INTERVIEWING brenda carsey

Dream Collaboration?

My dream collaboration would be to somehow work with Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Damon Albarn, Erykah Badu, Pharrell Williams, Beck, and Questlove. Not sure if all that magic could happen in one collaboration so perhaps this would be for a few different collabs. They are all wonderful artists and musicians and it would be an honor and a dream to work with each of them.  

What is your favorite source of non-musical inspiration? 

I would say it's a tie between nature excursions, people watching, and love.

Do you have to deal with performance anxiety? If so, how?

I am lucky to say I haven't experienced much pre-stage nervousness. I get in the zone of business and performance and I love what I do. I do get post-performance jitters though. After some bigger shows, I'll be tired and excited and wonder if it was good, if people enjoyed the show and music, how it sounded, what it looked like... my brain will start dissecting everything that happened. So perhaps I have post show anxiety? Haha.

Dream venue to play?

Definitely the Hollywood Bowl! Being a Southern California native, that's my home-bass. Such a historic, magical, special venue. I can feel it in my core. It's only a matter of time before I get to bring some awe to that lovely stage and share the night with a swooping hillside of lovely humans. 

What is your first musical memory?

My first musical memory is singing a song about the months of the year in both English and Spanish on risers with my whole class in preschool. 

Favorite way to break a creative block?

The most important thing I have learned is that if no new music or words are ready to come out of me, to not force it and more importantly, to not judge myself. There is no "normal" or "need" to be constantly creating for me. It is equally as important to be in moments of experiencing life. Going on a hike, going out dancing, going to a party, meeting new people, going to the beach, going to a show to support others, letting go and exploring a new love interest...all important! A rich life of experience and memories, both light-hearted and dark, lend themselves to fuel for future writing.

Is there any hidden meaning in any of your music?

My music is definitely multi-layered. I wouldn't say the meaning of my music is hidden necessarily, just often expressed through poetry and metaphor lyrically with often thematic accompanying music that captures the mood of the topics in each song.

When will you feel like you’ve “Made It?”

I don’t know if I will ever feel that sensation. It’s a constant climb of new experiences, many good and some bad. This path for me is an experience of new levels of success, new experiences, new places to travel to, new stages to play on, new people to collaborate with, new ways to be creative and connect with the process and what’s possible, and new experiences of failure too. It’s a constant, forever path.

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