We had the good fortune of connecting with Collin Deatherage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Collin, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
All my life people always told me to have a backup plan. Go to school, study something that will pay the bills in case what you want to do doesn’t work out. I always felt that in some way that was planning to fail. I’ve essentially left myself no choice but to make my business work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m in the rock n roll business which has a history and image of being a pretty self destructive environment. In my case though being a rock performer has actually proved to be my saving grace. Before moving to Los Angeles I had more than my fair share of self destruction, I was a one of those reckless, nihilistic, kids who saw rock n roll as a portal to mayhem, bad choices and very dangerous situations – many of which were extremely self-limiting and at their worst – life threatening. However, at eighteen I came to realize nothing good was going to come down the path of self harm. In 2010 a girl I had grown up partying with came home to visit and told me all about how she had moved to Los Angeles and had gotten sober and how great the sober community was there. I was blown away that she had two years of sobriety and that it happened in place like Los Angeles, always represented to as a bastion of excess and bad choices. I thought well, if she can do it then maybe I can too. She offered to take me with her and helped introduce me to the sober community here in Los Angeles. Frankly She saved my life. She and I both knew I would have been dead inside of three years if I stayed where I grew up.
Through my music, lyrics and performing I found an outlet that connects me to my past as it lays the foundation for my future. Being in The War Toys and having a band to play with has given me far more than just a platform for my music. Being with my band has given me a family, a home, a community, a purpose, and a mission. I hope my words and music connect with others like me who may be still lost in their reckless youth or even those perhaps a bit older looking for ways keep walking the line. In some ways we are all misfits and I hope my music brings us together so we don’t feel so alone when times get tough.
The War Toys are still a relatively new band and we are building our fan base and expanding our reach and we have a long way to before I or anyone would categorize us as a real success story yet- so I can say none it is easy but all of it is worth it. But I am most proud of the fact that The War Toys are such a connected band of musicians and friends. We have been very dedicated to each other, the music and the fans through good and lean times. Especially with this past year and the Covid shutdown. Since we couldn’t play any shows we focused our energy on our new as yet untitled LP. In the coming weeks we are going to shoot a video for our song Cranberries. And now that LA is opening back up we can’t wait to get back on stage and play shows in our local scene in L.A. and start touring again. So fingers crossed we have a busy summer ahead.
Along the way I learned that no matter how far down the wrong the path you think you may have gone you can always stop and turn yourself around. You Can always move towards healthier choices. You just have to keep going, give it your all and believe you can do it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are a ton of iconic skate spots in la, as well as skate parks and plazas so that’s a must. I’m addicted to tacos tu madre so we gotta go there. I’d eat it every day if I could. I don’t drink or anything like that but I’m a hell of a babysitter. I usually take my friends from out of town to speak easies. They always like that. I like to go to a lot of the local low key shows and see up and coming bands. But if I’m being honest I often end up making some form of the general touristy trot through the city. I try to make sure me make the museums and the arts district. I figure if it’s your first time in LA and you wanna go see that side of the city I’ll go see it again with you. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many people to thank for the support I’ve been given over the years. I’ve struggled most of my life with health issues that have held me back a great deal at times. However I’ve always had a lot of people in my life who pointed out my potential and kept me pushing forward in the times when I couldn’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel. In no particular order I would like to thank my mother Katherine Aurora Fisher, Allison Carter, Annie Hardy of Guant Drag. Jordan Palmer and Steven Tuminello of The War Toys. Thomas Rojo of pattern recording studio also of The War Toys, Brian Peyton of HQ Audio, Dan Castle, Phil Mangio of PM studios/ PM production. I know I’m missing some, I could go all day. I’m very thankful for the people around me who believe in me.