Interview – Andy Brown

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Andy Brown, contemporary folk rock artist from Fredericton, New Brunswick has worked hard and has it ever paid off. He has emerged as a must see, and hear performer on the Canadian music scene.

His album, False Alarm, which was released in 2009, with such hits as Crazy and Ashes, opened up many opportunities for this maritime artist. His song, Ashes, was featured in an episode of Rookie Blue, the ABC original show. Following the episode, Andy’s song and album landed at #1 on iTunes Canada singer-songwriter chart and Ashes reached #2 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart in the United States.

Now, set to release his new album, Tinman on April 26, 2013, the anticipation is growing, wondering what musical gems he has come up with now! You can pre-order the album on his website, www.andybrown.ca with many different packages available. I recommend you go check that out!

Now Andy, it’s a pleasure to have this chance to do an interview with you, thank you for your time.

First of all, you are from the Maritimes, New Brunswick to be exact, how would you say the music scene is in these areas?

AB: I think that the East Coast has an incredible music scene. So many amazing artists…

You had your song, Ashes, featured on an episode of one of my favorite television shows, Rookie Blue, how did that come about?

AB: I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful music supervisor by the name of David Hayman at the ECMA’s in Charlottetown in 2011 and gave him a copy of my False Alarm album. Within a week of that meeting, I was told that ‘Ashes’ had been placed in the upcoming season!

What did it feel like to hear your song on television?

AB: It’s a really overwhelming feeling when you first hear your song on a major network TV show, because you know that at that very moment, your music and your lyrics are being heard by roughly 10 million people at the same time. Not only that, but it’s particularly nerve-wrecking when that scene happens to be a long-awaited love scene between two of the main characters…

Your first album, False Alarm, did very well on the charts, and the fans absolutely love it, but I want to know, what song from that album is your favorite to perform live?

AB: ‘False Alarm’ is an album that I am really proud of, and a lot of the songs are ones that I know I will be playing for years to come. In particular, I’d have to say that one song that always makes the set-list is the song ‘Crazy’. A lot of energy in that song, and just a great way to kick off the night!

Your new album, Tinman is set to be released this month, if you could explain the content in only 3 words, what would you say? Remember you are trying to convince people that they want to buy this album.

AB: Never. Give. Up.

Where is your favorite place to perform, as of now?

AB: To be honest, performing anywhere, anytime is my favourite place to perform.

Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with in the future?

AB: On my new record, I was lucky enough to collaborate with some of my favourite Canadian songwriters, including John-Angus MacDonald from The Trews, Damhnait Doyle, David Myles, and my musical brother from another mother, Tim Chaisson. In the future, I’d love a chance to write with Jenn Grant (who sings on track # 3 ‘Echoes’), Feist, Dan Mangan, Justin Rutlidge, and my new pal Hawksley Workman… I think there would be some great collaborations there!

How important is social media to the music industry these days?

AB: Social Media is critical to the music industry, and always will be. Connecting with fans directly is truly what it’s all about for today’s DIY, Independent musician!

In every interview I’ve done, I set aside a portion for fun , random questions, so here goes:

What is the first album you remember buying?

AB: Coldplay – A Rush of Blood To The Head

In your spare time, what could we find you doing?

AB: Spare time… not really sure what that is exactly. My spare time involves writing songs, or playing guitar!

What is your current go to song?

AB: My current go to song is by Passenger… ‘Let Her Go’. I love that tune.

Now, it’s time for THIS OR THAT:

Coca Cola OR Pepsi?

AB: Coca Cola. No substitute. I’m drinking one right now as I do this interview!

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

AB: Both of them together. AKA Peanut Butter Cups. So good.

Cats or Dogs?

AB: Dogs. Cat’s don’t seem to like me that much. I find them to be a bit snobby. Cats that act like dogs though… now we’re talking!

Television or Movies?

AB: I like both to be honest. But if I had to pick, I’d say Television… my attention span is a little short to sit through an entire movie.

Facebook or Twitter?

AB: Facebook. Unless they keep changing it on a daily basis like they have been lately.

Batman or Superman?

AB: Superman all the way. My cash box that I use for merch is a Superman lunchbox. 

Morning or Night?

AB: Night. I hate mornings. 

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.

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