Following on from his iconic collaboration with childhood friend and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku on New Levels, inspired by their rise to stardom, and the summertime hit Nothing At All, Belgian artists Will Michiels aka TheColorGrey recently released the next cut lifted from his forthcoming new album, Out Of My Hands. With its wonderful blend of soul, RnB and hip-hop, the self-produced Out Of My Hands delivered a tight and shinning example of what we can expect from his in the nearing months.
So with his profile skyrocketing once again, we thought that now would be a good time to sit down with him and find out some more about his plans for the future, as well as what has been inspiring him of late.
Hey TheColorGrey. We love the name – where did it come from?
The spark came from a book (The Collini Case) my grandfather gave me when I was 15. It was the first book I actually really enjoyed reading. At a certain point in the book one character said: “People are not black or white. They’re grey…”. For some reason that line always stuck with me and I decided to call myself ‘Grey’. No one is perfect. We all have good & bad sides. Every person on this planet is ‘“Grey”. Another reason is the way I look at myself as an artist and the way I’ve been perceived. I don’t feel like there is one word or genre to describe my music, especially if you come to a live show. You’ll hear elements of hip-hop, soul, R&B, jazz but also rock, reggae, pop. I don’t want to limit myself as an artist since I love so many different genres. I want to incorporate them all into my music. I guess you can say I’ve always felt like I’m in some sort of grey area musically. I later switched it to TheColorGrey because people had trouble finding me online as ‘Grey’.
Name three of your biggest musical influences.
These types of questions are never fair. Today I’m saying Bob Marley, D’Angelo, and Prince.
Your new track Out of my Hands features Oddisee, who you have worked with before. Tell us some more about the release.
After recording my verse I just sat on the song for a while. At one point I realised I wanted a different approach on the 2nd verse; A whole other perspective. Right away I thought I should send the song to Oddisee. His lyrics will give you goose bumps. I needed that on this record.
R&B or hip-hop?
What can we expect from you in 2020?
An album! And hopefully plenty of gigs!
TheColorGrey’s latest single Out Of My Hands is available to stream and download now via Warner Music Benelux, and his highly anticipated new album is set to drop in the spring of 2020.