Interview – Andy Brown

Interview By: Jenna Melanson
Photo Credit: Meghan O’Neil (Violet Vale Productions)

Folk Rock singer/songwriter, Andy Brown has been busy preparing for the release of his third album, “Seasons”, which was just released on August 18, 2015. See our review HERE! If you’re able to see Andy live at any of his upcoming tour dates, which can be found HERE, you definitely should.I was able to ask Andy a series of questions about his new album, the tour and much more, so keep reading to find out more about this Fredericton NB based artist!

You released your new album, “Seasons” on August 18, would you say your sound has changed at all between Tinman and Seasons?

Definitely. I am constantly trying to re-invent myself with each new album, and this was certainly the case with ‘Seasons’. Under the skilled production of Daniel Ledwell at his studio in Lake Echo, NS, I was able to achieve a new, more dynamic sound than I have in the past.

You released the first single from “Seasons”, entitled “Run” a few days ago, what made you choose this track as the first single?

There’s an energy about that song that I am really excited about, and that I can’t wait for everyone to hear! Also, lyrically it encompasses the overall theme of the album… ‘a change of the seasons has torn us apart’…

Can you explain to us your writing process?

When I’m writing a song, I like to start with a vocal melody and a couple of key words, and build the guitar structure around that. Once I have a few words or phrases, and a guitar riff that I’m happy with, it’s time to really dive emotionally headfirst into the lyrics. Sometimes, songs finish quickly, and other times, they take years. And even then, very few of them ever see the light of day. Also, I only try to write when I’m feeling inspired. If I feel like I’m forcing it, that’s when the acoustic goes back in the case.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

I pull inspiration mostly from past experiences, but sometimes I don’t know where it comes from. But when it does come, I do everything I can to try to not lose that moment.

“Seasons” was produced by Daniel Ledwell, and features Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!), Jenn Grant & Tim Chaisson, what was it like working with these people on the album?

Working with Daniel Ledwell on this album was a truly amazing experience. Not only is he a great producer with very unique ideas, he is also an incredibly talented musician and basically the nicest guy in the music business. Coupled with the fact that I had the privilege of working with such talented artists on this album, I couldn’t be happier.

Are there any other Canadian artists/ bands that you’d like to work with in the future?

Half Moon Run.

You will be embarking on an album release tour with dates all over Canada, is there a stop you are most excited for?

Truthfully, anywhere on the east coast.  No matter where I’m at out on the road, I never forget the place I call home. I loved growing up on the east coast, and find that when I’m away from it for too long, I miss everything about it! The people, the trees… the beer. Not to mention the fact that it has the best music community anywhere in the world. I love playing here. And I always will.

Are there any stops you wish you could make but weren’t able on this tour?

I always wish there were more stops! In particular though, I wish that I could have made it to Cape Breton on this tour. It’s so beautiful there!

For someone who has yet to see you live, what should be expected from an Andy Brown show?

Lyrics that come directly from the heart without compromise.

If you were able to tour with any other Canadian bands/ artists, which would you choose?

Bahamas

Here at Canadian Beats we like to include a portion of questions that may help your fans learn something new about you, so here goes:

What was the last concert you attended as a fan?

Shakey Graves / John Butler Trio at the 2015 Calgary Folk Fest in Calgary, AB

If you were asked to do a cover song, which song would you choose?

I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt – that’s my favourite song of all time.

What is your favourite Summertime activity?

Hiking and camping. I love being outdoors.

What is your favourite Summertime treat?

Cotton Candy Ice Cream. Delicious.

What is one thing that you must have with you when you go on tour?

Lots and lots of socks. A lot of them.

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to the readers?

Answer: Without all of you, none of this would be possible, so please spread the love if you like what you hear. Thanks for listening.

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