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#120 Colin Campbell of Colin Of Arabia

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 10:05 PM PT

In the latest episode of Lambgoat's Vanflip Podcast, Lurk navigates an insightful conversation with Colin Campbell, the frontman of the hardcore band Colin of Arabia. This episode, marked by its raw authenticity and depth, delves into the band's resurgence, personal struggles, the hardcore scene, and the complexities of balancing life with art.

Colin of Arabia: A Decade Later

After a decade-long hiatus, Colin Campbell discusses the band's much-anticipated return, marked by their new EP, "Trauma Dump." He reflects on the shift in their music's thematic focus, stating, "Everything is a lot more introspective than written with hindsight... I know what my faults are now." This introspection marks a significant departure from their previous rage-driven lyrics, indicating a matured perspective.

Striking a Balance: Music and Life

Campbell touches on the realities of juggling personal responsibilities with musical aspirations. He notes, "If you're a grownup, things take precedence over art and things we like to do... I got married, I own a home." This candid admission highlights the common struggles artists face in balancing their passion with everyday life.

Confronting Personal Demons

One of the most poignant parts of the interview is Campbell's openness about his personal struggles, including legal issues and self-reflection. He admits, "I'm a difficult dude to deal with," revealing his journey towards self-improvement and the realization of his shortcomings.

The Creative Process and Industry Evolution

Discussing the creative process, Campbell addresses the challenges of writer's block and adapting to the digital age. He observes, "Artists live in an attention economy," highlighting the pressure to constantly produce content in today's social media-driven world.

Hardcore Scene: Then and Now

Campbell offers his perspective on the evolution of the hardcore scene. He discusses how personal and creative choices within this space have been influenced by societal and industry changes, providing a nuanced view of the scene's dynamics.

Substance Use and Personal Growth

The podcast doesn't shy away from discussing substance use, with Campbell providing a frank account of his experiences. His story is one of caution but also of hope, as he navigates a path towards better choices and personal growth.

Artistic Integrity and Commercial Pressures

A notable moment in the podcast is Campbell's reflection on the balance between artistic integrity and commercial success. He questions the value placed on art in a market-driven society, asking, "What’s the real value to music monetarily?"

Conclusion: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Resilience

This episode of Lambgoat's Vanflip Podcast with Colin Campbell offers an unfiltered look into the life of a musician at the crossroads of personal development and artistic expression. It's a compelling narrative that not only sheds light on the challenges faced by artists in the hardcore scene but also speaks to the universal themes of growth, resilience, and the pursuit of authenticity in a complex world.




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