Born in Ottignies, Belgium, Can Guru? (a.k.a Colin Crichton) was brought up in a classical music environment.
With music running through his veins, it was always a huge part of his life, from as young as he can remember. In the late nineties, he moved to Manchester to study Sound Engineering at Salford University and since then has been involved with many bands as a performer, sound engineer and blossoming music producer. His love for electronic music was nurtured in the rich and eclectic Manchester party music scene.
Witnessing live bands such as The Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twins and 808 State, to name but a few, played a role in shaping his own sound, encouraging him to experiment with samples and create his own electronic songs. Throughout his development, Crichton drew on many influences ranging from alt hip-hop to electro-pop, indie dance, electronica and trip-hop. His production style stems from bands such as Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers and Hot Chip.
His latest single “Winner Today” was inspired by a moment of strength and talks of his resilience to failure and pain. Crichton shares, “The song is about the ups and downs of winning one day and maybe losing it all the next, but never to give up on your dreams and ambitions. Always getting back up after you fall over.”
Written on a stormy day in the woodlands in Berlin, this is reflected in the tracks’ darker tones. Crichton sings, “I am braving the storm and the mighty heavy weathers.” With an outpour of energy throughout the subtle sombre, electric landscape, “Winner Today” emits a metallic sheen and haunting tribal backing vocals that pack a punch. Pulling on themes of reality, the pounding drums and mighty horn melodies mark their territory.