Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Total Brutal

Tell Us About:

Your latest single you have released:

My latest single is called “Had A Feeling” and it was produced by Jon Joseph. It’s about how to figure out what you believe in and then learn to stand up for even when it’s difficult.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

My first single was a song called “Willow.” I really enjoy the first time doing anything because I feel very little pressure to be perfect at that stage. Writing “Willow” was a really fun experience and gave me somewhere to direct my creative energy in the beginning stages of the pandemic. I learned a lot about working remotely and it was the first time I got to collaborate with my friends on my own project.   

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

I’ve only released singles up to this point but looking forward to releasing an album in 2022! I have a better understanding of which direction I want to take my music now and looking forward to sharing it with you. 

Your favourite song to play live:

Total Brutal was created during the pandemic and I haven’t had a chance to play live but I LOVE live music. I think “Egypt” will be really fun to work out live. Stacked harmonies and dance grooves are easily my favorite vibe.

Your most emotional track:

Without a doubt, “Had A Feeling” is my most emotional track. Just look at the name. So emo. I tend to lean more towards lighthearted and fun grooves so recording “Had A Feeling” was a stretch for me. I want to sharpen that skill. It’s important to me that as an artist, I can tap into any emotion I’m feeling and not just the easy ones. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

“If you’re running from the feeling then it’s just an escape and there’s nothing but your feet holding you place.” 

From a new song currently unreleased!

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

I can’t wait to walk on a stage again! I love the shared excitement you experience with your band mates and the audience. There’s so much build up and nerves and then it all releases once the show starts. I miss the connection I feel with the people I share the stage with during the show. Also, I just miss dancing. 

The hardest track to play live:

I have a feeling the bass line from “Egypt” will be pretty hard to sing and play at the same time. I’ll have to get in my laps practicing.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

I never leave home for tour without a good long book, heated blanket for the bus, portable oil diffuser and my spirit animal card deck. 

Describe your fans in three words: 

I’m a brand-new artist but I’ve been lucky to interact with some really supportive people. I appreciate the positivity and encouragement they offer. It’s hard in the beginning of any project to know if what you’re doing is reaching other people, but it does matter to me and I’m thrilled anytime someone shares a story about how they relate to the songs!

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa or “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers

What we can look forward to from you this year:

I’m refining and refining and getting closer to discovering my way! You can look forward to going through that process with me. Let me know what you like, what rings true to you and how it makes you feel! It’s all a process and I’m looking forward to sharing that process with you! EP to come!

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