9) Share some of your achievements with the magazine.
I think I’m pretty proud of having developed into a 100% self-sustainable artist if such a term exists. I mean, that over the years, I have learned to take on most duties myself, from the writing of my own music and lyrics to recording, mixing, and Producing them as well as creating my own artwork and videos. I mean, ideally, I would love to just take on the role of the artist only and work with other people, but obviously, all the other aspects of Production and design cost money and I can’t afford to employ someone else to do it for me, so I do it all myself. To be honest, it can be really hard work and taxing mentally I have to admit as I have to become my own critic and that’s not easy. On top of that, I spend a lot of time alone working in the studio.
10) How was life in quarantine?
It has not been so different than before, as I usually spend a lot of my time working in the studio. I guess I got quite creative during that time, but I am not sure if I would get less creative under a non-quarantine situation.
INSTAGRAM: @colin Crichton
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