Meet Brian, 27 years old from San Diego, CA.
I wanted a playlist of songs that tapped into the same kind of energy and love that Lord Huron does in their music. It was a time in my life of discovery of this particular genre of music. It was intimately connected to the life experiences I was going through at that time.”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Blue Mind by Alexi Murdoch combines a sense of everything to be felt in our life. You can feel your sadness but be overjoyed by the beauty of where it comes from, love. Ultimately, this song paints a picture of a beautiful journey of hardship, love, and joy without directly stating it in the lyrics. For me, I don't need my life to be perfect as long as I can recognize the beauty in others and in humanity. Somehow this song allows me to feel at peace and free with everything that is painful.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
As an amateur artist I used to have an obsession with lyrics and placed such high importance on them. But I have come to a place where I have realized that the music says so much more than the lyrics. Its in the feel of how a song is played and sung that communicates the message. You can write lyrics about spiritual enlightenment but if you sing it in a dominating and coercive voice, the latter is what emerges in that song, not spiritually enlightening ideas.
Favorite artist? Top 5?
Elephant Revival, Band of Gringos, Shook Twins, Grateful Dead, Slightly Stoopid
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive) and why?
It would definitely be Jerry Garcia. What he helped create was so outside of the box, I'd just be so curious to hear the ways in which he thinks about music that I had never heard before. Having a conversation with him about music would surely expand the boundaries of what I thought was possible in music. I am always interested in hearing ideas about music that are not based around self-identity and ego but rather apply to the larger picture of what music is to humanity and to our spirituality. There is something absolutely magic about music that goes far beyond it being a tool to create an identity. Jerry had tapped into this and realized that it was bigger than his own fame or recognition, that he was channeling something greater.
Underground Music Showcase in Denver, the artist was Still Woozy.