Colin's other main passion outside of journalism is music.
Having been taught the violin from age 6, Colin went on to learn the guitar, banjo and drums as he progressed through primary and secondary school - and very nearly decided on a career in the profession.
Despite growing up with parents who enjoyed classical and Scottish folk music, Colin's taste eventually steered towards the metalcore and pop-punk genre of metal, stemming originally from his early teenage years of listening to Linkin Park.
At present, Colin is in three musical ventures: Motion Scoundrel, Llama Bonanza and No Mercy Tom. Motion Scoundrel is an entirely self-made deathcore project, with a published EP; Llama Bonanza - in which Colin is both vocalist and guitarist - are a three-piece pop-punk/metal hybrid, with an album and stand-alone singles released; and No Mercy Tom - in which Colin is also a vocalist and guitarist - is a three-piece metalcore band, with an album 'Second Sight' now streaming on Spotify.
Click below if you dare to listen, or search on Spotify.