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?
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.