Denis Coleman picked up a violin at the age of 5 and his love for music hasn’t stopped growing since. Originally from the US and now based in London, Coleman has began studying at the Royal College of Music where he began composing and wrote his first pop song.
The emerging artist is quickly gaining traction in with the release of his single “Imperfect” and joining The Vamps for the UK leg of their tour. In July, Coleman will go out for his first round of headlining shows.
We got a chance to chat with the Denis Coleman about everything from his new song, moving to the UK and so much more…
Can you give us some background on your latest track Imperfect? Who or what inspired the track?
Imperfect, as well as being a love song is meant to be a reminder to people that we are all imperfect. Social media place a ton of pressure on us to look and act perfectly but at the end of the day no one is perfect, and it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.
What’s your favorite part about writing music?
Haha, I love it all. It’s great to be able to translate emotions and ideas into music and it’s extremely satisfying when you finish writing a song that you love.
Do you have any plans to release an EP or album this year?
I’ll release my debut EP this fall! And my next single comes out in just over a month!
When did you realize that you wanted to pursue music?
I would say when I was 5 and first picked up a violin I knew that I loved music! While I’ve been writing songs and making music for the past 5 years or so, I’ve only been pursuing a career as a pop singer for around a year!
You’re from the U.S, what was it like moving to another country at young age?
It was definitely a big change. It was really exciting but at the same time quite intimidating. I absolutely loved London, but I did miss home- and as I was home-schooled, I wouldn’t have an automatic group of friends when I arrived. For the first few months I didn’t really know anyone here! Thankfully I was very fortunate in that I quickly was able to meet really great people but those first few months were a bit unusual and even lonely at times!
Studying at the Royal College of Music, how has this experience been for you and your artistry?
It’s been fantastic. I’ve been able to meet and learn from some of the most talented musicians in the world. I was constantly inspired and pushed there, and I think I learned a lot both about music and hard work. A lot of people say that a classical background isn’t important for pop music writing and while this is in part true (the countless musical geniuses out there who couldn’t even read a note of music are proof of that) it certainly helps! I think it’s been very valuable to me in writing songs and producing music.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
I think Max Martin would be my number 1 dream collab as he is an absolutely incredible songwriter/producer, one of the best of all time. Travis Scott would be my dream artist to collaborate with though. His album Astroworld is in my opinion one of the best albums of this decade and his sonics are mind blowing. He is definitely a true artist.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years music wise?
I want to make something that no one’s ever heard before. Something really different and good. Something that resonates with people and can help them through tough times. I also want to be topping the charts and recognised all around the world 😉
Make sure to check out his latest track ‘Imperfect’ below!