Ba (Hons) Music, Ma Arts Artist - Composer - Producer Born in Ottignies, Belgium. Colin was brought up within a classical music environment. His mother was a piano and history of art teacher. Music was always around him as he grew up in Belgium. His musical education started in his early teens when he began playing the clarinet. When he was 15, he started learning the guitar himself and as he progressed, Colin started writing his first ideas of compositions.
In the late nineties, he moved to Manchester to study Sound Engineering at Salford University and since then he has been involved with many bands as a Performer, Sound Engineer and Producer.
In the noughties, he formed a metal band called Cypher with whom he played rhythm guitar. He produced their first E.P, which was a great success as it was reviewed "demo of the month" in both critically acclaimed Metal Hammer Magazine and Kerrang Magazine.
His love for the stage and composition was rediscovered whilst working as a Sound Engineer for various theatres and concert halls. He got to work at the Salzburg Festival in Austria with American avant-garde Theatre Director Robert Wilson (best known for his collaboration with Philip Glass on "Einstein on the Beach") and with Belgian Composer/Film Director Thierry de Mey.
In 2006, Colin worked for Session Musician Herbie Flowers (best known for his bass guitar session work with David Bowie and Lou Reed's "Transformer" Album, including the hit "Walk on the wild side") as an assistant for his Rock Shops (Singer-Songwriter workshops) at the Dartington Music Summer School and in Brighton.
In june 2011, he graduated with a First-Class Honours Ba (Hons) in Music on saxophone and composition at Salford University.
During his studies, in 2012 he Produced and Released his first Astempola E.P of Electro-Acoustic Music and also his first Maxwell Watts Album entitled "Out of the Blue". This later album demonstrated more of his Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Americana original composition affinities.
Following his studies at Salford, he graduated with a Master of Arts by research at the University of Huddersfield in 2013 with a thesis entitled "Composing for Instruments and Electronics; a Commentary on my Recent Music".
As part of his Masters Degree, he collaborated with double bassist Jim Parris (best know for his work with the band Carmel) and Released his first Astempola Album.
In 2015, Colin released his second Maxwell Watts album entitled "Colin & Ché".
Since 2017, Colin has retrieved a passion for Graphic Arts and paintings and has produced a large catalogue of original artworks.
In December 2019 he started releasing new singles from his third Maxwell Watts Album.
He is now releasing singles for his Can Guru? Project. Can Guru? is a big mashup mix of Electro-Pop, Alt Hip-Hop, Indie Dance, Melodic Techno, Electronica, Trip-Hop and elements of Jazz!