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Meet Corbin Payne

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Corbin Payne. Corbin was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Brandon Colby.

Hi Corbin, we’re so thrilled to have you sharing your story with us today. Maybe we can kick things off by having you introduce yourself to our readers? We’d love to have you go into your story and how you got to where you are today.
My music journey started when I was 11 and taught myself piano. At 16 I wanted to learn how to produce so I began with garage band and then picked up a Maschine beat pad and began making hip hop beats. After being exposed to the EDM scene in 2011 I realized that I wanted to dj and make electronic dance music. It wasn’t until 2019 until I caught an unexpected big break by writing catchy “house hooks” that my music began to get attention. I wrote and recorded the vocals for Australian producer Wongo and our song D.A.D. (Dance All Day) reached number 1 on the ARIA Club Charts (this is the Australian equivalent to Billboard). I knew I needed an artist name so I could continue this momentum so I ran with “owie” stemming from my last name Payne, and a bandaid logo because music has always been something that has healed me. I started getting gigs out here in Denver and more attention after another successful collaboration with UK’s up and coming producer SUBSHIFT as “In My Bag” got signed to Hood Politics Records. Though my vocals were landing me on the charts, I hadn’t let my production skills shine until Caddy Shack Records signed “Gone”. Still have alot of unreleased originals that I’m finally ready to shop around to other labels but thrilled by all the opportunities that have landed me gigs not only in Denver but across the country. Also very excited about my recent side project “Shady Jones” which is a project by me and Rein Tahk. We recently entered and won a contest with Dirtybird records landing “iComputer” on Dirtybird’s Birdfeed.

Please talk to us about your music.
When it comes to vocals I like to write from experience or tell a true story through my lyrics. I think that if I share my story in some way the listeners can also resonate with that. When it comes to production, I keep it fun with heavy funk influence with a touch of bass house to keep you moving on the dance floor. However, the Shady Jones project is a bit more dark but is an outlet for me to let those emotions out in a creative way. You can check out both “owie” and “Shady Jones” on Spotify

So, as we mentioned to our audience earlier, you were introduced to us by Brandon Colby and we really admire them and what they’ve built. For folks who might not be as familiar, can you tell them a bit about your experience with Brandon.
When I first met Brandon, I was just getting started as “owie” out here in Denver. We were both hungry to make it in our creative outlets and not to mention an awesome dude, we hit it off instantly. I could see that Brandon was all in on photography and ready to take it to the next level much like I was ready to do the same with music. We started with just a press shoot, actually in a sewer drain near my house, but the shots came out amazing. With press shots, I could finally throw together an EPK to hunt for more bookings. Brandon came out to every show and took killer photos of the events that really helped me build some buzz around my bookings. We told each other early on that we wanted to grow together and do this. Here we are about a year later still working together and I’ve brought him out to out-of-state bookings like Pitch A Tent festival in Arizona to capture my set on the main stage. I’ve also recommended Brandon to many of my producer/dj homies to get him some extra business and also allow the other artist to have content necessary to grow in this highly competitive market. I’m excited to see what the future holds as Rein Tahk and I have started a record label, Mad Sus Records and have made Brandon Colby our goto photographer for all events and press photos.





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All photos were provided by Brandon Colby @bcolbyphoto

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