Singer-songwriters came into popularity in the early 1970’s and they are still sharing their stories with us today. One such singer-songwriter is Washington, DC based Luke Brindley.
Barb WYEP’s Sunday Mix Host (WYEP): Luke thanks for taking the time to answer some questions via email for the WYEP Music Blog.
WYEP: There are many singer-songwriters out there today pursuing their passion for making music. How do you differentiate yourself from the others?
Luke Brindley (LB): i think what differentiate me is my lyrics and my guitar playing and also my life situation and perspective is different that most of the singer/songwriters out there - i'm supporting a large family doing this. that responsibility and life experience informs my music.
WYEP: It’s interesting that you put a bonus instrumental track “Dervish” on your CD “Luke Brindley” and recently put out a five-track instrumental CD “Solo Guitar”. As a singer-songwriter, do you enjoy writing songs without lyrics and sharing what you can do with just your guitar (which you built yourself)?
LB: yes! it's a nice break for me and the audience to have instrumentals in the set. instrumentals like "dervish" really grab peoples attention because it's something unexpected. i enjoy playing it every night. i studied music in school and it's nice to be able to focus on the instrument without words once in a while!
WYEP: You began recording with your brother Daniel and released a couple of albums as The Brindley Brothers. So how is it out there being a solo act?
LB: it's harder to get attention as a solo act i think - there are so many great singer/songwriters out there! i enjoy the flexibility of touring solo but i miss the camaraderie of being in a band.
WYEP: You are in the process of recording a new album. Why did you decide to go the fan financing route to make The New Record?
LB: i debated doing it for a while but then a few of my friends had done it successfully and that was inspiring. i had put out the last couple records on my own with zero budget and i knew that i needed a budget behind me to record and promote this next record properly. these are some of the best songs i've ever written and my fanbase has grown a lot since the last release. the support of the fans has been incredible! knowing that i have them on my side every time i sit down to write or head into the studio is a fantastic and encouraging feeling!
WYEP: Did you ask for advice from other artists who have been down the “fan funding” road? If so, what has been the best piece of advice that you have received so far?
LB: i did. i talked to a few of my friends who had tried fan funding and without exception they said it's a great way to go. they gave me advice on how to structure the incentives, how to keep in touch with supporters along the way, etc. i kind of took all the advice, what had worked for them and made it my own. i think that's one of the attractive things about the process is each artist's program can reflect his/her personality.
WYEP: You maintain a food blog called What Exit?. What type of food do you look for when you’re on the road?
LB: yeah i did that for fun but i think i'm going to make it a little bigger soon - invite other artists to participate etc. i'm always on the lookout for inexpensive food that's indigenous to the region - like primanti bros in pittsburgh, the nj style sloppy joes at the millburn deli, in millburn nj. philly cheese steaks, bbq in memphis, etc.
WYEP: You were born in Philly, raised in NJ and now call Northern VA home. You also have family in Pittsburgh. What’s it like for you to perform here with family in the audience?
LB: i love it. my music is very much influenced by family and the spirit of family. they're very supportive of me when i come to the area and it's cool to see them when i can. sometimes even my grandparents will come out to the clubs!
WYEP: Thanks for your time Luke and see you soon!
LB: thanks barb - see you sunday!!!
Luke Brindley will open for Willy Porter on April 18th.
Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host