Six Questions With Brynn Elliott
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Next in the hot seat is Boston-based indie pop-rock singer Brynn Elliott. We have not had the privilege of featuring Brynn Elliott here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with her, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
My genre is pop rock. It’s pop production, but more of a rock show live. I play guitar and piano. I began playing music in high school in Atlanta when I was applying to college. My life felt like a resume, so teaching myself how to play guitar on YouTube was a really great way to decompress at the end of the day. I came to Boston in high school for a program at Harvard. That’s really where I began songwriting and it was the first place I ever played music in front of people for a talent show. So in many ways, Boston feels like my adopted hometown because it’s where I really became an artist.
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
My favorite way of interacting with fans is definitely at shows! Meeting fans face to face is so exciting. It so wonderful to hear people’s stories, and hear how the music your making is really relating to them and helping them through different situations in their lives.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
I think its a question of authenticity. I never want to be too comfortable with the songs I’m writing or with anything I put in there. I have to make sure that what I sing and how I make it is absolutely true to myself and where I am at creatively. And sometimes, where I am at is really just embracing the fact that I love making pop music!
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
It would be my song “Might Not Like Me.” My whole life I have struggled with living in a state of fear about what other people think of me. And this song really is a reminder to myself to not live in that fear anymore, so in more ways, than one it is empowering to me. I would feel grateful to be able to sing it for the rest of my life.
Instead of sharing that track, I wanted to share this new acoustic track (“Psycho Stupid Crazy”) Brynn Elliott recorded in Boston:
This video was shot in Boston because I’ve lived there for the past three years and these songs came from my experience in this city. I love Boston because it’s so rich in history and diversity. I feel constantly inspired by it. We shot “Psycho Stupid Crazy” in an alleyway that’s famous, called Graffiti Alley. This seemed like the perfect location because it’s dark and moody like the song. I wrote “Psycho Stupid Crazy” about that moment when you stalk your ex on social media. It’s a commentary on how social media keeps us connected to those we should be letting go.
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
I think playing live shows. I have done a lot of this in the past and I think its a very doable thing for artists today because I think people are craving live music. So if you have songs that are meaningful, chances are they will be meaningful to others.
I hope to record a full-length album and be able to go on a tour with that album.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I am currently in my senior year at Harvard University. The academic community is definitely the community outside music that inspires me. These past 4 years I have been able to build up a bank of songwriting ideas from books I’ve read and classes I’ve taken. This experience will continue to influence me and I hope to never be too far from this community.