INTERVIEWS AUBREY COLLINS
COLLINS TALKS TO ROCKWIRED
HER LATEST CD 'WORLD
"BIG SHIFT" IN HER SOUND
TAKING OVER THE WORLD
INTERVIEWED BY BRIAN LUSH
pop realm is full of princesses and we know all them by one name.(We
don't have to name them, do we?) Pretty soon, the pop landscape will
be referring to AUBREY COLLINS as simply AUBREY but unlike all
of the those other pop tarts, AUBREY ROCKS!!!
AUBREY first time in the proverbial rodeo. She first graced the
airwaves and the charts in 2002 at the age of 14 with her debut CD
BACK TO ME. The combination of that
country sound and her stunning voice had critics making the
inevitable comparison to LEANN RIMES. Well, AUBREY's all grown up now
and things couldn't be more different.
On WORLD WITHOUT ME,
AUBREY eschews country twang and lets it rip. It is a collection of
rock gems that are both feminine and forceful. WORLD WITHOUT ME is to
2006 what PAT BENATAR's CRIMES OF PASSION was to 1980. A rocker is
born and it's exciting for ROCKWIRED to see a great new artist take a
step in the right direction. The world is begining to take
ROCKWIRED spoke to AUBREY COLLINS over the phone. This
is how it went.
have to preface all of this by saying that I was under the impression
that WORLD WITHOUT ME was your debut CD. I just found out that it's
It's not. I did a
CD prior to this one.
you were quite young when you released that CD.
I was 14 at the time. I recorded it around the ages of 13 and 14 and
I released it two weeks before my 15th birthday.
also understand that there is a big stylistic shift between your
first CD and your last one.
a big gigantic step that I took. It's completely the opposite of
everything I have ever done before. The first CD was country rock and
from there I just hit a hard right because my writing wasn't going in
the direction that the country route was going at the time. I felt
more comfortable on stage doing more rock songs, so it came naturally
did it all begin for you? Music, I mean.
guess I was four years old when I took my Dad's huge work boots and
put them on started singing on top of a box with a microphone I got
for my birthday. I guess I always wanted to entertain and
that's pretty much how it all started.
are you from originally?
I'm for Littleton, Colorado and now I'm just kind of travelling all
over the place.
music influenced you growing up?
when I was younger, I listened to alot of country. FAITH HILL and
MARTINA MCBRIDE were huge influences on me and then I'd always listen
to PAT BENATAR and MELISSA ETHERIDGE as well. When the time came for
that big shift in my music I started to listen to AC/DC, METALLICA
and all of those kind of older bands and then I came out and started
listening to people like MICHELLE BRANCH and newer stuff to see how
my writing abilities could be more radio ready. I came up with my
style of music and it's been a lot of fun getting there.
kind of young to know who PAT BENATAR is.
know. I went to her concert in Denver and it was such a great
inspiration for me to see that because she was out there and letting
eveyone know that she's still around and able to deliver. That's
where I wanna be when I'm her age.
were saying earlier that the country boots didn't quite fit anymore
and you went into more of a rock vein. Can you tell me a little more
I was just
writing alot and it just made me realize who I was and that I could
express myself a little bit better when I started writing and
when I got that going, the music became a little more rock than a
country album would allow. I did alot of showcases for SONY RECORDS;
One was Country and the other was a Rock showcase and they asked me
specifically "...Would you rather be doing Country or
would you rather be doing Rock?" and honestly, my heart was in
Rock. In Rock I was a lot more comfortable on stage, I felt like more
of an entertainer and I was allowed to sing my songs the way I felt
they needed to be sung. It just allowed me to be a little bit more
me. A little bit crazier but also, a little more cool.
for the first CD you didn't write anything.
did. I wrote half of the songs on the first CD.
see. How did songwriting begin for you?
the begining, I always told myself that I never wanted to do
songwriting. I always wanted to do music but never the whole
songwriting thing or play guitar because I thought it was cheesy. I
just wanted to be the singer. At the age of twelve I got my first
guitar. I picked it up for a little while and I absolutely hated it.
My fingers hurt so bad and I couldn't deal with it. I couldn't bare
the pain. I put it down for a couple of months and after that I felt
weird without having it being strapped to me so I picked it up again
and that was when I started getting a little more of a feel for it.
The bloody fingers came into play and I just had to sort of tough it
out. My Dad was always helping me out and bringing home lyrics that
he would jot down in his truck from work. They were the cheesiest
lyrics in the whole entire world. He gave me inspiration to start
putting a little of my lyrics into song because I never thought that
his lyrics were going to be the number one hit. He was big
inspiration to me by telling me that I should write my own material
and then I got to working with my producer and he took me to a whole
different level of songwriting. I started writing with the big names
like MEREDITH BROOKS. That was probably the scariest moment of my
life when I walked in with MEREDITH BROOKS and she just looked at me
and said "Look girl, this is it. This is what you've got to do."
To this day I'll take every word that she gave me as a blessing and I
appreciate everything that all of these songwriters have given me.
the finished product in your hands, how does it feel. Is it
everything that you wanted it to be?
more. This was such an incredible experience for me. I was sitting in
the studio day and night with the producer and just working and
working and working. There were times were I could've just wrung his
neck and there were time where I think he could've wrung mine but at
the end of the day, it was always an awesome job.
there any tracks off of this CD that stand out for you as
that sticks out for me as favorite would have to be WORLD WITHOUT ME
because I thought at the time, when I started writing, I thought it
was the strongest song I have ever written. Then, there's the song
FIGHTING which I wrote all by myself and I'm so honored to have a
song that I wrote entirely by myself, on the record. There are
a couple of songs on the record that I wish I could've sung better
but I'm so proud of the record, that there is nothing that I would do
is the response like to your live shows?
awesome. I get things like "the live show is better than the
record!!!" and "in order to respect the record, you have to
see the live show." It's different every time but everyone seems
to go more towards the live show because I'm an entertainer and I
just like to put on a good show for everybody and make them feel like
they paid their money's worth.
also heard that you did a show with HANGFACE?
interviewed them as well
The guys told me to tell you hello.
them I said hello as well, even though we e-mail each other all of
the time. They're with PAT BENATAR's management company.
funny is that's how I met DJ (DAGGI "DJ" HELLING,
HANGFACE's Lead Guitarist) He and I have been dating for the past
seven months now.
had no idea!!! I never knew ROCKWIRED had that kind of power over
people. Anyway, What do you want a listener to walk away with after
hearing your music.
and more love for the music. I want them to know that I'm out here
and letting them know that this is what I do and If they like it,
that's great and if they don't , I respect their decision and I just
hope that one day we can take over the world and rock the world!!!
That's our mission. That's our goal.
said something similar to that when she got started so who knows?