The self-professed “rhythm & grunge” singer set to take over the world.
When you’re brought up listening to the rock greats, it’s no shock that at some point you’re going to want to give it a go yourself. Air-guitaring and miming your fave song in front of the mirror busting your best Mick Jagger moves is often the starting point for many, but for newcomer BRUNSWICK he was more of the type to recreate a drum solo on his classroom desk.
Now slightly older and migrating away from classroom furniture, the up and coming new star is gearing up for greatness. With only a few songs out in the world to hear, including his huge latest track “If.”, the future heartthrob is preparing to drop a fuller body of work later this year.
Eager to find out just what he has in store, we caught up with him to get the inside scoop.
What’s your first musical memory?
In primary school my parents had a meeting with the head of my year to talk about my constant drumming on the table during class, which led to them buying me a drum kit at age four which was the first instrument I learned.
Who did you grow up listening to?
Nirvana, AC/DC, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Guns N’ Roses, Groove Armarda, Aerosmith, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blur, Gorillaz, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Timbaland/Justin Timberlake, Marvin Gaye and too many more to mention.
Did those artists influence the music you make now?
Very much so, especially Nirvana.
How would you personally describe your music?
I like to think of my music as a fusion of genres… to pin it down to its simplest terms I’d have to say my self-titled sub genre of “Rhythm & Grunge” – or “R&G” – would be most appropriate to describe it musically as I’m heavily influenced by R&B and alternative rock/grunge.
What was the first song you ever wrote?
Well I only started writing music a couple of years ago, but I’ve written so many songs to this date I couldn’t tell you, I know it’s definitely really shit though.
We saw on your Instagram that you’re currently gearing up to release new music – what can you tell us about this?
So I’m planning on releasing a project called ADHD in the upcoming months, it’s a collection of songs that I’ve written over the past year that have evolved into something bigger than just “tracks”. These tunes mean a great deal to me and hopefully they’ll connect with a lot of people. I’m really excited to drop it.
What do you most like to write about?
I write about anything that I feel. All my songs are based on real experiences that I’ve had and situations that I’ve been in, good or bad. I’m open for writing about anything. On ADHD for example I write about a lot of different things; mental health, addiction, love, sex, drugs, euphoria are all a part of this project.
What’s your creative process?
First and foremost I’m a producer by trade so I’ll always start with the production. Whether that’s a riff or a beat or a weird sound, the sound of whatever it is will determine the way I write the song, it’s different every time I work on something new. A year or so ago when I was mostly making electronic based music I would start with a beat, but since I’ve introduced guitars into my music I try to start with a guitar riff to get a vibe. Then once I’ve got that in I can develop it however I choose.
What do you expect people to take away from your music?
To be hopeful and open minded about the future of guitar music.
What else have you got planned for this year?
Apart from releasing some new tracks I’m playing Reading & Leeds festival on the Radio 1 dance stage which is sick!