A Chat with Colin Clyne (25.11.20)

Upbeat, energetic, passionate and beguiling – this is only one way to describe the talented Scottish folk artist Colin Clyne. We had a chance to speak with the man himself about his latest single ‘You Can’t Wish A Good Guy Away’, spending time with Sylvester Stallone and favourite days of the week.

OSR: What can you tell us about your single ‘You Can’t Wish A Good Guy Away’?

Clyne: It’s a self-explanatory song of scorn, defiance, irreverence and revenge. Dylan-esque in nature, a real fighting fire with fire open letter to the detractors, if you will. There’s a lot of anger and resentment in this song.

OSR: Do you have a specific creative process?

Clyne: Not a set one as such, but I have written and created in many different ways. I tend to run the chord progression melody then lyrics method at the minute, but I have chords/melody waiting on lyrics and vice versa.

OSR: What is your greatest achievement to date?

Clyne: Musically, I’d have to say the albums I released. With these recent singles, I’ve realised how much goes into it, so I can’t imagine where I had the time, energy and focus to put into a full album at any point. Life-wise, being a dad to my two girls is a real blessing.



OSR: If you weren’t a musician what would you do as a career?

Clyne: A boxing journalist.

OSR: Do you believe coming from Scotland plays any role in your music and how it is received?

Clyne: Always.

OSR: What is your favourite review to date?

Clyne: Somebody recently told me that my newest single ‘You Can’t Wish A Good Guy Away’ could easily be on a Best of Dylan album. I’m not sure I agree, but I’ll take it in the manner it was intended.

OSR: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Clyne: Be yourself and cheap is always more expensive.

OSR: If you could spend the weekend with any celebrity who would it be and why?

Clyne: Sylvester Stallone. I want to hear all the Rocky stories!

OSR: Which is your favourite date of the week?

Clyne: I think it has to be Saturday.

OSR: Do you have a message for our readers?

Clyne: I have a garage full of CDs in need of a home for Christmas. Have a lovely Christmas, hope to see you all in 2021.


Thanks to Colin Clyne for speaking with us. For more from Clyne, check out his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

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