Ron Slomowicz: Before you were a porn star you were a singer and a recording artist. How did you get started as a musician? What inspired you to make music?
Colton Ford: I think I've always had it in me. I was performing and singing, ever since I could get up. When I started at school I started to get into music. I played the violin and guitar and subsequently started singing in choirs and all that kind of good stuff. So it's just something that I always felt and I always wanted to do.
RS: So how did you pursue your the musical dreams?
Colton: When I got out of high school, my family really tried to dissuade me from getting into music as a profession, so I started going to college. I landed a gig in a dinner theater nightclub where they had six singers a night perform musicals and contemporary music. I got that gig and by the end of the semester my full class load was down to one class. I got into a jazz quartet and we opened for Wayland Flowers and Madame and David Brenner. We did Las Vegas and then hit the jazz club scene in Los Angeles. When I moved to Los Angeles, I was in a nightclub and heard Dawna Montell spinning. I befriended her and she heard my music and got me to a girl named Romey who actually has been my manager off and on ever since 1986. At that time, Romey was with Formula One which was Jon St. James' production company, and he did Stacey Q, Bardeux and Louis Louis and they were looking for a male vocalist so I got a gig and had a single called "The Hardline" back in '86 or '87. I performed here and aborad and that really got me going. A year and a half later, I signed to Mighty Productions, which was a production company that Michael O'Hara and Denise Rich owned. At that time I was working with a producer who was co-producing Frankie Knuckles' second album and they were looking for a male vocalist, then I got that gig. I started working on that album but there was a conflict of interest with the record label Virgin. They were having a hard time with me being a white guy and being the front singer for Frankie Knuckles so I eventually got replaced by Adeva, but that was my first foray into major labels. Then about four years later I had another deal on the table with Virgin, interestingly enough, and so I started working on an album for that deal. Then there was a major upheaval at the label and I got shelved. In between that I had a deal in progress with Third Stone, but that company folded before the album was finished. So I've been pursuing it ever since and at the time that I decided to do adult films, my music was kind of stagnant but I did get to stir the pot a little bit though.
RS: How did you make the move from music to porn?
Colton: I was dating Blake Harper who was at the top of his game in the porn world. I had done some nude modeling up to that point and we were both going out to Palm Springs. He was going out to film a scene and I was going out to pose for Jeff Palmer for a calendar. Blake's scene partner couldn't get out to Palm Springs because it was shortly after September 11 and he could not get out here from New York, so Blake asked if I wanted to do it. At the time I was in a corporate job and I was not happy. I was bored and stagnant musically, nothing was going on so I thought what the hell. I was thirty-nine years old and it afforded me the opportunity to leave corporate America and create Colton Ford that I could draw attention to. I had tried it all the traditional ways and I didn't get what I needed at the end of the day so I figured hey, I might as well experience the insanity and see if I could create something in the process that might do something. So I went for it.