Codacolor is the solo project of John Atkinson, a prolific singer/songwriter from Stockport. He is a melancholic performer with an expressive voice who writes emotive stories and explores a huge range of themes within his songs.

“…we saw him play at an open mic and loved his voice. It reminded us of Gavin Clark who was the singer in Sunhouse — a favourite of ours at the time”. Colin McLeod

In conversation with Bob

3 songs or albums you could not do without and why?

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
Johnny Marr's melancholic guitar and Morrissey's unusual melodies.

Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Inspiring, intimate and uniquely beautiful.

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
The space between the notes.

Who are you listening to right now? 

Damien Jurado
Red House Painters
Michael Clark
Gillian Welch
I Am Kloot
Elliott Smith
John Martyn

What does the next 12 months hold for you? 

Colin and myself are working on a number of tunes together, really stripped back to just me on guitar and him on piano. I just want it to be about the songs without any smoke and mirrors. Some of my favourite albums are just like that, such as Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen - an album Norman Mcleod introduced me to. He always had great recommendations.

How did you get into making music

I picked up guitar in my early 20's, I’ve always sung but playing guitar gave me a way to accompany myself. As I started quite late, I’ve always felt like I’ve been playing catch-up but I’ve never been interested in becoming a great guitarist. All I want to do is write songs and melodies that I would want to listen to myself.

Your next release?

Summer 2019!

Release history

House on the Hill (EP) – 2017

What do you like to write about?

Mainly my own experiences, but sometimes I have no idea where the words come from or who they are about.


Play a sample of each track below -  follow the Spotify link at the bottom of the page to stream the full track.