Dispatches from The Resistance – Meet, Brave Little Note

A visceral, emotional response, triggered by the election of Donald Trump to personal experiences of misogyny.

I’m all about this , for anyone who pays attention to what I write you clearly understand that I am part of the resistance. And as part of the resistance , if you have something to say about the state of affairs in Europe or the US , send it my way and I’ll do my best to help spread the artistic reaction against this shift to the right. That being said when I read this in my inbox this morning , my immediate reaction was to begin the post.

Meet – Brave Little Note

1) For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?

I have been somewhat self-indulgently and secretively making my own music for the past 7 years. A lot of it had ended up in Film and Tv and Library. I gig rarely, but it’s always lovely when I do. I haven’t released anything before, for no real reason other than it’s the making of the music that I love the best, and after that there wasn’t time left to see to the business end of things,so I didn’t actively pursue it.

2) Who would you list as your musical influence?

Rachmaninov, Hendrix, Bob Marley, Herbie Hancock, Bjork, Human League, A-ha, Nightmares on Wax.. So… many.. Can’t… even,,,

3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?

After I wrote my first song, It was picked up by MTV unsigned and then the Scotsman Radar prize and then a couple of Film and TV opportunities came up all within the space of about a month.. It was a really nice boost at a time when I’d felt a bit lost. I’d never felt so at home as I did writing, but it was hard to justify to myself that I could legitimately continue. Those acknowledgements really bolstered my confidence. When my music was used on the Orphan Black season 2 trailer, that was pretty cool. Also the trailer for the film Honeymoon..

4) What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?

My hope is to keep writing and making as much music as I can, and to start to connect with a broader audience. I’m going to crowd fund my first proper album later this year. Watch this space!

5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts, Laura Marling – Short movie, Laura Mvula – Overcome, Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree, Soak – before we forgot to dream.

6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

Hmm.. To be honest, as much as I’m not keen.. I wouldn’t have had any other way of getting myself in to the public forum. I’m a mum of three and time is very precious, so in terms of what you can achieve from home, social media is pretty convenient. Having said that, I’m not sure how easy it is to be heard over the vast volume of other lovely (and not so lovely) noise out there.

7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

I don’t turn it off no, If people have given me their time and their ears, I’m grateful for that. I haven’t had anything negative to deal with yet though so.. maybe I’d feel differently if I was trolled or something! It wouldn’t affect what I write, as I made my peace with ‘what I write is what I write’ a long time ago.

8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

South America, New York, The Far East. Japan would be cool!

9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

Music can soothe or uplift, enthuse or insight. It’s excellent at facilitating emotional release, of any flavour.

10) Any last thoughts for your fans?

Thanks for your ears and your kindness. It means a lot. Really. A lot.

Brave Little Note – Facebook

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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