Interview: Richard Judge of I Dream in Colour

By on Thursday, 16th September 2010 at 12:00 pm

Busy just doesn’t cut it for up-and-coming Essex four-piece I Dream in Colour. Getting regular thumbs-ups from music publications and blogs alike, the newly formed band are ready to take thier anthemic tunes across the globe. Expect a review of their latest EP, ‘The Boiler Room’, soon.

In the meantime, we’re lucky enough to get some first hand scoop from the vastly talented singer/songwriter Richard Judge. Here’s some meaty facts he so kindly let us in on:

First off, most studies show that people do dream in colour. Can you describe how the band’s name came to be? And what made you decide on said name?
I always knew Radiohead got their name from a Talking Heads song. When I was looking for a name for our band I took their advice and looked to a hero. I picked up the Beatles anthology and turned straight to the page of John Lennon. The first line I read was ‘When I dream I dream in colour…’ And that was that. A lot of people started asking me why it had the ‘I’ at the beginning. But it seems we’ve started a trend…

Can you provide a little biography of the band of how, when theband formed and what your influence are? Also, what’s the average age of your band?
Peter and I are brothers. We’ve been playing together since we were kids. Mike was a friend of our cousin’s and I was told ‘he looks like he should be in a band’ and he loves a beer up. That suited us just fine. Turned out he was an amazing guitarist too, which was a bonus. Steve we didn’t know before but he walked in to the band and it worked. Or should I say.. ‘works.’ I’m the youngest in the band at 23. I guess we’d have an average age of 25.

Who comes up with the words to the songs and who writes the songs themselves? Or is the entire process collectively done by the entire band?
I’ll write all of the songs. Music and lyrics. Then I’ll take them to the rehearsal studio and the guys will put their stamp on it. It’s always such a great process. There’s no egos in that room. It’s always about being sympathetic to the song.

Can you tell us what “Get Along” is about? Also, when did ‘the Boiler Room’ EP come out and what are your plans in regard to a full album down the line?
Get Along is about the relationship between two people that don’t get on – or shouldn’t get on. But find themselves in situations where there’s heat. It’s about those moments. “And then we part ways, under the cover of a mistake.”

‘The Boiler Room’ came out in July of this year. It was recorded as an introduction the band. A taster. I hope we can make a record in 2011. The songs are certainly there. I’m bursting at the seams to show people what I have for it.

Any are other upcoming news regarding an album or tours that are safe to announce yet? What country would you like to see the most if you could tour anywhere in the world?
We are releasing a single on October 4th. We’re giving it away as a free download. It’s a song called ‘If You’. A personal favourite of mine. We’re going to be touring the UK throughout October and into November which is really exciting for us. We’re also taking the tour over to Austria and hopefully to Holland if they’ll have us. We played in Austria last year and the crowds were amazing.

As for where I’d most like to tour. I know it’s cliche but I’m so looking forward to the prospect of touring the U.S. [Editor’s note: yeehaw!]

If you weren’t in a band, what do you imagine you would be doing for a living?
All I ever wanted was to be a singer. Nothing else would cut it for me.

I Dream in Colour will be on tour in the UK in October.

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