Meet Colin Vehmeier, a 20-year-old from Minneapolis, MN.
“This playlist essentially was to test my friends pop music knowledge. I had to dig deep into the recesses of my mind to find all of the bits that everyone forgot about from our adolescence.”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
I started out being mostly a metal fan, but I later transitioned into being a fan of more punk rock, 90’s grunge and alternative, and hip-hop as I reached middle school. Some artists I remember listening to when I was really young include Linkin Park, Metallica, Lil Wayne, Alice In Chains, and Fugees.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
3001: A Laced Odyssey by Flatbush Zombies is probably my favorite albums of all time. Sort of a strange pick, for this album isn’t acclaimed and really doesn’t reach far outside of its fan base. I sort of enjoy the cultish following the album has and am constantly baffled by the scope of people this album has influenced. While it sits firmly in the hip-hop cannon, many of its biggest fans do not listen to much rap music at all. The major theme of the album is finding oneself and staying true to who one is, and a listen of the album is truly an emotional experience.
What artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
Probably Nujabes. RIP Nujabes, he is a huge influence to me as a musician and many would agree with me that he is one of the greatest producers of all time. He really paved the way for Lo-Fi Hip Hop as a genre and proved that simple beats can carry great emotion if executed well. I’m an avid fan of Lo-Fi music and the sound is largely thanks to Nujabes.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Denzel Curry’s show at the Cabooze for his 13 EP release tour. It started out with a performance from Early Eyes, which was cool because they lived in my dorm the previous year and I never got to hear them play. They’re music isn’t really my taste but their performance was great. DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP, perhaps the best DJ in the country, had one of his best sets at this show. I’ve seen him countless times but this one was the most memorable. Experimental Hard Rock/Metal band Show Me The Body had one of the craziest sets I’ve ever seen, and Denzel finished off the night with a breathtaking but exhausting performance. I’ve seen Denzel since and he hasn’t matched that energy level. Truly unforgettable.
Do you have a life slogan?
Just be honest and be yourself. There’s only one you and there’s really no point in hiding that person from the world. When all your colors are on full display for everyone to see you can really rock out and show the world who you are and why you’re here. There’s no point in hiding yourself from anyone, there’s no point in doing anything besides showing love, and there’s no point in treating yourself with disrespect when you are the only one who is you. I haven’t always followed this motto but life has been better since I have. It’s never too late to be the person you could’ve been.