The creative polymath on his latest artistic endeavours.
Sunni Colón is one of the hardest workers in the game. Balancing his time between being a record producer, director and installation artist, he’s also gearing up to release his second record Satin Psicodelic.
Having taken himself away to Paris to focus on the record, the LA-based creative polymath has honed his avant-garde style and 70s-influenced beats to craft a stunning thought-provoking record that transcends genres and delights the senses.
Covering heartbreak and acceptance, the project is a strikingly realistic portrayal of how one rebuilds themselves after trauma. Releasing the lead track “Baby, I Don’t Mind” today, Colón’s smooth as silk vocals dance delicately above the funk-inspired melodies, as he croons about loving his counterpart regardless of their actions and wanting to show them how he – for lack of a better phrase – “doesn’t mind” about what they do.
An exciting taste of what the upcoming full-length will hold, we sat down with him to find out even more.
You’re a singer, songwriter, record producer, director and installation artist. When did you first notice that you had a creative gift?
From what my mind can retrace, I’d say I became aware of my creativity when I was about 11 years old. That’s when I started taking apart computers and putting them back together, and playing with music. It was when I started to blend my technical side with my creative side.
Do you express yourself differently through your songwriting compared to your art?
It’s relatively homogenous. The form of outlets can be different but the source and the depths to where I want to reach are the same. It’s all just therapeutic expression.
Would you say that you had a favourite creative outlet, or do you love them all differently?
I love them all.
You’re getting ready to release your new project Satin Psicodelic very soon. Can you tell us a bit about the story behind the record?
The stories behind Satin Psicodelic are vast but in a nutshell Satin Psicodelic is two plus years of creating a myriad of ideas, living in multiple cities, experiencing heartbreak, coming to terms with trauma, and reclaiming myself. I guess it’s a very relatable human experience…
You moved to Paris to work on the record – what effect did this have on you?
I was able to focus and reclaim myself. Nothing is more liberating than identifying your goals and the shit that’s holding you back from achieving them; even if it’s yourself.
You’ve always called yourself a “global citizen” – considering the US, England, France and Nigeria home – how has living in all of these different places influenced you as a person and influenced your music and art?
It’s influenced my frame of mind and approach to life. I don’t think my perspective is inferior or superior. it’s just unique like everyone else’s.
We’re very happy to be premiering your first single “Baby I Don’t Mind”, what made you want to lead with this song? Do you believe it introduces the new record well?
It’s an honor really and thank you. Every track on Satin Psicodelic can introduce the record well but “Baby I Don’t Mind” is like the unspoken favorite/golden child of the house that gets along with all of the uncles and aunties.
What’s the story behind the song?
The song was initiated with the fundamental chords and the recurring thoughts of all the things that “I don’t mind”. Whether in myself, to lovers, or to strangers because at the end of the day, we really shouldn’t mind. Life is too short to be vexed, just don’t be a bad person.
How are you feeling about the new record release?
I feel like I’m the climax of a metamorphosis. I feel inspired
Do you have any big celebrations planned?
Not really but I’m probably going to buy myself an amazing dinner and go to the studio.
What else can we expect from you this year?
More projects but more importantly more releases. I’m just getting started.