Touring on any level is always a team effort. Every person on the road fills a certain space and serves a specific purpose to help keep the machine moving. Accordingly, we’ve provided an introduction to the Colony House touring crew below. Let’s start with the band.
First up, Will Franklin Chapman, the self-proclaimed backbone of Colony House aka ”the drummer.” Known for his partiality to anything baggy, torn, and altogether ratty, some would say Will brings an organic vibe to the band. Although his outer appearance might communicate carefreeness, Will is always the one making sure we are where we need to be when we need to be there. Will is a good man and he is passionate about what he does. If you ever get a chance to see him play drums no doubt he will prove it to you.
Next is Scottie Mills – the guitarist. On the road Scott definitely does the best at keeping himself in ship shape. Never once has there been a poorly folded t-shirt in his bag, nor a hair out of place atop his head. If you catch him drinking on the road it is probably from a water bottle filled with Emergen-C to avoid sickness. Unlike Will, he is not necessarily known for being on time. However, he is there when it counts and that is all that matters. Scottie is a great friend to all and keeps everyone laughing out here on the road.
I, Caleb Chapman, make up the final third of Colony House. (At this point I relinquish my rights to write my own summary and turn over the computer to my band mate Scott. His account of my character is as follows).
In Caleb’s free time he can be found staring out the window of the van dreaming up a radical video idea, acquiring a taste for coffee, or starting sentences with, “so guys I was watching this foreign film…” Our frontman also has a not-so-hidden talent I affectionately call “Caleb-rigging” in which he creates or sustains something with semi-stability out of duct tape and cardboard. Caleb is a leader and visionary and a very good lad to be in a band with.
Next we come to Stewart Doka or “Dokes” as we like to call him. Dokes is the kindest soul this side of heaven and has been playing bass with us for nearly 2 years. In that time we’ve discovered he may be the perfect person to tour with. He is constantly looking for ways to help out, he is a peace maker when conflict arrises, and never complains (UNLESS we have to eat at Jimmy Johns). His skill set outside of slapping the bass includes: film photography, coffee flavor analysis, van DJ, and Google Maps expert. We love Dokes and are super thankful for all the time he has put into/up with this band.
Last, but certainly not least, Thomas Dulin is the newest addition to the Colony House touring crew. Thomas is our tour manager and sound engineer and his job is to make sure we are on time everywhere we go and that we sound good when we play our songs. Thomas is extremely detail oriented, which is a huge plus for this bunch of spacey artists, and consistently goes out of his way to take care of us. He is currently single and very skilled at asking questions. We are still learning more about what makes Thomas tick, but so far it seems that working with people he loves and believes in does it for him.