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What does a home-schooled white farmboy know about making urban music? For wunderkid pop music maker Colin Munroe, not all that much. Until answering a classified ad by a scam artist led to a series of encounters with Toronto’s urban music stars at Revival – a bar and live music venue where the city’s hip-hop and R&B scene was thriving. The curious newcomer was soon working with Revival regulars like Saukrates, Glenn Lewis and Divine Brown, which brought him rapid success as a writer/producer. But it was watching singers get up on stage at Revival’s open mic nights that inspired Colin to start writing and performing material for himself. Colin’s first track, his interpretation of a Kanye West song, caused a global net sensation. Now signed to Motown Records for his own highly anticipated debut album, Colin returns to Revival to retrace his evolution from behind the scenes to centre stage.
LL: Give us your “elevator ride” pitch: the concept for your film in three sentences or less.
GV: Within a couple of years of moving from rural Ottawa to Toronto the artist goes from the role of producer to singer/songwriter, and then translates his local success into an American record deal with Universal/Motown records by singing over a Kanye West track and then getting it officialized by the man himself. Along the way, it was the open mic nights at Revival that introduced him to the scene and to the people that would help him get his music heard by Motown.
LL: Can you share a mentorship story of your own?
GV: I was a professional IATSE camera assistant before I started directing, but my mentors were not cameramen, they were actually the staff at Panavision Canada: first Helmut Cremer, then Jeff Flowers, then the late Bruce Sparling. They taught me more about motion picture cameras than any DOP I assisted. They are the mechanics great cinematographers go to for the technical answers that make them great.
LL: What’s the secret to making a film that looks good on both a mobile phone and big theatre screen?
GV: Keep it visually graphic by choosing the right compositions. Also, make sure nothing relevant is too small in the frame for mobile use, like text, titles and action. Then making sure nothing appears too big. For example, an extreme facial close may work great in a small frame but may look distorted on a big frame depending on where you sit.
LL: This was your 4th City Sonic film. What would you say is your favourite thing about making films for this series?
GV: Being apart of a culturally relevant music series and getting to wrap up a great rock ‘n’ roll story with a music video treatment.
Thanks Bob [Lang, Executive Producer]! You weren’t kidding when you said “”anything goes.””
Venues don’t need to have been around for decades or featured the Rolling Stones to have made Toronto music history. Revival bar on College has long hosted a number of important urban music showcases, and was once place Colin Munro met his future musical collaborators.
Colin Munroe might be one City Sonic artist some music fans in the city haven’t heard of … yet. That’s only because rather than playing live around town the young singer/musician/writer/producer has mostly worked behind the scenes, with and for such Toronto superstars as Drake, Saukrates and Divine Brown, or kept very busy making music mixes and videos that have buzzed across the blogosphere. But with his debut solo record coming out on Motown this fall we’re sure that Colin is the city’s next great pop star. We hope you met him here first.