Indie-dance trio Crooked Colours have teamed with Masked Wolf and Jasiah for their new track Light Year, and it's a track that brings out the best in everyone involved. It's a global affair, with Jasiah hailing from Ohio, while Crooked Colours and Masked Wolf are both Australian. The song, which is about the speed that life moves at sometimes, is an upbeat, energetic affair. Crooked Colours's production will instantly lift your spirits, while Masked Wolf's and Jasiah's vocals keep the party going.
Speaking about the track, Crooked Colours member Leon Debaughn says, “We love that we are in a position to write music that is influenced by so many different genres without feeling like a departure from our sound. I think that keeps it really fresh and exciting for us. We had this beat and new instantly Masked Wolf would be a perfect fit. We connected with Jasiah and he added so much energy to the track. The song encapsulates the feeling of life moving too fast and looking forward rather than being present and living in the moment.”
Masked Wolf echoed Crooked Colours's thoughts, saying, "My manager sent me a beat from Crooked Colours and within 1 hour I had a chorus and verse sent back to them. It’s just one of those feel good songs no matter where you are you can plug in some headphones and be in a world of happiness listening to it."
To mark the release of the song, we spoke to both Crooked Colours and Masked Wolf about the art of collaborating, and some things that are important to keep in mind when working with other artists. Check out Light Year below, and read on to learn all about how great collaborations come together!
Crooked Colours's Five Tips
1. I think it’s important to be open to exploring different ideas without worrying about what the end result will be. - Leon
2. Don't end up pigeonholed into one genre or one song format. A collaboration is an opportunity to expand your sound palette, so be open to a different song format. - Leon
3. The fresh perspective can come in at an angle completely unexpected, which in turn reinvigorates your excitement for the track. - Liam
4. It's obviously an opportunity to reach a new audience with your collaborator. However, at the same time, you need to be aware that you're also introducing your fans to this artist. There's some level of nervousness there. - Liam
5. In order for a collaboration to be successful, it can't be forced. We have had a lot of sessions lined up via the label through COVID and some can feel very forced. It's important to have an open mind, but there needs to be that connection on a creative front - not just what's going to be marketable on the other side. - Phil
Masked Wolf's Five Tips
1. Ensure that there's positive energy from the start.
2. Make sure everyone agrees on the concept and vibe of the song.
3. Know that criticism can benefit you as an artist and songwriter.
4. Don’t expect to make a hit, just make something you believe in.
5. Thank everyone for their time when you are finished. Everyone is working hard, and being remembered is key. No matter the outcome, be thankful for the opportunity.