Javier Colon Talks "Come Through For You"
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 14:04:32
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Javier Colon's spirit shines through every song on his Universal Republic Records debut and third studio album, Come Through For You.
Compassionate, humble, and honest, the winner of NBC's The Voice infuses a vibrant sense of soul into pop rock. His voice seamlessly shifts from moving R&B into anthemic arena-filling hooks. Lyrically, Colon examines relationships, life, and love across Come Through For You's 11 songs. At the end of the day, he "comes through" tenfold, giving the world invigorating, infectious, and inspiring pop for the ages.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino, Javier Colon dives deep into Come Through For You, talks movies, and so much more…
What's your take on Come Through for You as a whole?
As a whole, I love it. All of the things that make me who I am are in there. There's a little bit of the rock side with the full band. There's a little of the R&B side in the way I sing everything, threading things together. There's even a little bit of the country side. Everything I wanted in there is represented. We ultimately wanted to make something people could listen to from beginning to end and feel good about it.
Do you feel like "As Long As We Got Love" is indicative of the album's vision?
I do! I love the message of that song. I'm a family values kind of guy. I wouldn't have made it to where I am now had it not been for the love of my wife and everyone around me that kept me going. It's a testament to the idea that as long as you have love, you figure everything else out. In the bad times, you have somebody to lean on. In the good times, you have someone to share these amazing things with. I was really glad to lead out with that song. Natasha Bedingfield is so amazing, and I'm such a big fan of hers. I thought it was a great introduction to the album. She wrote some lyrics in the second verse and instantly made the song even better. She fell right into place. I sang my harmonies to her parts a little later from home which was pretty awesome. It was amazing. She's such a great artist.
What's the story behind "Make it in Love"?
That's a great song! I've been married for 14 years now. I don't say that I have the key to know everything you need to do to make it in love but if you want to be with someone, there's going to be a lot of give and take. You have to learn how to compromise. If you want to make it in love, you have to be willing to give everything. You have to be able to take risks and jump into the unknown. I love that song!
Did you instantly click with Adam Levine of Maroon 5 on "Stand Up"?
Adam jumped on, and it instantly felt amazing to me. It sounded magical. That's an early favorite from what I'm hearing, which is awesome.
Outside of music, where else do you cull inspiration?
A lot of my stuff comes from personal experience or things I see other people going through. Sometimes it's from movies, pop culture, and other things that happen around us we see every day. A good amount of those songs come from personal experience. I wrote the title track for my wife five years ago when I lost my deal with Capitol Records and things weren't looking good. We had no money in the bank, and I had no idea how I was going to pursue this music thing. I was going to try, but we'd had an argument this particular evening. I woke up at four in the morning with almost this entire song in my head. The premise of the song is I know you're tired of me giving you all of these promises that this is going to work out. I know you're sick of me saying these things, but I promise you one day I'm going to come through for you. I hope this album means the day has come or is coming soon. A lot of my inspiration is drawn from my family or from things that happened in my life.
What are some of your favorite movies?
The Green Mile is one of my favorite movies of all time. I absolutely love that film. For some reason, Beverly Hills Cop 2 is still one of my favorite movies. It's an oldie but a goodie [Laughs].
It's awesome when Eddie Murphy steals the house in Beverly Hills Cop II.
That is the best, and he does it so masterfully. He makes them believe it's his house and he sends everybody home. When the guy comes back, he's like "who's this guy?" [Laughs] I've seen it a thousand times. I have to watch it every time it's awesome.
If Come Through For You were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
Wow, that's a good question. It'd definitely be a mixture. There's a little Quentin Tarantino in there during some of our rocking songs. Then, we go into some more emotional moments a la The Green Mile. I think some of old western stuff in the song, "OK, Here's the Truth". It was almost written in the vein of a country song. It could be a mesh of different genres put together.
What rock bands do you come back to?
I'm a huge Coldplay fan! I used to listen to a lot of hard rock and heavy metal stuff back in the day like Metallica and Poison in the '90s when I was starting to write songs. I love the rock aspect of music.
What do you want for Christmas this year?
For Christmas this year, I want to hang out with my family and not think about business for a second. As far as material things, I really want a nice big screen TV for my living room [Laughs]. I don't know if I want to pull the trigger yet.
Click here for our Q&A with Natasha Bedingfield about "As Long As We Got Love".
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