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Q&A with Col3trane

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Col3trane is an R&B artist based in London.

His debut mixtape Tsarina turned heads in 2017 and his most recent extended play Heroine straddles the transatlantic divide featuring GoldLink and RAYE.

We were able to have a chat with Col3trane ahead of his solo shows and performances across Australia at Laneway Festival 2020.


Welcome back to Australia. What are you looking forward to doing while here? Koalas, coffee, local hip-hop gig?

koalas for sure. I hope I have the time to actually travel and see shit this time round. Gonna be in the studio a bit too... mainly just gassed for these shows.

You are set to play shows across Australia at Laneway Festival 2020. The lineup includes some hip-hop and R&B talent including Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D and Mahalia. Who are you most excited to see and why?

Prolly mahalia Cos I’ve been itching to see her live for a while now. I’ve been a fan of earl for a long time too... they’re all great artists ... I’ll be in the moshpit.

2019 was a strong year for British music. I really enjoyed releases from yourself, Headie One, James Blake, Little Simz, slowthai and Octavian. What British music were you feeling last year?

I really liked Daves album. And Jevon put out a really hard EP.

You were once described as “North London’s answer to Frank Ocean”. Who are your contemporary influences? You play with a modern collection of R&B, pop and rap sounds.

Dunno I’ve been listening to a lot of snoh aalegra recently though. I totally missed that. She’s amazing.

You work closely with producer Jay Mooncie. How would you describe that relationship?

He’s scooby and I’m shaggy.

When you’re playing at a festival, how do you construct your set list? Do you prefer to play high energy songs or do you work in slower deep cuts into your show?

I like to play the more energetic songs in a festival set. people come to party and let loose. imma play the songs to make that happen.

Stormzy or Wiley?


Col3trane is in Australia for St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2020 and a couple of solo shows. Deets below:

· Melbourne on Thursday, 30 January at Howler Bar

· Brisbane on Saturday, 1 February at Brisbane Showgrounds

· Sydney on Sunday, 2 February at The Domain

· Sydney on Tuesday, 4 February at Oxford Art Factory

· Adelaide on Friday, 7 February at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide

· Melbourne on Saturday, 7 February at Footscray Park

· Fremantle on Sunday, 9 February at Esplanade Reserve and West End

Click here for more information on St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2020 (including tickets) and click here for more information on the solo shows.




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