Coleman Hell has had a torrid run through the music industry. After signing to Columbia for his debut album right off College St. in Toronto, he unloaded “2 Heads” which went viral, peaked gloriously across various Billboard charts (#5 on US Alt and #11 on Top Rock) along with going RIAA Gold and 3X Platinum in Canada. His label, crew and collective “Sideways” have been a mainstay in downtown subculture staying busy with a heavy music schedule performing, producing and DJing on the regular. Coleman’s sound is versatile and is definitely on the big room, big hit, stadium-sound side. He’s an ultra-talented songwriter that always seems one song away from superstardom. He’s got a polished, mainstream tightness to his music and aesthetic that should work very well in the future.
His newest single is a conscious push towards returning to his hip-hop roots as “Show Em” is a cross between clever wordplay, an infectious instrumental produced by labelmate La+ch with a fantastic hook that gives this social-media friendly track plenty of legs. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the “Killer” artist that will most definitely have you on tik tok and on the virtual dance floor in a hurry. We had the chance to sit down with him to see what he’s been up to lately.
RESPECT: When is the album coming? Any new features you’re cooking up?
C: The record should be out this fall. I don’t have any official features on there but I wrote the whole thing with my best friend La+ch and we got some really talented people playing guitar, sax, organs and even a full choir.
RESPECT: 5 goals in 2020
C: It’s a tough year for everyone so I think my first goals are to make it through this period of uncertainty and try to connect and support the people I care about. I also want to keep making and releasing music because I think people need art now more than ever. Finally release my sophomore album and tour it in the fall. And last but not least, I’ve recently taken up painting and am looking forward to exploring that more in the next couple months.
RESPECT: You’ve toured with Robert DeLong in 2015, and Twenty One Pilots any plans for going back on road?
C: Definitely. I had some shows lined up this summer including a string of gigs in South Africa but they’ve all been postponed. I will be back on the road this fall for sure
RESPECT: Best moment ever?
C: I think probably the Summerland tour. I got to create a theatrical experience with my best friends and bring the album to life every night.
RESPECT: What would you call your dream collab?
C: I’m going to say Cardi B just to put that energy out into the universe.
Listen to his New Single “Show ‘Em” which is out now on all platforms. Follow him on Instagram to keep up with all his updates
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