Hey VGHL!!!!! Hope you all are having a splendid week!!
I sure know i am and here i am today with the 11th installment of Hanging with Budz!!!!
This week brings us to sunny Los Angeles!!
Budz: Hey man and welcome to Hanging with Budz my longtime online buddy ColBin!!! How are you this evening? Col4bin : Hey Budz, I'm doing well. Excited to be here. Always a pleasure to hang out with you! Budz : Great to hear man! Please tell the VGHL community a bit about yourself for the ones who don't know you as there is lots that do being a VG veteran. Age, where you're from etc. Nothing to crazy. Col4bin : Born in New Jersey. (Ewww!) Went to college in Vermont to start a band. Lol. Found success and am currently the frontman for the band Twiddle which is the band I started in college. That was in 2004. Fast forward to now and we're still together and touring. Currently no tours due to the pandemic. So I grew a shit ton of weed. Can we talk about that here? rofl joy Budz : I mean it's all in the title man haha you are hanging with Budz after all! I rolled one before we got started brother it's all good. A musician you say? How long have you been doing music? Is it something you picked up in your childhood or later on in life? Col4bin : It's definitely always been a passion but one I didn't really take seriously until high school. Budz : Thats awesome man what is your genre? Who has been your biggest influences in music? Col4bin : Ultimately we're a jam band. Biggest influence would have to be Trey Anastasia from Phish. Budz : That's cool. You said earlier you do tours, where have you toured too? What is by far your most favourite place, city to jam in or at? Col4bin : We've been all over the US and were supposed to play our first 2 shows in Canada this past summer but covid happened. Favorite place to play? So far Red Rocks in Colorado takes the cake. Budz : OHH please share why this place is your favourite my man? What other cool interesting things have you seen while touring? Col4bin : I mean have you seen pictures of it? It's a sight to behold for sure! Add in a full crowd and it's electrifying to say the least. It's also an outdoor venue which I happen to be partial to. Coolest thing that's happened on tour to date would have to be getting to play Kurt Cobain's guitar. That's an experience I'll likely not forget anytime soon. Budz : That is fricken awesome I must say so myself man! The legend Kurt Cobain! I hope you still make it up to Canada and come visit my home town! So do you just sing or do you play an instrument as well? Col4bin : Sing and play guitar. Budz : Wicked dude! What type of guitar or all? Col4bin : Martin Acoustic guitars and I've got 3 custom builds that I absolutely love! One is a Becker Hornet and the other 2 are both DGN guitars. Budz : Really cool man and I hope to catch you live! Is your music on spotify? If so let the community know how to find you again! Col4bin : It sure is. We're on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, YouTube, etc.... Budz : Please share the name again for anyone who didn't catch it earlier. lol Col4bin : Band's name is Twiddle. I also just released a solo album earlier this year. My name is Mihali Savoulidis. Budz : Awesome! Make sure to check them and him out VGHL! Col4bin : Oh yeah, Kings Szn! LOL. Budz : Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself man now on to the reason we are here!!!! The VGHL and Season 20! How long have you been playing online and in the VGHL? Also, how did you find a love for hockey? Col4bin : I've loved hockey for as long as I can remember honestly. Life was hard growing up as a Rangers Fan. Started skating when I was 3 and played pretty much my entire life growing up and into college. Some beer leagues here and there but not much time for that these days. I started playing online on Xbox 360. I want to say 2009? Lol. VGHL, I've played on and off for a handful of years as scheduling has allowed. Budz : This season had you starting out in Washington. How was that experience and whats it like being back home in LA? Col4bin : If I'm being honest, short lived. There were some internal issues early on that I noticed before the season started and saw the writing on the wall so to speak. Respectfully asked for a trade and lucked out that the Kings wanted me back. Had a lot of fun last season there and am stoked to be back! (Thanks again Rollerpig and Guiskii!!!!) I mean, tacos from LA are legendary the world over! Lol. Budz : Good to hear! What are your goals in LA this season team wise and personal wise? Col4bin : Obviously the team goal is to hoist the cup. Personal wise? Just to play smart, two way hockey and get dubs! Have some fun along the way and not get released! Lmao! Budz : Some players and managers around the league say if the Kings want to be a true contender, they need to upgrade your spot on RD? That you don't have what it takes to lock down the top players. How would you address these comments? Col4bin : I'd say look at my record at RD. Should speak for itself. Budz : Fair Enough! And your play speaks louder than words ever will! Do you think as it stands now, you have the roster that can and will get you to the cup? Col4bin : I think we can absolutely contend. We're our own worst enemy. Lol. We just have to play smart and play together. For the record, I'd say I'm far from being the issue. Budz : Who would you say on the Kings is that game changer, that one you look to for that all important big goal or play? Col4bin : I'm honestly not a big fan of putting some guys over others but if I had to choose one from our roster it's gonna be Guiskiii. Guy's an absolute stud! Budz : Being on the Pacific, who do you view as the biggest challenge and hurdle to get over to make it to the finals? Col4bin : Obviously San Jose. Those boys are winning games left and right. You guys over there in Edmonton are right in front of us in the standings so you're our current target. Lol. Can't count out Vancouver and Las Vegas yet either as they're right behind us in the standings. Budz : Looks like you have a nice tight Western Conference playoff battle going should be interesting all the way to the end for sure!!! I will be keeping an eye out on how the Kings finish!! Thanks for taking the time to hangout and chat with me Col! Any last words for the community? Col4bin : It was truly my pleasure Budz! This was fun! As for the rest of the community? Not too much honestly. Y'all are great! Keep it classy boys! Good luck to all with the rest of the season! (Unless you're standing in the way of the LA Kings..)