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Colby O'donisColby Odoni's
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by Erik Leal

CD: When did you start making music?
CO: I Started young. When I was nine I signed with full force. Back in the day we did stuff with lisa lisa, Justin, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Enrique Iglesias. At ten years, I signed to Motown Records to do a cool little soundtrack. When I was twelve my father bought me my first production studio. Before I signed with Interscope and Akon I already had six independent record albums.

CD: So, the independent albums where all produced by you?
CO: Yea, just grinding man, just working trying to get my name out there. Trying to be known.

CD: Before making it big what type of jobs did you have?
CO: I worked for my father. He used to own a plant nursery. I pulled weeds, watered the garden and mowed the lawn. That was the worst job ever because there was no shade so it was all sun, all sweat, getting heated, ugh! I would have rather worked at a place with an air conditioner, know what I mean?

CD: Was there a specific song, performance or tour that got you your big break?
CO: The first tour that I got a lot of recognition from was when I was with Akon in Canada. That same week I recorded, what you got? Akon would bring me out on his set. He would shout to the fans, “Yo! This is my new artist that I just signed to Konvict Music and his name is Colby O’donis. I want him to do something for ya’ll.” I would sing an acopella song for the fans. They would go crazy and love it. That was my first big thing that ever happened.

CD: So, when you received your first big check, how did you spend it?
CO: I threw it back into my studio. You got to spend money to make money. I always invest into my business because I look at the bigger picture. My dad raised me to spend 10% of what I make, 10% towards investments like my business or promotions and the rest into savings. So, that’s how I spend my money.

CD: Is your name really Colby O’Donis or is that just a stage name?
CO: Yes, that’s my real name. That’s actually my first and middle name, my last name is Colon.

CD: What artists are you listening to in your headphones?
CO: I’m listening to a lot of Akon, his new stuff that just came out. I’m working on a new song with Akon for his new album, I’m excited about that.

CD: Do you have any other investments or projects going on right now?
CO: Yeah man, a lot of things. Now that my album finally dropped, I’m promoting it like crazy, running around trying to get known, getting people familiar with what I do. Before my album came out I was writing for myself. I focused on what I was trying to get done first. I wasn’t focused on anybody else but my stuff, I’m not selfish or anything, but I wanted to make sure my stuff was right because this was my first debut album. Now that its out, I’m doing a lot of writing for other artists.

CD: What advice would you give someone who wants to be an artist on tour?
CO: Run, run naw just kidding. Advice I would give to inspiring artists/musician and producers is to be ready for a lot of disappointments. Its how the industry works. If you have this vision that you can make one beat off of Fruity Loops or Reason or Logic and your going to submit it and you think your going to become a big overnight producer the next day... You are so wrong. If you really knew how this industry works? It is very very hard, its very hard, its not easy. You will probably get turned down 5,200 hundred times before you get one yes. That’s how it was for me. I got so many no’s. So many auditions here and there and one yes with Akon and now I’m here. I worked my butt off. I had a lot of disappointments. Sometimes I got depressed, but you got to believe in yourself. You have to tell yourself, “ You know what? Yea I’m going through a hard time right now, but I believe I can be something.” You got to keep going and not quit. If you quit, you don’t win. Like the saying goes, “Quitters never win and winners never quit”.

CD: Aside from music what do you do on your off time?
CO: I can’t really talk about that on camera. Naw I’m just kidding. I go to the movies, I try to go to the mall, it’s kind of hard for me to go to the mall now but before I used to go to the mall a lot. Now I just go to the movies or eat out at some of my favorite restaurants or order food. I just moved into a new house and it has a big guest house in the backyard. I made that my studio so I’m in there all the time. Before that I recorded my whole album in my apartment.

CD: If you can share the stage with a musician or artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
CO: Selena, she’s hot. She’s one of the greatest. She definitely was. It’s tragic what happened to her, but she was amazing. She would be someone I would of liked to do something with.

 

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