Brinn Black Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International
Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Answer: Well hi new fans! :) I usually say it’s a mix between Kelly Clarkson and Sugarland. I gravitate toward music that means something, whether it’s a singalong anthem that makes you forget about your worries, or a gut wrenching song that you need to wallow in on a bad day. To me,music is the most powerful force out there besides love, and I am so grateful that I get to continue making it for people to hear.
Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Answer: The last year was amazing on so many levels. Some of the highlights for me were being in the studio and finishing these songs, randomly starting the book writing process (which has been SO fun), and filming my first music video. With my song, Daddy's Medicine in particular, it’s been amazing to see the song come to life this year and really start having a life of its own.
Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how's it doing?
Answer: I’m still working on the full cd, but my new single "Daddy's Medicine" just came out and I am blown away by the response from people and how they connect with the song.
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?
Answer: Like I mentioned, I’m still working on the full CD, but the title for the single “Daddy’s Medicine” came from a dark time in my life after my Dad’s alcoholism had gotten out of control and he was in rehab for the first time. The song has been a huge part of the healing for him, my family, and myself.
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding songs?
Answer: I do write my own songs both by myself and with friends of mine that I cowrite with.
Lamitschka: What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?
Answer: This new CD will be more diverse musically and personally than my last one. I am co-producing most of the songs which is a new first for me, and has been really fun. I am really proud of my last album, and I owe my career to it, but this time I hope people can say “wow that album is so Brinn” when they hear it.
Lamitschka: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?
Answer: I think people want to hear “Daddy’s Medicine” because they can say “Me Too” to it. Alot of people have said the song allows them to talk about their own family’s struggles for the first time in their life.
Lamitschka: What will your next single be?
Answer: We have a couple on deck to choose from and I’m playing them at shows to see which one the crowds seem to love more, so stay tuned!
Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
Answer: I mean, I’m a big loud singer, so anything I can belt, especially the dramatic songs are my favorites to record and are my guilty pleasures. On stage I like singing the fun uptempos more though.
Lamitschka: What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded?
Answer: Daddy’s Medicine is my favorite song so far that I have recorded. Mainly because it was a lifetime in the making.
Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?
Answer: 100% thank the Lord!
Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
I get inspired from artists from the Indigo Girls to Barbara Streisand and Garth Brooks to the Backstreet Boys. Mostly I connect with artists who are unapologetically 100% themselves, and that continues to inspire me to do the same.
Lamitschka: What do you think about today's music scene versus its psst and where do you see it going in the future?
Answer: I think today’s music scene is like the wild wild west in the very best way. As an artist, it is up to us to be the capitan’s of our ships and create our own paths in the music world, and that’s super exciting to me. I hope in the future we will see less divide between genres and just let music be music. I think people like music of all genres, so continuing to keep all of them compartmentalized seems like more work than it might be if we just all worked together.
Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?
Answer: Being on stage for sure! It is what made me want to be an artist and follow this dream, and still continues to do so.
Lamitschka: Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?
Answer: Last year, I launched a non-profit called The MusicPreneur Storehouse which invests in emerging artists and entrepreneurs in the Music Industry via financial and mentorship support, and also uses the time and talents of people in the music industry to serve other charitable organizations.
Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you into the music business?
Answer: I dont know that I’ve had one big break, but I moved to Nashville at 18 and never looked back. For me, I think alot of hard work leads to some small breaks which has gotten me where I am today.
Lamitschka: Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?
Answer: My friends and family have always been 100% supportive. I owe them everything.
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?
Answer: I dont know if it was an inspiration or a calling. Maybe a little of both. I just knew it in my heart from a young age that being an artist is who I am.
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become a songwriter?
Answer: After a few months of being in Nashville, a couple of my friends encouraged me to try to write songs since they always saw me writing in my journal. Within a week I had met a couple of new friends who were songwriters and were looking to write with other people. After our first writing session I was obsessed, and now it is something I have to do or I will internally combust. Hah! Its definitely the best form of therapy.
Lamitschka: What drives you?
Answer: That same “calling” Ive always had. Also, Not having a plan B.
Lamitschka: What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
Answer: I think just the fact that I’m me, and I hope that shows in my music. Of course there will always be similarities, with looks, sound etc, but at the end of the day I just want to sound like myself.
Lamitschka: What has been your greatest challenge in music business?
Answer: Keeping my dreams and career going when life is kicking my butt.
Lamitschka: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Answer: Im really proud of the team I have around me. It took a long time to see myself as worthy of having these incredible music business mavens on my team, so to be at a place where we are all working together and kicking butt feels amazing. Also, playing the Ryman is at the top of my list!
Lamitschka: Any thoughts of retirement ahead?
Answer: Only if they kick me out, and that might not even be enough to get me to get off this train. I love music and the music industry too much.
Lamitschka: Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Answer: Definitely me. I am a perfectionist to a huge fault, but I’m learning how to use it for my good now.
Lamitschka: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Answer: I love traveling, hanging out with my dog, reading, and watching movies. Im super normal.
Lamitschka: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?
Answer: Not really. I think everything that has got me here was for a purpose even if I don’t agree with the purpose, and I wouldn’t trade where I am in my life right now for anything in the world.
Lamitschka: What hopes and desires do you have?
Answer: I want to finish my album and spend my life performing for people. It’s that smple for me.
Lamitschka: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?
Answer: My fiancee died a few years ago and it wrecked me. Not only did it wreck me, but the grieving process has rebuilt me in a way that I never imagined, and even though I still have hard days when It feels like it just happened, I feel more myself than I ever have before.
Lamitschka: Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?
Answer: yes! I will be around CMA fest for sure. I dont have my schedule yet, but keep checking my Facebook page and my website for those updates. I also will be performing at the Lyrics On The Lake songwriters festival in Va as well as the Tailgates and Tallboys festival in September. More tour dates will be added soon as well.
Lamitschka: Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?
Answer: I would love to play the Opry! That is definitely at the top of my bucket list.
Lamitschka: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
Answer: Me and my band having a blast on stage!
Lamitschka: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?
Answer: Heck yea!! Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, so being able to do it and play music is like the best of both worlds to me.
Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
Yes! It is www.brinnblack.com
Lamitschka: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?
Answer: That seeing me follow my dream has inspired them to do the same. That’s what its all about to me.
Lamitschka: What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?
Answer: There are so many of them, but Jennette Mccurdy recorded a song I almost put on my last album called “Generation Love” and I still love that song so much!
Lamitschka: What message would you like to send your European fans?
Answer: That I can’t wait to meet them and give them a big hug!
Lamitschka: Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?
Answer: Oh gosh, I have so many. One time we had 11 shows in a day, and had to drive back 10 hrs through the night in our packed to the brim Chevy Tahoe, so we could open for Charlie Daniels. When we got to the festival, the sky opened up and everyone at the festival, including the artists, were crammed into a high school gym. The storm didn’t let out for 6 hours. It was one of the craziest 36 hrs ever!
Lamitschka: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.
Answer: For me it’s as simple waking up and getting to continue to make music. I love that every day is totally different for me, but as long as it incorporates music it is a perfect day in my book.
Lamitschka: Most careers don't last as long as yours. What's given your career the staying power?
Answer: I think the fact that I have good people around me and we all work really hard.
Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )