TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview, this time with the bubbly, young, indie pop star, Brie! You can see Brie live in a city near you this summer on the Road Warrior Tour alongside Jesse Lopez!
Brie has opened for Aaron Carter on his tour across the U.S., was named ‘Breakout Pop Artist of the Year’ in 2014, was a finalist in the 2015 Recording Academy’s Grammy Showcase, wrote and record with Alex Cantrall (JoJo, Dru Hill,) and is currently recording her new album with Billy Chapin of the Backstreet Boys, and Yoad Nevo of Sia!
Additionally, as a part of the non-profit, Musicians On Call, Brie visits patients in hospitals and plays her songs to lift their spirits. Her incredible energy and ever-present smile are almost as infectious as her catchy, hook driven songs.
Brie’s sophomore album is set to be released in June 2015, she is embarking on her third tour across the U.S. this summer with Jesse Lopez, hitting 20 cities from Florida to California, and her song ‘Dive In’ is in the recently released movie, Cowgirls And Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer!
Let’s check out her song “War Child” below!
*NOW HERE’S OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRIE*
1. What’s your bands name? Where did the name come from?
My band name is just my name; Brie. :) it came from my Mom and Dad thinking it was a pretty cool name. :)
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
This is such a great question! My biggest struggle has been battling with myself. I go through phases where I’m really confident and really determined and feeling really good about my music and what direction I’m going in. But then there are other days where I don’t believe in myself and question why I’m doing what I’m doing. And then I remember that I do what I do because I am in love with it, and want to inspire people. There is nothing in the world I would rather be doing. I know my music can make a difference in the world, but sometimes I just need to remind myself of that. Failing and failing and failing again may feel like the worst, but it’s a blessing in disguise. Every failure, I learn something new about myself, and it fuels me to work harder and harder at what I do. Nothing worth having comes easy, and this career path is definitely not an easy one, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. :)
My biggest accomplishment would have to be when one of my fans was in a really dark place in their life, and messaged me about it. Their friend gave me their phone number, and I got to talk to them on the phone for a while. They told me how inspirational my music was, and how it’s gotten them out of tough times before. At the end of the conversation, they told me that they were going to get help, and since then, they’ve been doing so much better. It still leaves me just speechless and humbled that my music resonates with such amazing people. <3
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
I play guitar, a bit of piano, and ukulele.
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
I used to write poetry all the time. I loved it. And I was in chorus since kindergarten, so I’ve always loved singing. At the end of High School, I started taking my music career really seriously. I realized this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My first real song I wrote was about a boy from Australia that I met, and even thought I only saw him for one day, I swore I was madly in love. So the next day, I bought a guitar and taught myself simple chords, and ended up writing my first song, which was so so so cheesy and lovey dovey. Genre wise; I used to want to be on Disney Channel when I was younger, so my sound was complete bubble gum pop. I worked with a Disney producer for a while, and I loved it at the time. But as I would keep writing and writing new songs and touring the country and experiencing new things and new music, my style changed to more of an organic-90’s indie pop vibe, and I feel more comfortable now than I’ve ever felt with my sound. I love it.
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
My first tour was with Aaron Carter. Which was huge for me, my music, and my fan base. It really helped me with my stage presence and my confidence, and I really think it shaped me into the performer I am today. I think every tour I go on really shapes me into who I am, and I know I’m forever changing, and I’m more than okay with that.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
Yes! I released my first EP titled ‘Hello’ in 2013 I believe. It was full of pop songs, and I am really proud of it. Right now, I’m working on my new EP titled ‘Jewels’, which hopefully will be out by the end of this year. :)
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
I do! I collaborated with my good friend Jesse Lopez on one if his songs which was fun, I also co-wrote a song with Jose and Mary, and it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. I’d love to co-write with many many many more artists and songwriters and producers, I think it’s so inspiring and such a great learning experience.
Here’s their song, “Dive In”!
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
I’ve performed at a lot of places, but a few of my favorites have been the Recording Academy’s Florida Grammy Showcase, performing in hospitals as a part of Musicians On Call, opening up for Aaron Carter on tour, and playing a show with all rappers in Miami was a really awesome experience too!
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
This is tricky, because this is hard work that takes time and patience, but it has to be done. I email and call venues to book shows, and post my music and shows on a few websites and my social media sites to promote my music. My recommendation to artists is to do your research on the venues before you contact them, and make sure they respect their artists. Also, when booking a tour, give yourself more than 6 months to book it so you have time to promote, and get the word out there in each city you’re playing. Contact magazines, news papers, indie radio stations, local bands, anyone you can to get the word out there. :) Also: sponsors! Look into getting some sponsors that give you free or reduced price items in exchange for you promoting them on your social media sites.
10. Do you have any mottos?
Treat others as you’d like to be treated. Be kind, always. Everything great happens outside of your comfort zone. Anything is possible.
11. What artists inspire you?
Ed Sheeran, Passenger, ZZ Ward, Demi Lovato, The Beatles, and Tori Kelly.
12. What’s next for your band?
I’m moving to LA in August, so I’m really excited to play shows, start recording with some awesome producers, and to start a band. :)
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
Traveling, or spending time with my family. I love them so incredibly much.
14. What’s your favorite song right now?
Where Are U Now by Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo, and all of them. Also, I’m A Mess by Ed Sheeran, as well as You Need Me, I Don’t Need You by Ed Sheeran.
Huge thank you to Brie for taking her time to do this interview for all of us!
Once again, you can see Brie live in a city near you this summer on the Road Warrior Tour alongside Jesse Lopez! Check out his interview with TMG here!
Check out more of Brie and her music through the links below!