BRÅVES – A Toast
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) How would you describe your sound?
A) We sound like a post-apocalyptic Beach Boys.
Q) Who are some of your musical influences?
A) So, so many. Too many to list them all. But a few of our top influences are Queen, Prince and Peter Gabriel.
Q) Talk about the story behind your new song “A Toast.” What do you think it is about the song that fans connect to?
A) We wrote “A Toast” about one of those toxic relationships that is painful, but you wouldn’t take it back. I think fans really connect to the lyrical content of the song. Everyone knows a champagne hangover sucks.
Q) What is your song writing process? Do you need music before you can create lyrics?
A) We start from scratch every time. The three of us sit down. Thorald starts playing the keys, Isaac starts singing and I start refining the melodies. Then, we write lyrics, cut vocals and I produce the track.
Q) How much of hand do you have in the production of your music?
Q) What can fans expect from a live BRAVES performance?
A) Well, you can check out the live footage on YouTube. We perform in the middle of a dome with overhead projections streaming down over us and the crowd. It’s immersive and overwhelming.
Q) What songs off your debut album are you looking forward to performing live?
A) I really like “Me The Thief” live. The brothers sound really good singing it and I have a lot of fun throwing delays and such. Lots of open space to work with.
Q) Where are some of your favorite places to perform and what makes those locations so significant to you?
A) We prefer to play music in spaces with natural acoustics and curved ceilings for us to immerse the audience in moving imagery. Some examples would be geodesic dome in DTLA, The Guggenheim Museum in NYC, The Hammer Museum in LA, the crypt of St. John the Divine in Harlem and the Sydney Opera House.
Q) Who would you most like to collaborate with on a song in the future?
A) Mura Masa, Adele, Tycho, Isa ‘The Machine’ Summers, Noelle from Fitz and The Tantrums and Kacy Hill.
Q) What album/band are you currently listening to and why do you dig them?
A) I’m currently loving listening to Kurt Vile. He’s like a modern day Petty. Great songwriting and classic guitar parts.
Q) You are a part of social media. Why is that such an important way for you to connect with your fans?
A) It allows us to express ourselves every day in a visual way. It’s an interesting way to communicate with fans.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) We’d like to thank you for listening and supporting and sharing our music. You enable us to do this.