Color Out is a solo rock project from Dave Hedrick, Nashville USA.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe Color Out’s music as emotive, high energy rock with pop influences. I think a lot of the songs would fall into the Pop/Punk or Emo genres, but there are a lot of different sub rock genres mixed in and that’s what I’m most proud of.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Color Out started back in 2015. I was living in Chicago and playing with a local band. We were about to start writing for our first album and it became pretty clear that we weren’t on the same page musically. At the time, I had written a couple songs that I felt had potential and I ultimately decided to step away and release these songs on my own. So that’s what spawned Color Out and here we are five years later and I just released the 4th EP on 3/13/20.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is probably the most influential songwriter that I look up to. I would also throw in Stephen Jenkins from early Third Eye Blind. As a guitarist, my heroes would be Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac, Tim Mahoney from 311, and Kevin Cadogan from Third Eye Blind.
What inspires you?
What inspires me more than anything is receiving a message from a complete stranger telling me that my music helped them through a difficult time. That means everything to me and even if it’s just one person I’ve helped, it’s all worth it. Music is such a powerful tool and has helped me through so many tough times, so hearing that my music has had that effect on someone else really inspires me to keep writing music.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Since I am not touring right now, I’ll answer this another way as I still record songs live and put them on YouTube. My favourite song to play live is probably “Faith (Coming Clean)”. I just love that guitar riff and the song has a lot of emotion so it’s fun one to play.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Probably playing at 311 day. I didn’t list them as an influence earlier just because their music is so different than mine, but they have always been one of my favourite bands. They typically play a huge show in Las Vegas on March 11th every year and I would love to be a part of that.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Although I am not thrilled with the current state of Rock music, I think it’s opened the door for guys like me that still write what some would consider an “outdated” style of rock. I grew up listening to the type of music that I write, and I remember how popular it was during the time. Like everything else, preferences change and different genres become more popular, but I still think there is an appetite for this style of rock. I believe people still enjoy electric guitars, being played by a real people with lyrics about real life. I know I will never get rich off this music, but that’s never been a motivation of mine.
What are your future plans?
Right now just spreading the word and promoting the new Perspectives EP that came out on 3/13/20. Go check it out, you can stream it on all streaming platforms or download it off iTunes. I’m really excited about this EP and these songs, so I will spend the next couple months focused on it and then get back to writing more music.